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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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    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.

    2 of 2 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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    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.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Erin 03-24-16
    Erin 03-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "missed the singing"

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

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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.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JenniferTaylor 03-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Did not finish this book"

    I couldn't continue to waste time on this awful book! Story was ridiculous! Such bad choices made over and over and the main character is suppose to have done all of this traveling around the world and getting all these new jobs as a 16 yr old? Too unbelievable. I did stop and see if the author was male because women don't think the way this girl did. it was very much a man's way of thinking.
    I was hoping it would get better,but when she became a prostitute and the details that were described that was enough for me to stop.
    so sad I wasted my credits on this book.

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    Kelly Giaquinto Bedford, MA 03-22-17
    Kelly Giaquinto Bedford, MA 03-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Drags"

    I loved the premise of this book: opera, historical fiction, mystery... sounded amazing! But...the story drags on and on. The main character has as many identities and sub stories as Monte Christo but without the movement and skill. One of her escapes into one identity is directly from Monte Christo - which I love BTW. I had a hard time following where she was, in which time, and who was friend or foe. Meh

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    Amazon Customer 03-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting historical novel"

    Was a good book to fall asleep with and able to pick up on the plot easily.

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    Becky 03-15-17
    Becky 03-15-17
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    "A lengthy melodrama"

    What I hoped would be a fascinating historic tale, ultimately was an overly dramatic and unbelievable soap opera. I never really felt I knew the main character and consequently didn't feel the level of empathy needed to be invested in the outcome. The author missed opportunities to build suspense and instead presented significant events very matter-of-factly. Some of this may be attributed to the fairly flat tone used by the narrator. I also had to listen to a good portion of the book at 1.25 speed due to the annoyingly slow cadence of the reader's speech. In addition, cutting this saga in half could have likely improved the overall story.
    If you enjoy melodramatic storylines linked to those of the opera and a long running an afternoon soap, you may enjoy this read.

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    N. Hawryluk 02-24-17
    N. Hawryluk 02-24-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Competent, But I Lost Interest"

    Competent Storytelling, But I Lost Interest Halfway Through. Almost immediately forgot what happened in this book after reading it. [AUDIBLE]

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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