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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,513 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Donnelly Narrator: Emily Janice Card, Emma Bering Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the privileged streets of modern Brooklyn to the heart of the French Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Every detail is meticulously inscribed into a multi-layered narrative that is as wise, honest, and moving as it is cunningly worked…The interplay between the contemporary and the historical is seamless in both plot and theme, and the storytelling grips hard and doesn’t let go…Brilliantly crafted.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred)

  • “Donnelly combines compelling historical fiction with a frank contemporary story. Andi is brilliantly realized, complete and complex. The novel is rich with detail, and both the Brooklyn and Paris settings provide important grounding for the haunting and beautifully told story.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Revolution is a sumptuous feast of a novel, rich in mood, character, and emotion.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Even kids who don’t usually like historical fiction won’t be able to put Revolution down, especially given its great modern-day story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jennifer Donnelly combines impeccable historical research with lively, fully fashioned characters to create an indelible narrative. Revolution is a complex story, moving back and forth in time and including allusions not only to historical events but also to literature (especially Dante’s Divine Comedy) and to music from Handel to Wagner to Radiohead. Yet this undeniably cerebral book is also simultaneously wise and achingly poignant.”


  • Winner of the 2011 Indies Choice Award: Young Adult Book of the Year
  • One of the 2010 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the Autumn 2010 Kids' Indie Next List: Teens
  • A 2011 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 2010 School Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2011 ALA Odyssey Award Honor Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Casey | 2/19/2014

    " I really struggled with what I was going to rate this book. The writing style leaves much to be desired, but then again...I stayed up to 4am to finish the book. The storyline was great and the mix between historical fact and fiction was cool but the blending of the two just didn't work for me. There were too many times where the speech of the characters should have been more historical accurate...especially with Alex's journal, and it sort of ruined the authenticity of the moments created. It is most definitely a teen book and I only rate this book a 3 instead of a 1 or 2 because it has intrigued me enough to go read more on the French Revolution, especially about the lost king. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Josie | 1/25/2014

    " I think this was a totally well researched book. I listened to it in audio and the readers were amazing. The story? Meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jodi | 1/17/2014

    " gripping and well-written, but dark, and negative towards God "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marie | 12/1/2013

    " I found myself changed at the end. "

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