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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,026 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sena Jeter Naslund Narrator: Susanna Burney Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sena Jeter Naslund combines rigorous scholarship and blazing imagination to illuminate the life of Marie Antoinette, one of the most courageous—and misunderstood—queens in history.

Marie Antoinette was a child of fourteen when her mother, the Empress of Austria, arranged for her to leave her family and her country to become the wife of fifteen-year-old Dauphin, the future King of France. Coming of age in the most public of arenas, eager to be a good wife and strong queen, she warmly embraces her adopted nation and its citizens. She shows her new husband nothing but love and encouragement, though he repeatedly fails to consummate their marriage and in so doing is unable to give what she and the people of France desire most: a child and an heir to the throne. Deeply disappointed and isolated in her own intimate circle, and apart from the social life of the court, she allows herself to remain ignorant of the country’s growing economic and political crises, even as poor harvests, bitter winters, war debts, and poverty precipitate rebellion and revenge. The young queen, once beloved by the common folk, becomes a target of scorn, cruelty, and hatred as she, the court’s nobles, and the rest of the royal family are caught up in the nightmarish violence of a murderous time called the Terror.

With penetrating insight and wondrous narrative skill, Sena Jeter Naslund offers an intimate, fresh, heartbreaking, and dramatic reimagining of this truly compelling woman that goes far beyond popular myth—and she makes a bygone time of tumultuous change as real to us as the one we are living in now.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you read one book about Marie Antoinette, let it be Sena Jeter Naslund’s gripping, gabby, and beautifully poignant novel. Naslund’s writing is sumptuous and personal, and she manages to make that most remote of subjects—an eighteenth-century queen—relatable to modern times. You know how her story ends. But the journey is so abundant with joy, grief, and all those ordinary events that make up our lives, you’ll lose your head reading about it.”

    USA Today

  • “Exceptional…A richly detailed portrait of an opulent, turbulent time, revealing the queen’s journey from frivolity to responsibility, and from palace to prison cell, to be one of striking beauty and terrible loss.”

    People (four stars)

  • “A lavish, richly dressed epic…Naslund’s writing is opulent and fabulous, as encrusted with detail as one of Marie’s shimmering dresses, and the story itself is a complete page-turner.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Abundance is intelligent, beautifully written, and uncomfortably relevant, and Naslund makes her heroine convincing and even sympathetic.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Hypnotically intimate…With vivid detail and exquisite narrative technique, Naslund exemplifies the best of historical fiction, finding the woman beneath the pose, a queen facing history as it rises up against her.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year
  • A Seattle Times Best Book

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alissa | 2/17/2014

    " It was ALRIGHT- wasn't the best book, and wasn't the worst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melinda | 2/9/2014

    " Told in memoir form, Marie Antoinette describes her life in the Court of Versailles. Beginning in May 1770 Austrian Archduchess Maria Antonia enters the French Court as the wife of the Dauphin, the future King Louis XVI. Having toured Versailles it was easy for me to be transported back in time thanks to the author's meticulous research and vivid depictions of court protocols. I was surprised to have empathy for the Queen who was blissfully unaware that a revolution was happening until it was too late. Great read for historical fiction fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Faith Bradham | 2/4/2014

    " She died. Obviously. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marisa | 2/1/2014

    " i had a hard time with this book - it engaged me at first, but then i felt bored and disinterested in the story and in the main character. the overly stylized writing style irritated me, and i just couldnt trudge through the last 100 pages. "

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About the Narrator

Susanna Burney has appeared in a wide range of plays on stages in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Minneapolis, and Seattle. Her favorite roles include Hamlet, Olga in Three Sisters, Mrs. Wilcox in a stage adaptation of Howard’s End, and as the solo performer in Man to Man, for which she was named best actress of the year in the Seattle weekly, the Stranger. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University.