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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    Wes 04-14-12
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    "Sucked me in from the first words. Loved it."

    I like the way this story pulled in other events and people of that time. So many pieces start fitting together when I read a book like this. And I like this narrator in every book she's performed.

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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.

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    Beth Tulsa, OK, United States 03-25-12
    Beth Tulsa, OK, United States 03-25-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend. It gives a good idea for the happenings of the French Revolution while introducing you to the life of A great historic female artist.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she was brought the first decapitated heads, not because it was so gruesome, but because of the situation it placed her in and how she dealt with it.


    If you could take any character from Madame Tussaud out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Madame Tussaud


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    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 03-20-12
    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 03-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great listen with history thrown in"

    I've never read any of Michelle Moran's books, but I think I'll try some of her others. This one was fascinating. I know that much of the story is based on fact and one can see how much research went into this book. The story of Paris during the French Revolution became more and more horrifying to me as the story went on and I could imagine how terrifying it must have been for ordinary French citizens during that time. No one was safe. The Royal Family did too little too late, Robespierre ended up with too much power, and citizens had to adapt to the changing winds at the drop of a hat (or a head...). Something interesting about this book was the epilogue, where the listener was able to find out about the characters' fates at the end of the Revolution. Definitely worth the credit!

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    Patricia Savannah, GA, United States 03-07-12
    Patricia Savannah, GA, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "OUTSTANDING listen- highly recommend to all"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a truly unique insight into the french revolution,


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

    Her stance on refusing to make the death mask of Princess Lisbett


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

    Her strong pronunciation on french terms and compassion toward the lead character


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

    Madame Tussauds feelings and thoughts when making death masks of the royal family


    Any additional comments?

    My 1st review in 5 years of listening to audio books - this read truly moved me

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    Carolyn Zahnow 03-12-13

    I listen to audio books on my M-F 40 minute commute into Raleigh NC. I am the founder of The Shore Grief Center, a nonprofit.

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    "Great to learn the story of Madame Tussaud"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Madame Tussaud to be better than the print version?

    I don't know.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story/history of such a well known lady.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Very clear voice.


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

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended if you like this time period.

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    ASL4U 05-06-17
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    "Great story"

    Really nice to hear the story from a royalist perspective - complete with real admiration and concern for the royal family. I'd never even considered that there might have been people caught up in the maddness - who were not in support but were helpless to move against it. It is - in a way - a real reflection of humanity... that some people who come into power are by nature - not suited for that power... and yet everyone present can only try to quietly survive the maddness. The French libertarians in this story - Hitler - the rwawandan genocide... who will it be next

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    arkleins 04-27-17
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    "Really incredible account of the French Revolution"

    Although I didn't love this book as much as I did the Heritic Queen or Nefertiti, I thought account of history for both the main character and especially the French Revolution was incredible. If you like historical fiction, recommend this book.

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    Angelyn S. Furst 11-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great History"

    What is there not to like about anything Michelle Moran writes? As usual her title character comes alive as the reader views the French Revolution through her eyes. The narrater was wonderful.

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    jennifer dubuque 03-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The first audible book I almost didnt finish"
    What disappointed you about Madame Tussaud?

    The story was dry and not very entertaining. I did listen to the whole thing but it took me a looong time. I am glad its over!


    Has Madame Tussaud turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I do generally enjoy historical fiction but not this particular story.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Madame Tussaud?

    Most of it. Maybe the story would have been better if it was told from another characters prespective.


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