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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Spoto Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781400174003
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Since her death at the age of nineteen in 1431, Joan of Arc has maintained a remarkable hold on our collective imagination. She was a teenager of astonishing common sense and a national heroine who led men in to battle as a courageous warrior. Yet she was also abandoned by the king whose coronation she secured, betrayed by her countrymen, and sold to the enemy. In this meticulously researched landmark biography, Donald Spoto captures her astonishing life and the times in which she lived. Neither wife nor nun, queen nor noblewoman, philosopher nor stateswoman, Joan of Arc demonstrates that everyone who follows their heart has the power to change history.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emy | 2/10/2014

    " Dry book but this girl was fascinating! I liked how the author didn't discount her revelations. She accomplished so much as a teenager, it was really amazing. I didn't agree with all of his religious sentiments but he was fair to Joan and respectful of her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Slade | 2/10/2014

    " I'm not afraid to say it... I almost cried reading this one. Almost. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 2/7/2014

    " Pretty comprehensive overview of Joan's life. It's the first indepth book I've read on her and the author seems rather to be making a point of telling his readers that he has something new to say about her. I guess I would have had to have read other stuff on her to be able to tell if there is anything exceptionally new here but it was okay. Sort of dragged in spots and rather funny in others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 1/23/2014

    " I never knew that we had so much information on Joan of Arc. I don't think I have ever read a nonfiction work so quickly. thought the story was so interesting, I couldn't put it down. The author isn't my favorite -- a little too much religious point of view for a nonfiction book for my taste. But, the story of Joan is fascinating. I want to read more about her. I believe that she truly was one of God's servants. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shantel Gardner | 1/4/2014

    " I did not know a whole lot about her when I started reading, but I actually found her story to be similar to the Prophet Joseph Smith's. It was very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 12/31/2013

    " It was so refreshing to read a book about Joan that didn't characterize her as a person who didn't know her sexuality or that was a lunatic. This was an enjoyable book and one that was hard to put down. I have even more respect for Joan after reading this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 12/24/2013

    " This book had way more a religious lean to it than I was anticipating. It was one of those books where I had to force myself to finish reading it because I just wasn't that into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 11/8/2013

    " It's not riveting, but is interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Domenica | 10/8/2013

    " Inspiring and heartbreaking. I'm amazed at the amount of first-hand information about her. The transcripts of her trial and eye witness accounts bring Joan's life into sharp focus. A highly recommended read. You won't be able to put this one down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morrigan | 9/7/2013

    " I am glad I read this book, it was an interesting outlook on the historical events. I would consider trying his biography of St. Frances. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 5/18/2013

    " Brief look at the life of Joan of Arc. Well written, mostly unbiased account. No matter whether you believe she was a nutjob or blessed with heavenly advice, she was a truly remarkable young woman. Even if she was French. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Woods | 5/9/2013

    " Fascinating....I didn't know what I didn't know about Joan of Arc. Her story is much more complicated than the myths that circulate in the ether! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn Mckendry | 1/12/2013

    " A fascinating book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 6/8/2012

    " strong three stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 6/1/2012

    " I was surprised at how much I liked this book. I tried reading Mark Twain's "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" but I couldn't get through it. I liked this book because it did a great job at telling her story and giving you a picture of Joan without being overly detailed and tedious to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 11/16/2011

    " Interesting...flowery language....author once taught at Fairfield. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 8/19/2011

    " I guess it is titled the "mysterious life" - but I wanted a fact based history, cause I know so little about Joan of Arc - and this certainly was not that. It seemed to me to be all speculation, and very (overly) religious. Nope, she wasn't crazy or halucinating, just deep in prayer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 7/17/2011

    " Some slow and confusing parts but that's what happens when you tell the histiry of complex times. Other than that I really enjoyed the author's treatment of Joan. Recomended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/22/2011

    " What I found most interesting in this book was her trial. These were recorded, and her testimony is very impressive. Reminded me of those versions that Jesus said, (I am paraphrasing) where one shouldn't be worried when coming before accused before kings because He would give the words to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/8/2011

    " Sensitive biography of Joan of Arc. Well-written and engaging. The author is a theologian, and hence is able to deal with Joan's religious impact in a respectful manner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Domenica | 1/24/2011

    " Inspiring and heartbreaking. I'm amazed at the amount of first-hand information about her. The transcripts of her trial and eye witness accounts bring Joan's life into sharp focus. A highly recommended read. You won't be able to put this one down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 5/20/2010

    " Brief look at the life of Joan of Arc. Well written, mostly unbiased account. No matter whether you believe she was a nutjob or blessed with heavenly advice, she was a truly remarkable young woman. Even if she was French. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shantel | 11/20/2009

    " I did not know a whole lot about her when I started reading, but I actually found her story to be similar to the Prophet Joseph Smith's. It was very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Slade | 6/12/2009

    " I'm not afraid to say it... I almost cried reading this one. Almost. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 4/23/2009

    " Interesting...flowery language....author once taught at Fairfield. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emy | 2/4/2009

    " Dry book but this girl was fascinating! I liked how the author didn't discount her revelations. She accomplished so much as a teenager, it was really amazing. I didn't agree with all of his religious sentiments but he was fair to Joan and respectful of her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/3/2009

    " Sensitive biography of Joan of Arc. Well-written and engaging. The author is a theologian, and hence is able to deal with Joan's religious impact in a respectful manner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 12/20/2008

    " It's not riveting, but is interesting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 9/4/2007

    " This book had way more a religious lean to it than I was anticipating. It was one of those books where I had to force myself to finish reading it because I just wasn't that into it. "

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About the Author
Author Donald Spoto

Donald Spoto is the author of more than twenty books, including bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, and Audrey Hepburn. He lives with his husband, Danish artist and school administrator Ole Flemming Larsen, near Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.