Book pak Books on Tape 1998
CS ISBN 0736640983 $56.00 Seven cassettes
Here is an offering from Books on Tape that one wishes some more ambitious publisher had issued. Not that it will bore or offend you. It deals with a fascinating subject--the corpses of the last Czar of Russia and his family. The Romanovs were presumed assassinated during the revolution, but the stories were vague, the bodies missing and pretenders always showing up...until very recently. The book details how their bodies were found and scientifically identified, just as the Soviet Union was collapsing and the new order (or lack of it) beginning. The listener aches for the visual evidence (continually being referred to) that one can find in a conventional book or in the TV documentaries that have appeared on the subject. As in many BOT nonfiction titles, the narrator, in this case Geoffrey Howard, reads like a robot, pushing for clarity but investing no personality whatsoever. Fortunately, he at least pronounces all the foreign names and technical terms correctly and even knows what they mean. Y.R. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 00]
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