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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (526 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evelyne Lever Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN:
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Married for political reasons at the age of 14, Marie Antoinette was naive, impetuous, and ill-equipped for the role in which history cast her. From her birth in Vienna in 1755 through her turbulent, unhappy marriage, the bloody turmoil of the French Revolution, her trial for high treason during which she was accused of incest, and her final beheading, Marie Antoinette's life was the tragic tale of disastrous circumstances colliding.

Drawing upon her diaries, letters, court records, and memoirs, Evelyne Lever paints a vivid portrait of Marie Antoinette, her inner circle, and the lavish court life at Versailles. What emerges is a surprisingly average woman thrust into a position for which she was wholly unprepared, a combination that proved disastrous both for her and for France.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/20/2014

    " This biography was not nearly as comprehensive as Antonia Fraser's, but it was still an interesting read, and focused on different aspects than AF's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/19/2014

    " informative but quite dull and a little drawn out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/15/2014

    " Wow. A lot of history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 emily | 2/8/2014

    " Booooo... dreadfully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vrdennis | 1/27/2014

    " Generally I am not a non-fiction reader however after reading a historical fiction on Marie Antoinette I choose to read this to separate the fact from fiction. There are lots of historical letters and interesting facts that keep this read up beat and easy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Budd | 1/26/2014

    " Evelyne Lever was meticulous in her research and detail. Marie Antoinette came alive - it was as it I was sitting beside her during all of her transition. Excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 1/22/2014

    " This book was the beginning of what has become an obsession with the 1500's Europe royalty. A very misunderstood queen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Lose | 1/19/2014

    " easy read, not as detailed as some other books on the same subject, but enjoyable anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/19/2014

    " Read the novel, now the real story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie | 1/18/2014

    " Another interesting read and a fascinating insight into the questionable morals of the French Royal Court :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Domin | 1/15/2014

    " This was my first biography of M.A., and it piqued my interest to learn more. I found it well-balanced, well-researched, and well-written, though I think some of the oomph was lost in translation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/12/2014

    " This book really makes you stop and wonder what it was to be the queen of France. It's tagic how she had no training for the role she was forced into it and then held responsible for poor decisions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Romina | 12/28/2013

    " Original perspective to retell history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 benebean | 12/8/2013

    " Makes a lot more of the randomness in the movie make more sense. It was hard to make it through the end, knowing the inevitable conclusion recounted by history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lois Clark-Johnston | 11/2/2013

    " Sucked. She was biased and clearly did not like Marie Antoinette. Antonia Fraser's Marie Antoinette the journey, which is the book that inspired the film written and directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Kirsten Dunst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/21/2013

    " Finally a sympathetic biographer. One of the best biographies written about this enigmatic and fascinating queen. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 7/7/2013

    " She never says "Let them eat cake!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/8/2013

    " I read this book when it first came out in the US, and I LOVED it. Lever does a fantastic job analyzing Marie Antoinette's life, the problems that plagued her marriage, and more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 1/29/2013

    " An interesting look at Marie Antoinette's life, full in scope. I've read more well-written bios, but perhaps it was a translation? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 11/7/2012

    " I am not a history buff at all, but this was a very insightful book on the rise and fall of Marie Antoinette. Not the easiest read, but the author did a great job at providing the information about her life and allowing the reader to make their own conclusions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 3/3/2012

    " This was a well written story about the life of a woman often wrongly portrayed by historians. It is a very detailed accounting of Antoinette's life. After reading I am amazed how little I actually knew about her life and her personality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 2/24/2012

    " beginning was good but then got too long with the prison proceedings "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/31/2011

    " I enjoyed this audiobook very much, although it did get very hard to listen to as the French Revolution unfolds, knowing what the final outcome is. I found myself reflecting on not only her life, but the entire French People. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 7/24/2011

    " If you are in the mood to read a biography this is a really interesting one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/11/2011

    " A very interesting account of this young Queen's life. I knew how her life ended but I didn't know how it was lived. A fascinating, well written non-fiction read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karah | 10/17/2010

    " Excited to learn more about the french revolution after this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 10/11/2010

    " This book really makes you stop and wonder what it was to be the queen of France. It's tagic how she had no training for the role she was forced into it and then held responsible for poor decisions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 9/30/2010

    " Read the novel, now the real story... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 4/12/2010

    " Couldn't get through this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 3/26/2010

    " I enjoyed this audiobook very much, although it did get very hard to listen to as the French Revolution unfolds, knowing what the final outcome is. I found myself reflecting on not only her life, but the entire French People. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vrdennis | 7/20/2009

    " Generally I am not a non-fiction reader however after reading a historical fiction on Marie Antoinette I choose to read this to separate the fact from fiction. There are lots of historical letters and interesting facts that keep this read up beat and easy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 7/11/2009

    " Finally a sympathetic biographer. One of the best biographies written about this enigmatic and fascinating queen. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 6/20/2009

    " This was a well written story about the life of a woman often wrongly portrayed by historians. It is a very detailed accounting of Antoinette's life. After reading I am amazed how little I actually knew about her life and her personality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/3/2009

    " Wow. A lot of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/2/2009

    " informative but quite dull and a little drawn out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/7/2008

    " This biography was not nearly as comprehensive as Antonia Fraser's, but it was still an interesting read, and focused on different aspects than AF's. "

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About the Author

Evelyne Lever, a leading French historian, lives in Paris with her husband, Maurice Lever, the author of Sade.

About the Narrator

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.