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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,797 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Juliet Grey Narrator: Juliet Grey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Why must it be me? I wondered. When I am so clearly inadequate to my destiny?

Raised alongside her numerous brothers and sisters by the formidable empress of Austria, ten-year-old Maria Antonia knew that her idyllic existence would one day be sacrificed to her mother’s political ambitions. What she never anticipated was that the day in question would come so soon.

Before she can journey from sunlit picnics with her sisters in Vienna to the glitter, glamour, and gossip of Versailles, Antonia must change everythingabout herself in order to be accepted as dauphine of France and the wife of the awkward teenage boy who will one day be Louis XVI. Yet nothing can prepare her for the ingenuity and influence it will take to become queen.

Filled with smart history, treacherous rivalries, lavish clothes, and sparkling jewels, Becoming Marie Antoinette will utterly captivate fiction and history lovers alike.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sadie | 2/10/2014

    " This was an interesting look at Marie Antoinette and although it is listed as historical fiction, I do hope she at least really did start out as sweet as she seems in the book. I really enjoyed the novel and plan on reading the rest in the trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 1/29/2014

    " It was way better than the biography. It wasn't the greatest thing I read, but a good, quick history lesson. I will read the next two in the triology even though I know how it ends for poor Marie Antoinette. I will enjoy reading the perspective from MA's point of view considering I read the civilians perspective in Madame Tussaud, Michelle Moran. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen Stinneford | 1/23/2014

    " I flew through this book; the author did a fantastic job bringing Marie Antoinette to life. You can't help but pity the poor 14-year-old girl as she is molded into a princess acceptable to the vapid, conceited, ambitious French court. This was a young woman who would have preferred to spend her days painting, spending time outdoors and pampering babies; instead, she is confined within a rigid society that dictated how she would dress, how she must walk, who would help dress her, etc. Easily impressionable, you can just see how this young woman with good intentions and a kind soul will become corrupted by the world around her, to her grave peril. But that's the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maureen Hill | 1/9/2014

    " One of many books about Marie Antoinette that have been written. Somehow this one seemed different and perhaps more realistic. It is the first of three books in a trilogy and I look forward to the other books when they come out. "

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