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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,838 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Moran Narrator: Adam Alexi-Malle, Emma Bering, Tanya Franks Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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   After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon’s power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the eighteen year old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, or say no, and plunge her country into war.
 Marie-Louise knows what she must do, and she travels to France, determined to be a good wife despite Napoleon’s reputation. But lavish parties greet her in Paris, and at the extravagant French court, she finds many rivals for her husband’s affection, including Napoleon’s first wife, Joséphine, and his sister Pauline, the only woman as ambitious as the emperor himself. Beloved by some and infamous to many, Pauline is fiercely loyal to her brother. She is also convinced that Napoleon is destined to become the modern Pharaoh of Egypt. Indeed, her greatest hope is to rule alongside him as his queen—a brother-sister marriage just as the ancient Egyptian royals practiced. Determined to see this dream come to pass, Pauline embarks on a campaign to undermine the new empress and convince Napoleon to divorce Marie-Louise. 
 As Pauline’s insightful Haitian servant, Paul, watches these two women clash, he is torn between his love for Pauline and his sympathy for Marie-Louise. But there are greater concerns than Pauline’s jealousy plaguing the court of France. While Napoleon becomes increasingly desperate for an heir, the empire’s peace looks increasingly unstable. When war once again sweeps the continent and bloodshed threatens Marie-Louise’s family in Austria, the second Empress is forced to make choices that will determine her place in history—and change the course of her life. 
 Based on primary resources from the time, The Second Empress takes readers back to Napoleon’s empire, where royals and servants alike live at the whim of one man, and two women vie to change their destinies.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancye | 2/20/2014

    " I love historical fiction. And since picking up Nefertiti by Michelle Moran I have not been disappointed. I have read everything she has written and loved all of it. She has covered Egypt, Rome and the last two books were based in France. I am always amazed at what I learn reading her books. I highly recommend picking up all of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer Ayres | 1/29/2014

    " Another fantastic book by MM. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cathy | 1/18/2014

    " Not a blockbuster, but an enjoyable read. I loved "Madame Tussaud" also written by Moran but this one fell a bit short for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Meredith | 12/8/2013

    " Disappointing. If you are interested in Napoleon and this time period, read the Josephine Trilogy by Sandra Gulland. Excellent books. "

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