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The Winter Palace - A Novel of Catherine the Great

Eva Stachniak

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal • The Washington Post From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history's boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great's improbable rise to power-as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne. Her name is Barbara-in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she's allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world's most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen-and to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie's destiny at court is to marry the Empress's nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears. What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie's confidante-and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power. With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara's secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend-through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia. Impeccably researched and magnificently written, The Winter Palace is an irresistible peek through the keyhole of one of history's grandest tales. Praise for The Winter Palace "A majestic and splendidly written tale of pride, passion, intrigue, and deceit that is brought alive from the first page to the last."-Rosalind Laker "At the same time baroque and intimate,

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal • The Washington Post From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history's boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great's improbable rise to power-as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne. Her name is Barbara-in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she's allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world's most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen-and to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie's destiny at court is to marry the Empress's nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears. What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie's confidante-and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power. With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara's secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend-through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia. Impeccably researched and magnificently written, The Winter Palace is an irresistible peek through the keyhole of one of history's grandest tales. Praise for The Winter Palace "A majestic and splendidly written tale of pride, passion, intrigue, and deceit that is brought alive from the first page to the last."-Rosalind Laker "At the same time baroque and intimate,
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal • The Washington Post From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history's boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great's improbable rise to power-as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne. Her name is Barbara-in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she's allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world's most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen-and to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie's destiny at court is to marry the Empress's nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears. What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie's confidante-and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power. With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara's secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend-through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia. Impeccably researched and magnificently written, The Winter Palace is an irresistible peek through the keyhole of one of history's grandest tales. Praise for The Winter Palace "A majestic and splendidly written tale of pride, passion, intrigue, and deceit that is brought alive from the first page to the last."-Rosalind Laker "At the same time baroque and intimate,

Language:

English

Narrators:

Beata Pozniak

Length:

18h 43m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:58


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:04


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:12


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:05


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:20


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:44


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:23


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:50


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:38


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:02


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:21


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:07


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:24


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:43


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:20


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:20


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:25


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:06


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:26


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:23


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:29


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:18


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:02


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:36


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:09


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:39


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:34


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:32


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:59


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:58


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:45


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:26


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:39


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:33


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:31


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:04


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:47


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:54


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:33


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:47


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:59


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:56


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:36


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:20


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:57


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:57


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:59


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:52


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:46


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:30


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:33


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:41


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:22


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:00


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:22


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:09


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:00


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:48


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:24


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:11


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:56


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:56


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:29


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:40


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:56


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:01


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:21


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:36


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:43


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:30


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:08


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:03


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:13


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:36


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:43


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:50


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:35


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:59


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:08


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:45


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:21


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:55


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:25


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:35


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

07:03


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:12


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:37


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:00


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:44


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:19


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:58


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:17


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:40


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:53


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:21


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:17


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:40


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:51


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

07:49


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:39


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:35


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:12


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:06


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:56


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

06:46


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

07:44


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

06:36


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

07:08


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:59


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

07:54


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

07:24


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:17


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:20


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:35


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

06:45


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:54


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

07:27


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:13


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

07:01


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

06:07


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

06:54


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

06:09


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

06:01


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

06:20


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

06:25


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

00:32