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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (295 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolly Erickson Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Popular biographer Carolly Erickson creates intimate and richly detailed portraits of her historical subjects. In this book she offers a provocative new perspective on Josephine and her fabled marriage to Napoleon. Josephine’s story is as turbulent as the revolutionary era in which she lived—and even more tantalizing than her reputation. Brought up on the lush island of Martinique, Josephine arrived in Paris with a charming Creole lilt, an earthy West Indian manner, and a sweet, unaffected nature. A disastrous first marriage, financial hardship, and the violent realities of the French Revolution—including a stay in the harshest prison in Paris—forged her into a survivor. But would she survive her marriage to the insecure military leader from Corsica who would become Emperor of France? Carolly Erickson skillfully draws on historical evidence to reconstruct the rags to riches story of an extraordinary historical figure. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Carolly Erikson tells [this story] with all the flair it deservesExquisite writing.” 

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Erickson has deft hand with psychological portraiture and historical detail. She strips away the romantic idealism with which the empress's life is often distorted.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dionne gives voice to a fascinating, compelling woman of history, whose ambition and strong will stirred fear and hatred in the powerful while inspiring admiration in the common folk.” 


  • “An intimate, richly detailed, and candid portrait.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jamie | 1/14/2014

    " Just got to say that I couldn't have been married to Napoleon Bonaparte "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Monna | 1/11/2014

    " A very enjoyable bio of a complex and remarkable woman in her own right. I learned a lot about 18th/19th century life in France. Listened to the audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melodi | 12/31/2013

    " I don't think her life was the most interesting, but I enjoyed reading about the time period and learn more about the history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laurel | 12/20/2013

    " I read this after returning from Paris in September. I wanted to learn more about Napolean's wife -- knowing what a "colorful" character he was. I enjoyed the way the author told her story. "

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