From a ferociously talented writer, praised as "the fire, in my opinion. And the light" by Junot Diaz, comes a blazing portrait of one woman's rise from courtesan to world-renowned diva.
Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singer's chance at immortality. When one is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four could have betrayed her: one is dead, one loves her, one wants to own her. And one, she hopes, never thinks of her at all. As she mines her memories for clues, she recalls her life as an orphan who left the American frontier for Europe and was swept up into the glitzy, gritty world of Second Empire Paris. To survive, she transformed herself from hippodrome rider to courtesan, from empress' maid to debut singer, all the while weaving a complicated web of romance, obligation, and political intrigue.
Featuring a cast of characters drawn from history, The Queen of the Night follows Lilliet as she moves closer to the truth behind the mysterious opera and the role that could secure her reputation - or destroy her with the secrets it reveals.
©2016 Alexander Chee (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I'm not sure, as a fan of historical fiction and complex stories I felt sure I would love this. For me the story lacked depth, and didn't evoke any emotion. It also felt strangely repetitive.
I didn't really have a problem with the narration, but perhaps it contributed to the lack of emotion.
I found the history interesting and learned new things about opera.
recently into historical fiction
I most enjoyed the historical aspects of the book. The book does not shy away from history and gives vivid detail about the Franco-Prussian war.
I would hesitantly recommend this book. It is a good story but the listener/reader must be willing to commit quite a bit of time and brain power to enjoying this book.
When she sings and rides horses at the circus.
The unbreakable falcon.
Excellent listen. Great narrator and kept me listening. Clueless as to most of the historical figures represented, but this did not take away from my enjoyment.
The story was interesting but too long. I never felt truly connected to the main character.
While the story told is very interesting, I found the time jumps throughout very confusing in audiobook format. It might be easier to follow when reading.
interesting story, could have been edited down some as it bogged down at times. The author was clearly enchanted with his heroine, however they never really gave us reason to agree.
Great story! A real "page turner". I loved every minute! Very dramatic, also very cool historical fiction.
A different reader. I have rarely had to listen to such a boring, monotonous delivery. I listen to books in my car as I drive. I was fearful of listening to too much of this book lest I fall asleep at the wheel. Surely there must be readers/actors out there who could have brought some life and character to what I suspect is a very well written book.
Yes, with a better reader.
Don't know - never got that far.
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