The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History Audiobook, by Robert Darnton Play Audiobook Sample

The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History Audiobook

The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History Audiobook, by Robert Darnton Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Ken Kliban, Simon Prebble Publisher: Basic Books Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549189098

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

10

Longest Chapter Length:

102:31 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

09:27 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

60:28 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

1

Publisher Description

The landmark history of France and French culture in the eighteenth-century, a winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730s held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomime some twenty times? Why in the eighteenth-century version of Little Red Riding Hood did the wolf eat the child at the end? What did the anonymous townsman of Montpelier have in mind when he kept an exhaustive dossier on all the activities of his native city?

These are some of the provocative questions the distinguished Harvard historian Robert Darnton answers The Great Cat Massacre, a kaleidoscopic view of European culture during in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment." A classic of European history, it is an essential starting point for understanding Enlightenment France.

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About the Narrators

Ken Kliban’s many stage credits include Stanley, Rumors, As Is, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream with Mickey Rooney. His television and film performances include appearances on The Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Legal Eagles, and Life Goes On. Ken has over twenty-five years of experience recording audio books.

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.