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Marie Antoinette

A Captivating Guide to the Last Queen of France Before and During the French Revolution, Including Her Relationship with King Louis XVI
Narrated by: Duke Holm
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
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Explore the captivating life of Marie Antoinette.

Marie Antoinette is one of history's most celebrated queens thanks to her style and confidence, yet generally, she is perceived as a greedy and selfish mistress of France. 

Born into a life of pure luxury as a princess of Austria, Marie was very young when she was shipped abroad to await her turn as the queen of France. She was forced all at once to come to terms with a foreign language, a different culture, and a court full of gossipy nobles who pounced at the first sign of weakness. 

Despite popular belief, Marie Antoinette was not entirely obsessed with pretty dresses and towering hairstyles - though she wouldn't quite have been the same without them. 

In this captivating audiobook, you will discover the truth about the remarkable life of Marie Antoinette.

Some of the topics covered in this audiobook include:

  • An archduchess is born
  • Maria Antonia becomes Marie Antoinette
  • The dauphine
  • Queen at 19
  • A marriage at odds with itself
  • The issue of heirs
  • Madame Deficit
  • Count Axel von Ferson
  • The lost children
  • The diamond necklace scandal
  • Queen of fashion
  • The French Revolution
  • The October chapter
  • Anxious days at the Tuileries
  • An attempt to flee
  • Death of the monarchy
  • And much more!

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Narration wasn't the best

I don't think I've ever heard so many words pronounced so oddly. It also felt like listening to a slow lecture. Sorry was fine, narration was not the best.

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enjoyable

Very informative and interesting I only removed one star because the quality control could have been a bit better. The author mispronounces a few words such as "vehemently", "revered" and "burgeoning" and it seems that should have been caught in the production process. however his French pronunciation is good.

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A must read for lovers of Paris!

The period immediately prior to the French Revolution and the end of the monarchy is fascinating and Captivating History's book provides valuable details and insights into that fascinating period. The narrative and research presented make for a wonderful read. For those who have enjoyed the ancient sites of Paris, this book brings to life the terrible events that transpired at so many of the sites tourists visit today. The City of Light has a bloody and violent history that is presented here and makes this book a must read.

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A Great Read....

Though many historical biographies can be drawn out and boring, I really enjoyed this book. I'd been curious about the events during Marie Antoinette's reign that led to the citizens revolt, and ultimately, her demise. To The Scaffold tells her story from birth to death in a very readable, interesting format that doesn't drag on and on, with lots of great information about the French culture and resulting revolution. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn more about European history!

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Interesting biography.

Nicely done,clear ,interesting mini - biography to peak the interest of someone new to the historical scene; I would definitely recommend it for teen level- the illustrations are charming ,though it would have been nice to have one real image of the very attractive young queen.

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Good biography for even students.

Excellent biography especially for some of our reluctant young readers who are required to read a biography. I enjoyed reading this book and thought the illustrations were very nice.

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A great job of reporting the facts.

"I love the Empress...but I'm frightened of her even at a distance." Even when she gets her "just desserts," the reader feels some pity. Meachen Rau doesn't hold any punches about Marie's demise: After "her head tumbled into a basket...Marie Antoinette's body and head were tossed in a wheelbarow and carted away." I think this book might make young readers--girls especially.

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Very fascinating and very tragic story.

Nicely done,clear ,interesting mini - biography to peak the interest of someone new to the historical scene; I would definitely recommend it for teen level- the illustrations are charming ,though it would have been nice to have one real image of the very attractive young queen.

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We love them all...

I loved learning about Marie Antoinette but it is very tragic for how she treated the french. There seem to be something with french for always blaming others for they're poor life decisions liked the killed Marie Antoinette ,her husband ,and sister-in-law Elisbeth . Now Elisabeth is innocent so the french were messed up. Well that's my opinion . But I seriously loved this book!!!! You should totally get it.

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  • Samantha Lewis
  • 10-06-18

The day to day activities by the historian.

She spends so much time and detail on the kings mistress, the day to day activities and the extremely long wait for Marie to lose her virginity that it's easy to become bored with it. It started off strong and got progressively more boring. It can also be a bit confusing to decipher between all of the different French dignitaries with their complicated names. Overall it was well written, but it could've been a more exciting read.

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  • Tisha H. Curtis
  • 10-06-18

Interesting story of an amazing woman.

Europe is in a turbulent era, but then, of course , it usually is. A young girl is being prepared to leave her homeland in order to be married to the next king of France. Her mother is Maria Theresa head of the Hapsburg from Austria.

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  • Tia Jackson
  • 10-06-18

An amazing woman Marie Antoinette.

Easy to understand stuff in a “first person” account of Marie Antoinette’s preparation to become Queen of France. Enjoyable, pace felt slow. Best enjoyed by readers looking for a lighter historical story.

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  • Ilias de Rooij
  • 10-06-18

Time shots with five stars.

I really liked reading about a young Marie, I wish the next episode was less expensive but in a lighter sense only. It is worth reading.

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  • Rhys Wallace
  • 10-06-18

Exceptional audible and it is very easy to read.

Wonderful views of the details of the lives of the royal families of Austria & France. It revealed many unknown details of their lives.

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  • Marie Antoinette
  • 10-06-18

100 stars from me, what a book.

This book is gorgeous and covers quite a bit. Highly recommend for those especially who love French history.

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  • Alisha Ward
  • 10-06-18

Wonderful gift for those who like royalty.

I bought it for my friend as a party gift because she likes history very much. She loves reading it and says the description are very artistic.

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  • Fredrik Eklund
  • 10-05-18

3 hrs explains so much.

This is one of the best intimate observations of a very famous Queen. The descriptions alone bring one into her Court.

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  • Mark Ashton
  • 10-05-18

I enjoy this book...

Amazing descriptions as very high standard and in depth research..it is a must-have Marie Antoinette junkie like me. Still, I wish the book had come with complementary MA-esque gift ...needless to say, its worth it!

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  • Cotham Mark
  • 10-05-18

Beautiful book with a fascinating read!

I love the details descriptions. It has just enough content for me, I love that it comes in a protective sleeve as well.