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Becoming Marie Antoinette: A Novel | [Juliet Grey]

Becoming Marie Antoinette: A Novel

Raised alongside her numerous brothers and sisters by the formidable empress of Austria, ten-year-old Maria Antonia knew that her idyllic existence would one day be sacrificed to her mother’s political ambitions. What she never anticipated was that the day in question would come so soon.
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Publisher's Summary

This enthralling confection of a novel, the first in a new trilogy, follows the transformation of a coddled Austrian archduchess into the reckless, powerful, beautiful queen Marie Antoinette.

"Why must it be me?" I wondered. "When I am so clearly inadequate to my destiny?"

Raised alongside her numerous brothers and sisters by the formidable empress of Austria, ten-year-old Maria Antonia knew that her idyllic existence would one day be sacrificed to her mother’s political ambitions. What she never anticipated was that the day in question would come so soon.

Before she can journey from sunlit picnics with her sisters in Vienna to the glitter, glamour, and gossip of Versailles, Antonia must change everything about herself in order to be accepted as dauphine of France and the wife of the awkward teenage boy who will one day be Louis XVI. Yet nothing can prepare her for the ingenuity and influence it will take to become queen.

Filled with smart history, treacherous rivalries, lavish clothes, and sparkling jewels, Becoming Marie Antoinette will utterly captivate fiction and history lovers alike.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

©2011 Juliet Grey (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“A thoroughly enjoyable novel, brimming with delightful details. Grey writes eloquently and with charming humor, bringing ‘Toinette’ vividly to life as she is schooled and groomed - molded, quite literally - for a future as Queen of France, an innocent pawn in a deadly political game.”(Sandra Gulland, bestselling author of Mistress of the Sun and the Josephine Bonaparte trilogy)

"In her richly imagined novel, Juliet Grey meticulously recreates the sumptuous court of France's most tragic queen. Beautifully written, with attention paid to even the smallest detail, Becoming Marie Antoinette will leave readers wanting more!" (Michelle Moran, bestselling author of Madame Tussaud)

“A lively and sensitive portrait of a young princess in a hostile court, and one of the most sympathetic portrayals of the doomed queen.” (Lauren Willig, bestselling author of the Pink Carnation series)

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    Darlene M. Formanek monroe, ME, United States 02-21-12
    Darlene M. Formanek monroe, ME, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2012

    I am really not in to romance.. I like historic writing the are fiction but follow closely to historic time lines.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes and already have.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    really? marie of course


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Grey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i like that the author read the story who better to know the charactors


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monet SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 10-03-11
    Monet SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 10-03-11 Member Since 2011

    Mama Lee

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    What made the experience of listening to Becoming Marie Antoinette the most enjoyable?

    Rich story, great narration


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator was awesome, covering so many characters well but none better than Marie.


    Who was the most memorable character of Becoming Marie Antoinette and why?

    Marie of course, so much for a young girl to manage...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela N. Gimlin Nashville 06-24-14
    Angela N. Gimlin Nashville 06-24-14 Member Since 2011

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    If you could sum up Becoming Marie Antoinette in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, page turner


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Becoming Marie Antoinette?

    All of the things she had to go through to be accepted by the French court.


    Any additional comments?

    I REALLY hope the sequel of this book comes to audible soon!

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    Lisa M Hartman Arizona 07-04-12
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    Less Detailed than others I have read but had a slightly different slant. I enjoyed it very much and want the next book ASAP!


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