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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (268 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carole DeSanti Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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Love and war converge in this lush, epic story of a young woman's struggle with life and love during and after the Second Empire (1852 - 1871), an era that was absinthe-soaked, fueled by railway money and prostitution, and transformed by cataclysmic social upheaval.

Eugénie R., born in foie gras country, follows the man she loves to Paris but soon finds herself marooned. An outcast, she charts the treacherous waters of sexual commerce on a journey through artists' ateliers and pawnshops, zinc bars and luxurious bordellos.

Giving birth to a daughter she is forced to abandon, Eugénie spends the next 10 years fighting to get her back, falling in love along the way with an artist, a woman, and a revolutionary. Then, as the gates of the city close on the eve of the Siege of Paris, Eugénie comes face to face with her past. Drawn into a net of desire and need, promises and lies, she must make a choice and find her way to a life that she can call her own.

The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. is a testament to the power of love, friendship, and the art of self-creation.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sana | 2/15/2014

    " Wonderful book. This is an epic story infused with so much poetry. You cannot read this book and feel a range of emotions. The characters were real and so were their struggles. I learned so much about this turbulent time in history. In the end, DeSanti pleases our curiosity without giving too much away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin | 2/14/2014

    " It was really well researched, but it showed. The author got mired in the history, and forgot to tell the actual story in a clear manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aurora | 2/10/2014

    " I just lived an entire lifetime in Paris. Beautiful and haunting story. Sigh! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg Ulmes | 2/7/2014

    " I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. There were chapters that I loved, chapters that I skimmed, chapters that I hated, and chapters that made no sense. In fact, much of the book made no sense to me. It is beautifully written--as to prose style. It certainly creates the period in which it takes place. Its plot is buried--like a dog's bone in a closely planted garden--difficult to spot and even more difficult to dig up without harming the plants around it. I read to the end to find out what happens to our heroine--but that was not to be. The ending is as enigmatic as Eugenie herself and her life. I'm not sure that I would recommend it--and I think that I'm glad I read it. Give me some time to digest it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Knight | 2/6/2014

    " Excellent story. The writing was good but a little too descriptive at times for my tired brain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danette | 2/4/2014

    " "Too many French words I didn't know - and no mention of a glossary until I came across it at the very end of the book! Obscure references to post-revolutionary days in France. Overall meh." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgiana | 1/31/2014

    " A very complicated historical novel about the changing role of women during the time of the Franco Prussian War. Eugenie, duped in love, pregnant, goes to Paris to find her lover. Life gets tangled from there, her daughter is placed in an orphanage and she spends a life time trying to find her while she survives the turbulent times. In some parts it reads like poetry, in other parts like history, and, still yet, parts are confusing. I think DeSanti tried to put too much into one novel. However if you read it, read the timeline in the back of the book first. If you don't know any French vocabulary, read that as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe Jussel | 1/18/2014

    " A lot of good historical data rag-tagged amidst the life of a young woman in Paris. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristen | 1/1/2014

    " A good idea, but god, the execution was terrible. Sentence fragments were abundant and frustrating. I wanted to read this, but life's too short to parse this mess for meaning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 12/23/2013

    " I wanted so badly to like this book. Ugh "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 12/11/2013

    " I really wanted to love this one and was sure I would because of the setting, however it was a little slow for me. The ending was disappointing for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/11/2013

    " At moments I liked this book and then there were other times I was over it. It was an interesting commentary on the situation that women face when they can not control their own bodies/lives. Good historical research. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maelynn | 5/2/2013

    " Eh. Long and involved with a disappointing ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 4/22/2013

    " I actually give it about 2.5 stars. I really, really wanted to like this. Most of it was beautifully written. But Eugenie, where were your unruly passions? I never connected with her and feel I never did get to know her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara | 3/26/2013

    " the second half was worth getting through the first half "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Knitting | 1/30/2013

    " I enjoyed the historical backdrop of this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Ratkowski | 11/16/2012

    " Read about 3/4ths of it..... was pretty good until that point - too much about the war and starts to drag a little.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Malia | 9/16/2012

    " tedious and often a struggle to read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karin Maier krider | 6/18/2012

    " I loved the beginning of this book. By the middle, I was wondering when it was going to catch my interest again, and by the end I was forcing myself to finish it. The only question that kept me reading was Will she ever find her little girl? "

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About the Author

Carole DeSanti, known for her championing of independent, high-quality voices in women’s fiction as an editor at Penguin, has been clandestinely writing The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. for over a decade. She has been profiled in Poets & Writers’ magazine, published in the Women’s Review of Books, and awarded fellowships at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center and Hedgebrook.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.