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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Baumgold Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538463475
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This dazzling historical novel tells the story of the famous Régent diamond that links together the fates of some of the most powerful figures of European history. The exiled Napoleon and his biographer, the Count Las Cases, narrate the saga of the diamond as it is brought to the decadent courts of eighteenth-century France and passed through the hands of a glittering cast of characters. The diamond bestows an incredible power for good or evil upon its transient masters, a power that inspires passion, obsession, and lethal greed. Napoleon both loves and hates the gem, which represents his greatest success yet carries a dark shadow of murder and downfall.

Ambitiously conceived, rich with historical detail and nonstop drama, The Diamond is a towering work of imagination all the more fascinating for being based in fact.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Baumgold’s Napoleon-centered historical features deft, magazine profile–like characterizations and a gracefully brisk pace…[An] absorbing and entertaining result.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Baumgold skillfully compresses outsize personalities, court intrigues, wars, and revolutions into an eminently readable narrative intricately woven by Napoleon’s memoirist and fellow exile…[a] beautifully nuanced portrait of the friendship between the emperor and his scribe.”

    Library Journal

  • “The story is deftly told.”

    Booklist

  • “[Baumgold’s] command of her subject manner is impressive, and her ability to spin small, humanizing vignettes about courtly manners and palace intrigues is skillful…a regal, multi-faceted feat of historical fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With her extensive historical knowledge and her ability to humanize her characters, Baumgold has brought to life well-known historical figures…this novel resonates with historical accuracy that underscores the captivating narrative.”

    Romantic Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andie | 2/12/2013

    " This is by far the "book of the year" !!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 5/24/2012

    " The first 3/4 of the book are an entertaining historical tale of travels and adventures involving a huge diamond, Le Regent, in pre- and post-revolutionary France. The last section is bizarre and misplaced, seemingly tacked on in order to make the book longer. But not a bad read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louisa | 6/30/2011

    " I loved it, a bit confusing but loves the way how story went from Napoleon down to Louis xv and talk of the life of the French Court and the conflict between the French and The British . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/12/2011

    " This ended up being rather boring. There wasn't much of a plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 2/3/2011

    " Ugh. Couldn't even finish it. Don't bother. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suziqoregon | 11/3/2010

    " My blog post about this book is at this link. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Windy | 8/26/2010

    " If I were in SA still, this is the book I would choose to read for book club. Fantastic perspective of the french revolution!
    "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a fool of himself" -Napoleon Bonaparte "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/30/2010

    " This ended up being rather boring. There wasn't much of a plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 3/18/2009

    " Ugh. Couldn't even finish it. Don't bother. "

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About the Author

Julie Baumgold is the author of Creatures of Habit. She is a former contributing editor of New York magazine, Esquire, and Vogue. She has been an essayist (Best American Essays 1996), poet (Mademoiselle Poetry Prize), and the columnist “Mr. Peepers” for New York magazine and Esquire. She lives on Amelia Island in New York.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.