As others have said, the velvet and lace romantic intrigues are subpar for Dumas, but the novel as a whole is redeemed by its enlargement and shading of the series' characters, insightful flourishes, and above all by the sublime performance of Simon Vance, who intones new meaning into otherwise hackneyed soap opera.
Rare insights into French and Parisian cultural history of the 1860-1870's. Expertly delivered.
I m surprised at the criticism of the reader. As a veteran of more than 20 years of book-on-tape, in my opinion, Fred Williams is one of the best, particularly in this genre of multiple languages and an objective-then-subjective author. Perhaps others are more taken with Hollywood melodrama and histrionics.
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