There is nothing that ruins a good narrated book faster than bad foreign accents. The narrator was either lazily reading the descriptives or faking several accents. I couldn't give this book better marks for this reason.
This is the scariest book you will ever read. It makes you realize how powerless Washington is and how the Saudis use oil and religion as a weapon. The Saudi Royals can do as they please and the world can't do a thing about it.
This is not so much a history as a well told story. Nicely researched. Josephine has her faults, failings, weaknesses and blind spots. But she also has her virtues, strengths, good points and areas where our sympathy is touched. She is human. Alive and real. The author takes you along on her life. Very fluid. Very engaging.
I was not pleased with this book from the start. For someone who wrote the wonderfully researched "Josephine", the author really lost touch with history on this one. Historical novels always take creative license, but this ran into the realm of lack of research. It would have been a good idea for the author to at least glance at Antonia Frasier's book for some accuracy. Marie was not allowed to take anything Austrian with her. In this book, she retains her entire retinue. Louis XV was not a wheelchair bound old man but a vital and handsome man with a taste for a pretty woman. These are but two and I am not even done with the book. I do not recommend it for Marie Antoinette fan.
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