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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,600 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeanne Kalogridis Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history: blamed for the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in which hundreds of innocents died. What motivated this Renaissance woman who was born of Florence's most powerful family, and one day came to rule France?

In her latest historical fiction best seller, Jeanne Kalogridis tells the story of Caterina, a tender young girl, destined to be a pawn in Machiavellian games. Left a fabulously rich heiress, imprisoned and threatened by her family's enemies, she was finally married off to a handsome prince of France. Overshadowed by her husband's mistress, the conniving Diane de Poitiers, and now consort to a King, Catherine resorted to sorcery to win his love, enhance her fertility and foil her enemies. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court, and Catherine's visions induced by the black arts, Kalogoris reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband Henry, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne. Download and start listening now!

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

    " Entertaining read; but not as good as The Scarlett Contessa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 2/17/2014

    " Catherine de Medici has always fascinated me because of the hints of darkness and evil associated with her character. Kalogridis paints a sympathetic yet no doubt realistic picture of the unloved Catherine. She went through a lot and her children were not a credit to her and the people of France then and now, reaching through the veils of history seem to still revile her as the "Italian poisoner". An interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 2/14/2014

    " Great read. Very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/24/2014

    " It was a nice to read a book that didn't completely villfy Catherine. It rounded her out, made her more real than what most people think of her (historically correct or not). It was interesting to see her protrayed as a non- villan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/16/2014

    " I'm excited to have found another historical fiction author for this era! Can't wait to read more of her books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/13/2014

    " Desperate to feel something for Catherine I trudged through Kalogridis' latest novel. While the historical activities moved me to research more about the people and the time, the writing lacked the spark that connects the characters and events. Kalogridis' remarkable talent as a historical fiction author does not shine as bright as it did in the Borgia Bride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 1/3/2014

    " Overall I enjoyed this book - it was much more violent than I expected and Kalogridis can really write an action scene. The ending also threw me for a loop and that doesn't happen very often. Not sure I will read her other books, but this one was highly entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 12/21/2013

    " This is not a true compared to the other books I have given a 4 book, more like a 3.5. I love this time period and the stories of the crazy royals. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beatrice | 11/30/2013

    " Far-fetched but relatively interesting. Too much hocus-pocus for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/20/2013

    " Not sure how historically accurate this bok is but it is very engaging. Catherine's early life as a political prisoner was as aspect of her life I was not aware of, certainly formed her personality! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/11/2013

    " Good Book. Catherine de medici is such an interesting character and this book helped show the human side of the legend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Rakena | 11/6/2013

    " Enjoyable read. Sad that so many historically based novels about women 'in power' show women that have to become so ruthless to survive. But great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheyenna Sturgill | 10/26/2013

    " This was kind of boring at first, but after the first 100 pages it was fantastic. I think I may re-read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 10/13/2013

    " Very interesting. I haven't read much about Catherine de Medici and this was a really fun read, Kalogirdis actually goes into Catherine's motivations and shows an intelligent woman and devoted mother, not so much an evil queen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/28/2013

    " adequate historical fiction but tedious at end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina | 11/5/2012

    " Not true to historical fact, but an entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/27/2012

    " I enjoyed this historical fiction about Catherine de Medici. I now want to find other books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 8/8/2012

    " I was slow to warm up to this novel, but got sucked in a third of the way through. I thought this story in history unique: a queen engaged in the metaphysical and magical. Add this to the twists and turns in the story line made for an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 4/23/2012

    " Love her books and this one didn't disappoint!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Smith | 4/11/2012

    " I do enjoy a good historical fiction. It's all intrique! This book wasn't the best of the genre I've read, but it was ok. A slightly different slant looking at the goings on through the veil of 'sorcery'. I would read one of the author's other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey | 1/8/2012

    " I really enjoyed this. Catherine seems more human than other novels and non-fictions about her "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 7/25/2011

    " hard to separate the historical facts from the author's imagination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhoda Crandall | 5/31/2011

    " Very intense book, but left me interested in addition books by her, next book I want to read is The Borgia Bride and other authors writting on the history of France in the same timeframe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 4/28/2011

    " Interesting and fast moving story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lkelley | 3/30/2011

    " A historically fictional account of Catherine de Medici and her life from Italy to France. I was unable to put it down, despite it's 400+ pages. Engaging and wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 3/26/2011

    " Terrible title for what turned out to be a good entertaining book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aliena | 3/24/2011

    " Entertaining read; but not as good as The Scarlett Contessa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 3/24/2011

    " Love her books and this one didn't disappoint!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tate | 3/21/2011

    " I loved how much history was in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 3/14/2011

    " The book follows the life of Catherine de Medici. Overall the book seems a bit slow until near the end. It takes too much time on her childhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 2/23/2011

    " This book was really interesting and gave a lot of information about a time in history that I wasn't famliar with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 2/2/2011

    " Very interesting. I haven't read much about Catherine de Medici and this was a really fun read, Kalogirdis actually goes into Catherine's motivations and shows an intelligent woman and devoted mother, not so much an evil queen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terra | 1/24/2011

    " I love reading novels set in this time period and Kalogridis does a good job of creating a compelling story while following a factual story line. I had a hard time putting this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/13/2011

    " So far I absolutely love this book. It is a great story about the French court during the 1500s. I am 2/3 of the way through it and have a hard time putting it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 1/12/2011

    " I was slow to warm up to this novel, but got sucked in a third of the way through. I thought this story in history unique: a queen engaged in the metaphysical and magical. Add this to the twists and turns in the story line made for an interesting read. "

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About the Author
Author Jeanne Kalogridis

Jeanne Kalogridis is the author of numerous dark fantasy and historical novels, including The Devil’s Queen, The Borgia Bride, and I, Mona Lisa. She lives with her partner in North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.