We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
I Am Madame X Audiobook

I Am Madame X

Regular Price:$24.47
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Even before John Singer Sargent painted her portrait, Virginie Gautreau's reputation for promiscuity and showy self-display made her the subject of vicious Paris gossip. In this remarkable novel, the author tells Virginie's story, drawing on the sketchy facts of the notorious beauty's life to recreate her tempestuous personality, the captivating milieu of Belle Epoch Paris, and the struggle between artist and model to control the painting that would change their lives and affect the course of art history.

©2003 Gioia Diliberto; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Lively and provocative." (Booklist)
"This fast scroll through history against a backdrop of parties, salons, operas, artists' studios, and sexual escapades is inviting for its wealth of well-researched period details." (Publishers Weekly)
"A compelling novel....Diliberto's writing brings Virginie to life in a way that Sargent's portrait does not." (Library Journal)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.4 (31 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
3.7 (15 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.8 (13 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jennifer L. Richardson 08-06-05 Member Since 2016

    heartnsoul

    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great fun!"

    I really enjoyed this book. It moved along well and kept my interest better than most. The narrorator's voice is a little fussy at times but it doesn't interfere too much. It really made me see John Singer Sargent's portraits in a more intimate way. As an Art Historian, I always cringe just a little at fictional interpretations of artists and their subjects since people often just accept it as truth. Thankfully there is a short but straightforward bio of Madame X at the end to clear up any misconceptions though after such a convincing story it is hard to forget the imagined details.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Aaron Elliott Saint Louis, MO, US 06-10-07
    Aaron Elliott Saint Louis, MO, US 06-10-07 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    133
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    171
    34
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Falls Short of Earring's Passion"

    I was delightfully surprised with this book. Very entertaining and engaging. It's wants to be like Girl with a Pearl Earring...it falls short of it's passion and release. The Epilogue is the most interesting part of the book. The reader does a very good job and has many voices she has to perform. A quick easy read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-27-13
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-27-13 Member Since 2014

    OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2590
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1589
    263
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    303
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "JUST OK"
    Would you try another book from Gioia Diliberto and/or Lorna Raver?

    I've listened to a kazillion books read by the outstanding Lorna Raver so nothing will stop me from being one of her big fans. As for the author, she did the best she could with the subject matter at hand.. Nothing in this book, which was just OK, has turned me off from Diliberto.


    What was most disappointing about Gioia Diliberto’s story?

    I don't understand why it was written. This is a bit of fluff that taught me nothing.


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

    As I've said many, many times in my reviews, Ms Raver is one of the best. She has made really bad books so much better by her amazing performances.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    No reaction. It is neither so good for me to want more nor so bad for me to trash it outright.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    deborah 11-04-15
    deborah 11-04-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great"

    I wish there was more about the artist and the painting of the painting but over all it was interesting listen to hear about that one in history

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.