Sisi tells the little-known story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, the Princess Diana of her time, in an enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a gripping pause resister.
Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabeth - fondly known as Sisi - captures the hearts of her people as their "fairy queen", but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far more complex figure. In mid-19th-century Vienna, the halls of the Hofburg Palace buzz not only with imperial waltzes and champagne but with temptations, rivals, and cutthroat intrigue. Feeling stifled by strict protocols and a turbulent marriage, Sisi grows restless. A free-spirited wanderer, she finds solace at her estate outside Budapest. There she rides her beloved horses and enjoys visits from the Hungarian statesman Count Andrássy, the man with whom she's unwittingly fallen in love.
But tragic news brings Sisi out of her fragile seclusion, forcing her to return to her capital and a world of gossip, envy, and sorrow where a dangerous fate lurks in the shadows. Through love affairs and loss, dedication and defiance, Sisi struggles against conflicting desires: to keep her family together or to flee amid the collapse of her suffocating marriage and the gathering tumult of the First World War. In an age of crumbling monarchies, Sisi fights to assert her right to the throne beside her husband, to win the love of her people and the world, and to save an empire. But in the end, can she save herself?
Featuring larger-than-life historic figures such as Bavaria's "Mad King Ludwig" and the tragic Crown Prince Rudolf, and set against many of Europe's grandest sites - from Germany's storied Neuschwanstein Castle to England's lush shires - Sisi brings to life an extraordinary woman and the romantic, volatile era over which she presided.
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By Robin Johnson on 02-08-17
First, the narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden is very talented which makes this book much better than the first book. I could listen to her read a phone book her voice is so lovely. And she did a great job of changing voices to suit the character in the book. Second, the book is just as well written as the first and was a joy to learn more about beautiful Sisi. Highly recommend this book. To bad the first one can't be rerecorded using this narrator as it would make all the difference but sadly you'll have to suffer through the first one else you will be confused where this one picks up.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Linda Saraco on 17-07-16
outstanding in every way
Where does Sisi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It was rich and full of depth. I was engaged throughout the story. The narrator was superb. Actually - she was the best narrator of all the books I've listen to so far. She was adept at expressing the tones and nuances of all the characters giving them a unique voice. She brought the story to life. This book was well done and very complete.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Sisi?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I tear slip out a few times.
Any additional comments?
It's a wonderful book.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful