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The Queen of the Night Audiobook

The Queen of the Night

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Erin 03-24-16
    Erin 03-24-16
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    "missed the singing"

    Great story. I do wish the performance had included singing of some of the arias

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Esposito 03-24-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Drudgery"
    What would have made The Queen of the Night better?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Lisa Flanagan’s performance?

    I didn't really have a problem with the narration, but perhaps it contributed to the lack of emotion.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I found the history interesting and learned new things about opera.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Madison B Murphy 03-23-16

    recently into historical fiction

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    "An epic for opera aficionados"
    What did you love best about The Queen of the Night?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Queen of the Night to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she sings and rides horses at the circus.


    If you could rename The Queen of the Night, what would you call it?

    The unbreakable falcon.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    fadedcharacter Cabool, MO 02-15-16
    fadedcharacter Cabool, MO 02-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not my typical choice"

    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.

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    LAUREN LU KANSAS CITY, MO, US 08-11-16
    LAUREN LU KANSAS CITY, MO, US 08-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting but detached and long"
    Would you try another book from Alexander Chee and/or Lisa Flanagan?

    not sure


    Do you think The Queen of the Night needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The story was interesting but too long. I never felt truly connected to the main character.

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    Mack 05-19-16
    Mack 05-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting story, confusing at times"

    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.

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    H. Brose Seattle, WA 05-13-16
    H. Brose Seattle, WA 05-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 04-01-16
    Maria BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 04-01-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautiful!"

    Great story! A real "page turner". I loved every minute! Very dramatic, also very cool historical fiction.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "BEST READER EVER!"

    Great Story. A bit verbose but a good read none the less. The narrator, however, makes this audiobook phenominal. Definitely worth the credit.

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    Hayworth United States 03-24-16
    Hayworth United States 03-24-16 Member Since 2010

    Keep reading

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    "Terrible reader"
    What would have made The Queen of the Night better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alexander Chee again?

    Yes, with a better reader.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Totally.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Don't know - never got that far.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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