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Madame Tussaud Audiobook

Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin….

Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and when word arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses, Marie never dreams that the king's sister will request her presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. Yet when a letter with a gold seal is delivered to her home, Marie knows she cannot refuse---even if it means time away from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend Henri Charles.

As Marie becomes acquainted with her pupil, Princess Elisabeth, she is taken to meet both Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she's ever seen to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into to a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table.

Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafes across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there's whispered talk of revolution. Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? More important, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?

©2011 Michelle Moran (P)2011 Tantor

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"Moran is a sprightly and gimlet-eyed writer, so this should be fun - and a possible breakout." (Library Journal)

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    Eva Way Konigsberg California 06-02-13
    Eva Way Konigsberg California 06-02-13 Member Since 2014

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    "I loved this book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Thoroughly engaging. Entertaining and INFORMATIVE. The book so got my mind involved that I went to Wikipedia to look up events and characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were alive and captivating.


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    Jeanne 05-23-13
    Jeanne 05-23-13
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    "Inspired Imagining of Tussaud's Life"

    Not much is objectively known about the personal life of Madame Tussaud. She was a show-woman and guarded the truth of her feelings and family. When she wrote about herself, she gave conflicting stories. Perhaps she had no idea how interested in her the world one day might be. She lived through traumatic times, and the book offers a great lesson in some of the major personalities of the French Revolution as it might have been seen through her eyes. Moran delivers a powerful "what-if" depiction of the great wax artist. In the process, we also learn what important intellectual, educational, and social functions were served by a wax museum in the 18th century. Anyone who has ever visited one of the successor Tussaud museums today will likely look upon the experience much differently after reading this book.

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    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-11-13
    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2017

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    "Great book!"

    I was really intrigued by the idea of viewing the french revolution from the eyes of Madame Tussaud. I figured she would be a really interesting figure and she was! I never knew that they forced her to make death masks of the people who were killed as traitors. This book is a very gruesome look at the revolution itself. I was pretty surprised by that because most books just give you a glimpse of that, but it is a very truthful look at the horrible things that were happening. I was really glad and impressed that the author included a section to tell us what was taken from fact and what was fiction. This book was a very good read and I feel like I was enriched by reading it. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in historical novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Mosier, OR, United States 04-01-13
    Marjorie Mosier, OR, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprised"

    I love it when I find a new author. After a string of books I couldn't finish, I found this one especially delightful.

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    lartiste Dallas, Texas USA 12-11-12
    lartiste Dallas, Texas USA 12-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Well, it IS about the French Revolution"
    Would you try another book from Michelle Moran and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    I don't know much about the Fr. Revolution, and Moran claims she has deeply researched it for this book. However, it is historical fiction, so who knows what is real and what isn't?. (She does address that somewhat in the afterward.) The first half was lovely, but the last half was extremely morbid and morbid in great detail. I had to skip quite a few chapters and just listened to the last one to see how things turned out. Madame Tussaud had an amazing life! So, I'm conflicted about this book. The writing is excellent, the narration is beyond excellent, maybe the best I have heard. Will I read it again? No.


    Would you recommend Madame Tussaud to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, it's just too creepy.


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her accent makes it a thoroughly French story, not just a story about the French.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way!!!


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    laurie 11-18-12
    laurie 11-18-12

    I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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    "Three Cheers for this Narrator!"

    I came to this book by way of Ron Chernow's biography of George Washington, which piqued my interest about Lafayette. Audible had only one short offering about Lafayette, so I opted for this book, which is set against the French Revolution. I found it informative and entertaining. The author has done her research, and she inserted many details that brought the era to life. Her plot positioned her characters very well to be in the midst of the turmoil. The last few chapters lagged a bit, but everything leading up to Marie's imprisonment was wonderful.

    But let's talk about this astonishing narrator. She was able to sound like a man, a woman, and a child. She nailed French, German, and English accents. She pronounced everything correctly and had an even pace. She never faltered. I wish all narrators were as amazing as Rosalyn Landor. I'll be looking for her other books.

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    Kindle Customer 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "a great listen....for history fans"
    Would you listen to Madame Tussaud again? Why?

    I have already listen twice..... intresting take on the french revolution and the beginings on how the wax museums came to be..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I found the making of the death masks by madame tussaud of the beheaded was something I had never given any thought too was very intresting...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no it was a long book... but would be great for a road trip


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-05-12
    Susan Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-05-12
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    "Hated it to end!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Madame Tussaud the most enjoyable?

    The combination of great research, an author who makes the story live and a great narrator is perfect! I learned so much I didn't know about this time in the history of France. Very haunting and the story lingers still in my mind.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Madame Tussaud?

    Probably the event that stands out in my mind is when the mob took heads on poles to Marie to make models.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the friendship between Marie and princess Elizabeth


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I listened to it all in one setting it would have ended much too soon. I needed time to digest what I had read between each session of listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this to lovers of historical fiction. It will be especially meaningful to those with a love of European history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jenelle United States 03-14-17
    Jenelle United States 03-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "fascinating story"

    I was totally enthralled with this book. The story is great and I learned a lot. Enjoyable to listen to!

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    Jim Fuqua Hendersonville, TN United States 02-03-17
    Jim Fuqua Hendersonville, TN United States 02-03-17

    Jim

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    "Historical Fiction With An Attempt for Accuracy"

    This is not a history book, but the author claims a strong attempt to be historically accurate. The book is fiction and seems biased in favor of royal autocratic rule, The leading character only shows a modest sympathy for the plight of the poor.

    The central character lived and left a verifiable history. She taught royalty and was modestly wealthy even during times when the population was starving. Her perspective in the book and perhaps in her historical records would thus be skewed.

    None the less, the book is interesting and may tell an accurate view of the French revolution from the perspective of Madam Tussaud even if her view did not accurately reflect the view of a major portion of the population.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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