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Editorial Reviews

John McDonough captures our interest immediately as he tells us he’s about to recount a story in which "all of the participants are still alive." The energy with which he proclaims this fact snags the curious listener. McDonough is the perfect objective recorder as he lays out the tragic, doomed affair of Marguerite Gautier and her Armand. Firdous Bamji is sensitive and passionate as he tells Armand’s story, while Alyssa Bresnahan is a lovely Marguerite. Her understated performance turns moments of melodrama into poignant vignettes. An excellent audio reflecting the way conforming to a repressive society’s norms can ruin lives.

Publisher's Summary

First published in 1848, Camille captivated Paris and has inspired countless adaptations. This classic story of love and loss is based on the author’s real-life affair with courtesan Marie Duplessis. Also known as The Lady of the Camellias, the novel follows the courtesan Marguerite Gautier through her tumultuous love affair with handsome—but middle class—Armand Duval. Before their passionate affair is over, one lover must give up everything.

Public Domain (P)2006 Recorded Books,LLC

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 03-11-13

Better than Play, Opera, or Movie

This is an amazing and beautiful book. I had read the play and seen the opera and the movie, and liked them all, but I was still surprised how much I liked this book. This was intense and captivating. The structure of the novel is wonderful, with the end at the beginning (which would have been too intense at the end) then transitioning narrator and the beginning of the story then culminating powerfully. It is quite rare that a novel gets me to cry, but this one sure did (even though I knew the story). Even if you didn't like the play, opera or movie, I would still recommend this wonderful novel. The narration is pretty close to perfect, with multiple actors doing a great job with the challenging and emotional characterizations.

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A fully emotional & captivating book

What made the experience of listening to Camille the most enjoyable?

The characters and society of the times were brought to life magnificently

What was one of the most memorable moments of Camille?

When Marguerite's own voice explained through her letter her selfless actions and her personal suffering that no doubt caused her consequential decline and demise.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

All the narrators made the listener believe they were listening to the voice of the actual characters

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The intensity and emotion of La Traviata brought to life in heart-wrenching detail

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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one voice

almost wish it were one voice, but it was beautiful . each style was done well.

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Beautiful story

It captures many romantic characteristics. Great Romanticism read. I definitely recommend it. Beautiful story of love.

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Sad, but lovely

Great narration. The story itself was simple, yet very touching. I don't think time can ever change such a classic love story. You can see the same thing happen now, on television or perhaps in real life.

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The Most Beautiful Written Story Ever Told

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I read this book when I was 13 and I fell in love with it ever since. This story has touched my heart tremendously and my view on certain things has changed forever.Now I’ve read this book many times, the story has become too familiar to me of all the details. When it ends each time, it almost feels like it never ended. Because it was so beautifully written, I didn’t want it to end. So I began reading it all over again. This story is still and still will be my favorite of all time. It’s a tragic story but a story that affects millions. Marguerite Gautier is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever imagined, and her story with Armand Duval was truly romantic, but painful and heart wrenching. Her short life and tragic death often makes me sad. And I often think about Alexandre Dumas fils, under which circumstances this story was written, his emotions and feelings at the time … and “Marie Duplessis” the real Lady of the Camellias, what’s the story behind her.