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The Sisters of Versailles

Mistresses of Versailles Series # 1
Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
Series: Mistresses of Versailles, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (281 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

Set against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the 18th century, The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters - Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne - four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV. Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail.Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best foot - and women - forward. The king's scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the king. Over the following decade, the four sisters - sweet, naïve Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne - will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power. In the tradition of The Other Boleyn Girl, The Sisters of Versailles is a clever, intelligent, and absorbing novel that historical fiction fans will devour. Based on meticulous research on a group of women never before written about in English, Sally Christie's stunning debut is a complex exploration of power and sisterhood - of the admiration, competition, and even hatred that can coexist within a family when the stakes are high enough.

©2015 Sally Christie (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Filled with lush backdrops, rich detail, and colorful characters, fans of historical fiction will enjoy this glimpse into the lost golden era of the French monarchy." (Allison Pataki, author of The Accidental Empress)

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Best book I've listened to in ages

Would you listen to The Sisters of Versailles again? Why?

This book is just amazing and totally fascinating to listen to. The story is told in the form of letters and is like a multi-person memoir. The subject of the book is the relationship that 5 sisters had with Louis the XV over about 10 years, and it is personal history at its finest. If you love that type of book, this is one of the best I have read.

What did you like best about this story?

The story has a lot of different authors and viewpoints, which ends up being really interesting, and all the characters are extremely believable.

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Also, the narrator for this book does an amazing job! Her "voices" for each sister seem really appropriate and are consistent through the book. I really think that this narrator is an artist at doing what she does. To me that really makes a different in an audio book, some narrators can really ruin a great book.

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Stay with it.

Initially I was bored, however, I'm glad I persisted. Give it a chance and you will enjoy the story.. quite humorous at times!

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it was ok, not as good as i had hoped

it was just ok, not a bad story but not what i expected based on other reviews

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Like listening to a narrated movie!

Was looking for something a little different from the typical romance story and this was perfect. Good story with hints of romance but more for story purpose. This is told from each sisters point of view at varying times and the narrator did an excellent job. The first few minutes I wasn't sure if I would like it, then I realized I had already progressed to hooked. I felt like I had a visual movie playing out in my head the whole time.

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narrator ruin it

the narrator has such a terrible voice, she sounds like she's trying to sound like a cross between Minnie mouse and a porn star.

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enjoyed the book

Great telling of the story interesting plot and written well. Awesome book. Want to know more.

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Hated the narration

I thought the peculiar accents and voices distracted me from the story. They didn't suit the theme of the book.

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The Narrator’s voice gave me a sick headache.

The narrator’s voice is an exhaustibly constant, petty drivel like that of a prissy and unbearably ignorant little girl. Perhaps the story may have been better with a different narrator but then, perhaps not.

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This book is a huge shocker😱

Great book... Lots of emotions were felt, I'll never try to guess the end of a story again.

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good because it's a true story

I wasn't a big fan of the narrator's voices, too breathy/fake sounding. The only reason I didn't give up on this book is because it was based on a true story and I love history.