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Marie Antoinette: The Journey | [Antonia Fraser]

Marie Antoinette: The Journey

France's iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake", was alternately revered and reviled during her lifetime. For centuries since, she has been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in European history.
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Publisher's Summary

France's iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake", was alternately revered and reviled during her lifetime. For centuries since, she has been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in European history. Antonia Fraser's lavish and engaging portrait excites compassion and regard for all aspects of the queen, immersing the listener not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, but in the culture of an unparalleled time and place.

©2001 Antonia Fraser; (P)2001 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The portrait is drawn delicately, with pleasant touches of humor...Fraser's approach is controlled and thoughtful." (Publishers Weekly)
"Absorbing as ever. Fraser's blend of insight and research persuade us that this unfortunate queen deserves neither the vilification nor the idealization she has received." (The New Yorker)
"Donada Peters...excels at injecting subtle irony into seemingly flat narrative. She handles the snotty comments and the lewd scandal-mongering of the court with equal aplomb. Fraser is one of the most highly respected and best-selling biographers of our time, and it's easy to see why in this enlightening glimpse into the turbulent France of the 1770s." (AudioFile)

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    Cristie Belgrade, MT, United States 07-06-15
    Cristie Belgrade, MT, United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it."

    What a tragic history. This book gave a full account of the facts and misconceptions of a queen victimized by tabloids. It was a great read.

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    Xana DosSantos 03-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    being a fan and having read this book some 10 years earlier , not only I loved it more but the will listen again.

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    LC 01-28-15
    LC 01-28-15
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    "Great book, narration was enjoyable"

    The narrator wasn't what I expected, but Peters reads with a great deal of expression. Fascinating story, fantastic research. Really happy with this one.

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    Julie LA VERGNE, TENNESSEE, United States 10-11-13
    Julie LA VERGNE, TENNESSEE, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2012

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    "I loved this book"
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    Donada Peters did an incredible job narrating this book! I listened to it through a second time. I'm so intrigued with M.A. and I think Fraser did an amazing job portraying her class and beauty.

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    MRS 08-27-12
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    "Excellent book by respected author"
    Where does Marie Antoinette rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The second best book I have read through Audible. The first was The Presidents Club


    What did you like best about this story?

    As usual Antonia Fraser tells a well known subject but has a different and well researched twist.


    Which character – as performed by Donada Peters – was your favorite?

    Mfarie Antoinette of course


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several


    Any additional comments?

    I have read other books by this author and always enjoyed them

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    Caroline Mesa, AZ, United States 10-26-11
    Caroline Mesa, AZ, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2011

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    "A complete story of the life of Marie Antoinette"

    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.

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    Charlotte 07-25-11
    Charlotte 07-25-11
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    "Excellent Book...No Problem with Narration"

    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.

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    jessica SMYRNA, TN, United States 03-18-11
    jessica SMYRNA, TN, United States 03-18-11
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    "Very informative! Best History. It's wonderful."

    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.

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    Richard Glendale, NY, USA 06-19-09
    Richard Glendale, NY, USA 06-19-09
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    "Great book Rough Listen"

    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.

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    Michael 10-14-08
    Michael 10-14-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Very detailed and informative"

    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.

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