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Well written and well narrated. Concise, thoughtful treatment of a very complex topic that occurred more than 200 years ago but remains broadly relevant to our understanding of today's world.
This is a fine book by an accomplished historian. But the French Revolution is perhaps the most controversial subject in history. It is in some sense the quintessential historical event, the one that necessitated the emergence of modern history writing itself. So, how is it possible that audible has only a handful of titles on the subject, and none of the classics on the subject except for Thomas Carlyle's highly idiosyncratic work? Where is Michelet? Tocqueville? Blanc? Taine? Sorel? Jaures? Cobban? Rude? Soboul? Lefebvre? Or what about some of the many recent popular histories of the Revolution and the revolutionaries, such as Scurr's Robespierre or Lawday's Danton? With 100 times as many works on the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers one wonders if there isn't conspiracy afoot directed against the French people!
One might as well as note as well that the English Civil Wars & the Glorious Revolution are even more poorly served. Finally and unbelievably, the revolution of 1848, 1905, and 1917 are subjects about which one can at present learn nothing from the audible catalog. Surely, audible's only audience isn't americans and, more importantly, surely americans interested in history are interested in the subject as such. And it's impossible to understand the American Revolution outside the wider European revolutionary arc that culminates in the Great French Revolution and its aftermath. Get it together audible! But thanks for this one.
This text lacked the details that characterize a good historical recounting of the French Revolution. A description of the base life of the peasant class as well as the Jacobins, Robespierre, and the chaos of the uprising are not brought to life in this narration. I would not recommend this title.
Perhaps but on a different topic than the French Revolution.
The narrator did a passable job of presenting the material
Well written and presented. The unavoidable problem with an audio version, however, is the lack of a bibliography, which would be essential if this were to fully meet its purpose as an introduction to the topic.
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