I don't know where authors got this idea that writing novels in the present tense would be a good idea; traditionally, publishers required a past-tense narration. This style simply grates on my nerves too much; it feels awkward, probably since I've spent 30-something years reading books in the past tense. And I was so looking forward to listening to this book (I thoroughly enjoyed Michelle Moran's novel, Nefertiti, so was looking forward to her novel about the French Revolution). So, now I'm about to return this book. Le-sigh.
I really enjoyed this book - with perhaps the caveat that the narrator really overprounces the French words to sound extra-French and that gets annoying. Words like "cashier" that really you don't need to Frenchify for the story. Other than that, it was interesting, informative, and kept my attention! Worth a credit for sure.
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It was ok, but historical fiction can be annoying. How much was fiction and how much was true??
I have to save my sensitive eyes for thesis-writing, so audiobooks are how I keep up with my favourite authors and have fun.
This listen is both well-written and well-performed. The story has a very authentic feel and really puts the listener in the heart of the revolution. Very entertaining and informative.
I like the way this story pulled in other events and people of that time. So many pieces start fitting together when I read a book like this. And I like this narrator in every book she's performed.
The combination of great research, an author who makes the story live and a great narrator is perfect! I learned so much I didn't know about this time in the history of France. Very haunting and the story lingers still in my mind.
Probably the event that stands out in my mind is when the mob took heads on poles to Marie to make models.
I loved the friendship between Marie and princess Elizabeth
If I listened to it all in one setting it would have ended much too soon. I needed time to digest what I had read between each session of listening.
I highly recommend this to lovers of historical fiction. It will be especially meaningful to those with a love of European history.
Yes I would recommend. It gives a good idea for the happenings of the French Revolution while introducing you to the life of A great historic female artist.
When she was brought the first decapitated heads, not because it was so gruesome, but because of the situation it placed her in and how she dealt with it.
I've never read any of Michelle Moran's books, but I think I'll try some of her others. This one was fascinating. I know that much of the story is based on fact and one can see how much research went into this book. The story of Paris during the French Revolution became more and more horrifying to me as the story went on and I could imagine how terrifying it must have been for ordinary French citizens during that time. No one was safe. The Royal Family did too little too late, Robespierre ended up with too much power, and citizens had to adapt to the changing winds at the drop of a hat (or a head...). Something interesting about this book was the epilogue, where the listener was able to find out about the characters' fates at the end of the Revolution. Definitely worth the credit!
Yes, it is a truly unique insight into the french revolution,
Her stance on refusing to make the death mask of Princess Lisbett
Her strong pronunciation on french terms and compassion toward the lead character
Madame Tussauds feelings and thoughts when making death masks of the royal family
My 1st review in 5 years of listening to audio books - this read truly moved me
Horrifyingly entrancing look at the French revolution.
1776 by David McCullough
Great read. Beautiful accent with 99% correct pronunciation of French words.
It made me anxious as there are too many parallels to what is happening now days in many countries, including ours. Joblessness, calls to riot being easily spread by "alternate" media, poverty, calls for "redistribution of wealth", massive government give-away programs, etc. People need to read more history and be aware of things we must avoid. This book manages to give a glimpse into some of the influences of the French Revolution while telling the fictionalized story of Madame Tussauld. Now I would love to go see the wax museum that I skipped when I was in London. Next time I will stop by for sure.
It is romance, history, suspense all in one and very well narrated.
Whenever I finish a good book like this, I feel bereft, as if leaving an old friend behind and now I have to go find a new one. Though I will also be relieved to be leaving such a depressing (in parts) story and will be looking for a lighter read for my next listen.