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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (180 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Carlyle Narrator: Robert Bethune Publisher: Freshwater Seas Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution is a landmark of literary history. Conceived not as a dry recounting of facts, but as a personal, vivid, direct and dramatic encounter with the turbulent times of revolutionary France, it is in fact an extended dramatic monologue in which we meet not only the striking personalities and events of the time, but the equally striking personality and mind of Thomas Carlyle himself.

In this, the second volume of the series, we live out the course of the French Revolution from the aftermath of the fall of the Bastille to the insurrection of August 1792, which effectively brought the reign of Louis XVI to an end.

Thomas Carlyle's writing is a true challenge to the reader and the listener. He does not write in the calm, objective, matter-of-fact style of a modern historian; quite the contrary! He writes as if he were there, a witness to history, passionately involved with the events that he makes unfold before our eyes. He gives his rare mastery of the outer reaches of the English language full scope, challenging us to grasp not only his complex thoughts, but his intricate manner of expressing them. Grappling with his mind and with the events of the Revolution at the same time is a powerful challenge for any reader or listener.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mick Maye | 2/26/2013

    " Beautifully written story of the French revolution that covers the years from the Bastille to the Vendemiaire. A must read, very long but the pages just flow by. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ed Dodson | 12/26/2010

    " Gave up after 2 chapters. I found it unreadable without a knowledge of the late 18th Century political slang in which it is written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by James Spencer | 5/4/2010

    " A fascinating, wonderful way to tell history. There is nothing I know of that is like it. It can be confusing if you are not already familiar with the basic outline of the French Revolution but if you are, this is telling of the tale in the most literate and thinking terms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sean Chick | 12/28/2009

    " They don't write them like this anymore and that is a shame. "

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