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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,469 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Antonia Fraser Narrator: Donada Peters, Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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France’s beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous “Let them eat cake,” was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded tragic figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted, privileged, but otherwise unremarkable child was thrust into an unparalleled time and place, and was commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in history. Antonia Fraser’s lavish and engaging portrait of Marie Antoinette, one of the most recognizable women in European history, excites compassion and regard for all aspects of her subject, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, but also in the unraveling of an era.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Remarkable…Amply researched…Convincing. [Fraser displays] greater psychological acumen than any of numerous earlier biographers.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Fascinating . . . the court at Versailles comes alive. The Washington Post
  • Colorful, fluently narrated. . . . A touching, psychologically believable portrait. The Wall Street Journal
  • Absorbing as ever. Fraser’s blend of insight and research persuade us that this unfortunate queen deserves neither the vilification nor the idealization she has received. The New Yorker
  • “In the hands of a vivid writer with a flair for fascinating detail, Versailles comes alive.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Colorful, fluently narrated…A touching, psychologically believable portrait.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Fraser’s research and skill…provide us with surprising, suggestive details about each phase of her subject’s life, making for pleasure and a sense of discovery.”

    Newsday

  • “Vivid…Fraser is at the top of her game…[She] tells the story with psychological perception and brio…Marie Antoinette finally receives a form of justice in this elegantly wrought book.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Fraser’s finest biography—the only one to offer a thoroughly nuanced portrait of the French queen…Of all the studies ever written about Marie Antoinette, this is the one that actually succeeds in reaching across time to lay bare her heart and mind. It is a remarkable feat.”

    Vogue

  • “Fraser proves to be a remarkable entertainer who sustains our interest with narrative gusto, empathy for her subject, and delicious suspense.”

    Biography Magazine

  • “Well researched and emotively narrated.”

    Economist

  • “Fraser paints a more sympathetic portrait than some and more even-handed than others. She manages to balance Marie’s life and the times…Well-written and scrupulously researched.”

    Romantic Times

  • “Fascinating…Filled with thorough research, fast-paced writing and loving attention to detail.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Absorbing as ever, Fraser’s blend of insight and research persuades us that this unfortunate queen deserves neither the vilification nor the idealization she has received.”

    New Yorker

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2001 for Nonfiction
  • A 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Biography

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Dianne | 2/15/2014

    " i don't know why I thought this would be interesting, i read the first chapter and it is literally a list of relatives. dull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather chavez | 2/13/2014

    " love love love this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dawn | 2/8/2014

    " This was a fabulous read. It presented Marie Antoinette's story vividly and objectively. It was not light summer reading, however. At times it reminded me of a textbook in a graduate course. That said, for anyone truly interested in her life leading up to her royal marriage and beyond, this is the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia Carssow | 2/6/2014

    " The one per cent. "

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