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Publisher's Summary

France's iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake", was alternately revered and reviled during her lifetime. For centuries since, she has been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in European history. Antonia Fraser's lavish and engaging portrait excites compassion and regard for all aspects of the queen, immersing the listener not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, but in the culture of an unparalleled time and place.
©2001 Antonia Fraser; (P)2001 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The portrait is drawn delicately, with pleasant touches of humor...Fraser's approach is controlled and thoughtful." (Publishers Weekly)
"Absorbing as ever. Fraser's blend of insight and research persuade us that this unfortunate queen deserves neither the vilification nor the idealization she has received." (The New Yorker)
"Donada Peters...excels at injecting subtle irony into seemingly flat narrative. She handles the snotty comments and the lewd scandal-mongering of the court with equal aplomb. Fraser is one of the most highly respected and best-selling biographers of our time, and it's easy to see why in this enlightening glimpse into the turbulent France of the 1770s." (AudioFile)

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being a fan and having read this book some 10 years earlier , not only I loved it more but the will listen again.

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  • 01-28-15

Great book, narration was enjoyable

The narrator wasn't what I expected, but Peters reads with a great deal of expression. Fascinating story, fantastic research. Really happy with this one.

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  • Julie
  • LA VERGNE, TENNESSEE, United States
  • 10-11-13

I loved this book

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Donada Peters did an incredible job narrating this book! I listened to it through a second time. I'm so intrigued with M.A. and I think Fraser did an amazing job portraying her class and beauty.

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Excellent book by respected author

Where does Marie Antoinette rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The second best book I have read through Audible. The first was The Presidents Club

What did you like best about this story?

As usual Antonia Fraser tells a well known subject but has a different and well researched twist.

Which character – as performed by Donada Peters – was your favorite?

Mfarie Antoinette of course

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several

Any additional comments?

I have read other books by this author and always enjoyed them

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  • Caroline
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 10-26-11

A complete story of the life of Marie Antoinette

I have read the hard copy of this book a few times and felt silly for downloading the audible version (at first that is). I enjoyed hearing the story so much. Donada Peters gives a wonderful voice to this book. Since I have never studied French, I was not sure about some of the proununciations which the narrator smoothed through nicely. The author gives quite a bit of detail I never knew about Marie Antoinette and the time she lived in. Even though I knew how the story would end, I found myself very sad at the conclusion of the book. An enjoyable listen that I will listen to again.

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Excellent Book...No Problem with Narration

LOVED the book, and i had no problem with the narration; tho that may be because my Mom is British and I'm used to the accent. Don't let it stop you from purchasing.

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  • jessica
  • SMYRNA, TN, United States
  • 03-18-11

Very informative! Best History. It's wonderful.

Very informative and very interesting at the same time. There is an overflow of interesting information about Marie Antoinette and those close who were close to her that isn't well known. Alot of scandal and juicy details. It's hard to believe that this all really happened. There is a lot of reference information dropped causually, which adds to the credability of the book. Antonia Fraser did an excellant job helping the reader/listenter comprehend the complexity of the subject without losing interest. Infact, at times it's jaw dropping. The narrator is perfect for the job. Very well spoken and uses different accents in order help imagine the people she spoke of.

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Excellent

History hasn't been kind to Marie Antoinette. I found her to be a very sympathetic and misuderstood woman, who was a victim of the political fervor. One can listen to this book and draw parallels to the damage that gossip and ennuendo could do to current public figures. As to the reviewer who was perturbed by the pronunciation of "murray" rather than "Marie", one has to take in account that it is probably more accurate to the French pronunciation. I appreciated that the reader took pride in proper pronunciation rather than anglicizing foreign names and terms.

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Very Nice Listening

Wow. I loved every minute. I knew what happened in the end, but it didn't matter...until the end. A big book, unabridged, and well narrated. She does call her "marry" antoinette, but you get over it. The book seems pointed to her favor, but that is nice for a change. I am listening to it again, so I can catch all the subtlties, and names. (They wiz by). Also...Check the book out from your library, so you can see the pics)

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  • Lori
  • Collingdale, PA, USA
  • 01-11-09

Interesting but Easy on the Details

The overall story was enjoyable and well written. However, this story drags you down with too much detail.

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