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Marie Antoinette Audiobook

Marie Antoinette: The Journey

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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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    AmandaB 04-08-16
    AmandaB 04-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    The reader was hard to follow due to her accent. It made it harder to remember what was already covered. Would have been better with another performer.

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    Summer 07-29-15
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    "Superb detail and well-read"

    Antonia Fraser writes a detailed account of Marie Antoinette's life supported by primary sources of differing perspectives. As a history teacher, I was delightfully surprised to learn so much more about circumstances surrounding the Queen's life and Europe as a whole during this time period. At times, the story seemed to move a bit slowly because of the detail, but it didn't impact my overall enjoyment. Also, I appreciated the epilogue, which resolved many unanswered questions about MA's legacy.

    I was also very satisfied with Donada Peters' narration, especially after reading such critical reviews from others. I love that she used different voices and accents to personalize the LARGE number of people cited in this story, which made it much easier to put everything in context while listening.

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    Natalie VANCOUVER, WA, United States 07-28-15
    Natalie VANCOUVER, WA, United States 07-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating insight into an infamous woman"
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    I purchased this book for a trip to France with my family. I wanted to immerse myself in French history. It was so interesting listening to this then seeing Versailles with my own eyes, visiting the Petite Trianon, and Marie Antoinette's little play farm.

    This book humanized her. This book helped me to understand her at a different level, away from the layers of historic baggage. In many ways she lived a life of luxury, rich beyond my imagination. In many others, she was terribly neglected by the people in her life. The end, as we know, is tragic for her. I found myself weeping for a woman who essentially failed at everything in life, largely through the whims of fate, and her own lack of skills. A woman whose husband was killed, and who had two children die, and then was killed knowing that her two remaining children were left to a terrible fate.

    I loved how the author used so many first person quotes, this history is so well documented, it is fascinating to hear what the players thought at the time.

    The last chapter was especially well done, when the author examines how Marie Antoinette was treated differently than her husband, and how that was due mostly to sexism. I wish she would have gone a little further to explore how Marie Antoinette has been portrayed in history, because I think there is significant misogyny in the way she is portrayed even today. Still, when visiting the excesses of Versailles, and the very odd farm that emphasized how utterly clueless she was as to how most people lived, I had sympathy for those who executed her. Even though she was a scapegoat, a symbol of many years of history.

    Many people have criticized the reader. I wasn't bothered. I liked how she changed her voice for different people in the book, and although she often pronounced "Marie Antoinette" "Mary Antoinette". Definitely listen to the sample before purchasing.

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    Cristie B. Belgrade, MT, United States 07-06-15
    Cristie B. 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

    Wife, Mother, Daughter, Believer, Bibliophile, Dreamer

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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
    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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