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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,541 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Moran Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781400189885
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The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin… Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and when word arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses, Marie never dreams that the king's sister will request her presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. Yet when a letter with a gold seal is delivered to her home, Marie knows she cannot refuse—even if it means time away from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend Henri Charles. As Marie becomes acquainted with her pupil, Princess Élisabeth, she is taken to meet both Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she's ever seen to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into to a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table. Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafes across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there's whispered talk of revolution. Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? More important, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows? Spanning five years from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As historical novels go, this is of the first rank—a page-turner that is both vividly and elegantly written. I feel privileged to be able to endorse it.”

    Alison Weir, bestselling author of Eleanor of Aquitane

  • Moran is a sprightly and gimlet-eyed writer, so this should be fun---and a possible breakout. Library Journal
  • “This is an unusually moving portrayal of families in distress…for Francophiles and adventurers alike.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Moran is a sprightly and gimlet-eyed writer, so this should be fun—and a possible breakout.”

    Library Journal

  • “Readers will be intrigued by Madame Tussaud, and by witnessing a tumultuous era through her eyes.”

    Booklist

  • “Mannered and elegant; reminiscent in many ways of novels of days long past.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashlee | 2/19/2014

    " Absolutely love this book! This is historical fiction at it's finest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy West | 2/16/2014

    " I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. I plan to read more of Michelle Moran's books as soon as possible - great author. This is considered historical fiction - but I find that many of her facts are accurate. I have also realized that the French Revolution is one of my favorite times in history! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Moreno | 2/9/2014

    " Absoultely loved this book! I hope that a movie is made. If there has been or is in the processes I want to know! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Vida | 2/4/2014

    " Absolutely loved the book - History - Could not put the book down - All about Versailles, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and the end of the French Royalty and the start of the revolution - I loved it - Lots of french words that I was so familiar with. Very good description of the Parisian life at the time - landed to a friend but somehow she did not care much for it - Perhaps, I loved it so much because I am French?:) - "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne / RoMoSquare | 1/28/2014

    " I went back & forth between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I felt like the book was less historical fiction and more of a creative and exciting way of just telling the true historical story. The author did a lot of "telling, not showing" and it read a little too slowly compared to other historical fiction books. But the fact of the matter is that the story of Madame Tussaud is just incredible, so it was still an important story to tell and I really enjoyed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Mettee | 1/27/2014

    " Very well done historical novel about the woman who preserved famous people in wax. She became friends trough her work with the royal family. As the French revolution began she was caught in the middle since the men in her family supported the peoples rule and at the same time she admired the royals but could clearly see the problems. Told with feeling and depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/25/2014

    " Atrocious! Madame Tussaud is a gripping tale from the French Revolution and during the Reign of Terror. A clear warning of the evil that can occur when a godless nation is run by godless people. Not for the weak at heart or stomach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa Grdina | 1/25/2014

    " I was a bit confused at first but I really liked this book..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 caitlin Richards | 1/15/2014

    " Don't let the cheesy cover keep you away from this book. It's very well written, exciting account of the French Revolution and Marie Tussaud. Moran must have done huge amounts of research. I want to read more of her historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sonia | 1/12/2014

    " I had to keep reading it although the French Revolution is a period of history I did for GCE at school and it makes for a very uncomfortable read. I was very interested in the story of Madame Tussaud which I had had no idea about before this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lenny | 12/25/2013

    " Much of this book was based on Tussaud's memoirs which were written many years later and in which she aggrandized her role in the French Revolution. Despite this, it's an interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 12/20/2013

    " A great read for next month's book club! Don't be intimidated by the length! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emelro | 12/3/2013

    " i wanted to love this book...but i just could not get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille Baird | 2/6/2013

    " Liked it a lot. Good history, interestingly presented story with some great characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley (cnthrdlywt2bwz) | 9/19/2012

    " I love when a book makes me do historical research to know more about the people and places discussed in its pages. To feel the horror and shock, agony, and triumph of the people in that era speaks highly of the strength of Michelle Moran's writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snow | 5/27/2012

    " This was a quick read with nice short chapters. I enjoyed it, and I really like this author. The story was really interesting to me, but I longed for a tad more emotion from Madame Tussaud's viewpoint. I can't wait to read other books by Michelle Moran. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Black-Mitchell | 3/11/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. I don't read a ton of historical fiction but found myself quite drawn into this story of the French Revolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara Rutledge | 2/26/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shurronne | 12/15/2011

    " Witty tale of the French Revolution, and the drama one can expect from M. Moran, as she vividly depicts the characters' flaws and mysteries as in Neferitti and Cleopatra's Daughter. A good read and solid account of the controversies during this historical moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Wynne | 10/15/2011

    " Enjoyed the fresh perspective on the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annmarie | 5/27/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. I had heard it wasn't her best but I picked it up anyway. I don't know much about the French revolution but was fascinated by this book. I thought the author kept everything moving along and made the characters interesting. I look forward to reading more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shurronne | 5/20/2011

    " Witty tale of the French Revolution, and the drama one can expect from M. Moran, as she vividly depicts the characters' flaws and mysteries as in Neferitti and Cleopatra's Daughter. A good read and solid account of the controversies during this historical moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 5/16/2011

    " I think I learned more about the French Revolution in this than I did in high school. (Thinking back, I don't seem to recall much about France at all)

    Yet another fantastic book by Michelle Moran. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 5/15/2011

    " uhmm... i liked it? not as chatty as philippa gregory but equally engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jliongrrrl | 5/5/2011

    " A beautifully written historical novel! I found the characters very interesting and was surprised that I was not at all bored with the history part of the story. Now I really want to go to the wax museum in LA :)
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantal | 5/4/2011

    " I loved this book! Just a perfect mix of reality and fiction. May be a bit partial to France since I grew up there! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 5/2/2011

    " This novel deserved more time than I was able to give to it; multiple reserves and the resulting, time pressure did not help increase my enjoyment of the novel. A fascinating character during the best of times and the worst of times. "

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About the Author
Author Michelle MoranMichelle Moran is the internationally bestselling author of seven historical novels, including Rebel Queen, which was inspired by her travels throughout India. Her books have have been translated into more than twenty languages. A frequent traveler, Michelle currently resides with her husband and two children in the US. Visit her online at MichelleMoran.com.
About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.