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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (960 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kimberly Cutter Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From author Kimberly Cutter comes the story of Jehanne d’Arc—the girl who led an army, the peasant who crowned a king, and the maid who became a legend.

It is the fifteenth century, and the tumultuous Hundred Years’ War rages on. France is under siege, English soldiers tear through the countryside destroying all who cross their path, and Charles VII, the uncrowned king, has neither the strength nor the will to rally his army. And in the quiet of her parents’ garden in Domrémy, a peasant girl sees a spangle of light and hears a powerful voice speak her name. Jehanne.

The story of Jehanne d’Arc, the visionary and saint who believed she had been chosen by God, who led an army and saved her country, has captivated our imagination for centuries. But the story of Jehanne—the girl—whose sister was murdered by the English, who sought an escape from a violent father and a forced marriage, who taught herself to ride and fight, and who somehow found the courage and tenacity to persuade first one, then two, then thousands to follow her, is at once thrilling, unexpected, and heartbreaking. Rich with unspoken love and battlefield valor, The Maid is a novel about the power and uncertainty of faith and the exhilarating and devastating consequences of fame.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cutter, formerly the West Coast editor at W magazine, has done an impressive amount of research on the facts of Joan’s life…Throughout, Cutter evokes the novel’s medieval world with striking details.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Sheds new light on a legend from the past and ultimately succeeds in illuminating the present.”

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Theresa M | 2/11/2014

    " Very strong beginning. Started to drag out by the end. Very few battle scenes. The ending is not as strong as I hoped. It was very difficult to finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Regina | 1/30/2014

    " Didn't hold my attention at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Savonarola | 1/12/2014

    " There's no reason on the surface for me to love "The Maid": I'm not a huge fan of Joan of Arc, I'm not a woman, I don't know a whole lot about the history of the period. But I think this is a novel that transcends all of the usual categories through the sheer power of its writing and the way it brings Jehanne, the illiterate peasant girl who changed history, to indelible life. The prose is clean, clear and lyrical in a way that you don't often see in historical fiction. It's not larded down with faux-periodisms and fake Medieval diction that would only detract from its authority and power. This is an unforgettable novel about a heroine who refused the life that was open to her as a child bride and housemaid and, instead, led a rebellion against an occupying power. It's a thrillingly good read, especially the battle scenes. This is also the rare novel that takes religious belief seriously (and deals with Jehanne's visions brilliantly) without having a religious agenda itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cassandra | 1/2/2014

    " Honestly a great listen. Rosalyn Landor's narration was spot on I am normally very picky about fiction on audio, but this one I fully support. "

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