I have read the hard copy of this book a few times and felt silly for downloading the audible version (at first that is). I enjoyed hearing the story so much. Donada Peters gives a wonderful voice to this book. Since I have never studied French, I was not sure about some of the proununciations which the narrator smoothed through nicely. The author gives quite a bit of detail I never knew about Marie Antoinette and the time she lived in. Even though I knew how the story would end, I found myself very sad at the conclusion of the book. An enjoyable listen that I will listen to again.
LOVED the book, and i had no problem with the narration; tho that may be because my Mom is British and I'm used to the accent. Don't let it stop you from purchasing.
Very informative and very interesting at the same time. There is an overflow of interesting information about Marie Antoinette and those close who were close to her that isn't well known. Alot of scandal and juicy details. It's hard to believe that this all really happened. There is a lot of reference information dropped causually, which adds to the credability of the book. Antonia Fraser did an excellant job helping the reader/listenter comprehend the complexity of the subject without losing interest. Infact, at times it's jaw dropping. The narrator is perfect for the job. Very well spoken and uses different accents in order help imagine the people she spoke of.
Once again Antonia Fraser does a magnificent job bringing what could be bland historical research, to life. The problem with this audiobook is the reader. Her voice, once you get used to it is fine. It is her choice of doing foreign accents, male/female voice characters and even children's voices that is .... freaky. I wanted to pull off my headset more than once. Please, next time, just a good solid read would suffice.
I, like a few other listeners, have found the narrator of this story so annoying that it has been hard to get through this otherwise good book. The details and historical accounts about Marie Antoinette are very interesting, and of course, cleared up a lot of confusion that I had when watching the historically inaccurate movie.
History hasn't been kind to Marie Antoinette. I found her to be a very sympathetic and misuderstood woman, who was a victim of the political fervor. One can listen to this book and draw parallels to the damage that gossip and ennuendo could do to current public figures. As to the reviewer who was perturbed by the pronunciation of "murray" rather than "Marie", one has to take in account that it is probably more accurate to the French pronunciation. I appreciated that the reader took pride in proper pronunciation rather than anglicizing foreign names and terms.
Wow. I loved every minute. I knew what happened in the end, but it didn't matter...until the end. A big book, unabridged, and well narrated. She does call her "marry" antoinette, but you get over it. The book seems pointed to her favor, but that is nice for a change. I am listening to it again, so I can catch all the subtlties, and names. (They wiz by). Also...Check the book out from your library, so you can see the pics)
The overall story was enjoyable and well written. However, this story drags you down with too much detail.