This is not a history book, but the author claims a strong attempt to be historically accurate. The book is fiction and seems biased in favor of royal autocratic rule, The leading character only shows a modest sympathy for the plight of the poor.
The central character lived and left a verifiable history. She taught royalty and was modestly wealthy even during times when the population was starving. Her perspective in the book and perhaps in her historical records would thus be skewed.
None the less, the book is interesting and may tell an accurate view of the French revolution from the perspective of Madam Tussaud even if her view did not accurately reflect the view of a major portion of the population.
courage, talent, intelligence
I might have truly enjoyed that. Regardless it was a wonderfully written story about the entire city of French people at the time of the revolution: what drew them in, who aroused the issues and incited the involvement, how the King and Queen were perceived and treated from a very realistic perspective and what it may have genuinely been like to experience the horrendous French Revolution. it was barbaric and the story was written from a member of the masses not the royalty, which gave a much deeper perspective of the struggle. i never enjoyed learning French History quite as much as I did when i read this novel.
I love books which are as accurate as possible while telling a fascinating story. This one was bloody, other than that it was great.
Loved the story, the way was written-gave new insight about events of French Revolution. The narration was the best-great voices, phrasing and perfect French pronunciations-really helped carry the story along. Also appreciate the author doing a little follow up on the characters lives after the revolution.
What is there not to like about anything Michelle Moran writes? As usual her title character comes alive as the reader views the French Revolution through her eyes. The narrater was wonderful.
The story was dry and not very entertaining. I did listen to the whole thing but it took me a looong time. I am glad its over!
No, I do generally enjoy historical fiction but not this particular story.
Most of it. Maybe the story would have been better if it was told from another characters prespective.
I love Michelle Moran and got this book without listening to a sample. If I had I would not have purchased. I may try to read this on my kindle b/c I love the author's other books so much. I could not get past a few chapters of this book b/c of the heavy french accent. I don't need the accent to make it feel authentic. This drives me crazy and ruins good books! If you really wanted it to be authentic then wouldn't it be spoken in french, and not english with a french accent? Oh wait, it was written in english by an American author...