Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser audiobook

Marie Antoinette: The Journey

By Antonia Fraser
Read by Wanda McCaddon  and Donada Peters

Random House Audio
20.42 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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The national bestseller from the acclaimed author of The Wives of Henry VIII.  France’s beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous “Let them eat cake,” was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded tragic figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted, privileged, but otherwise unremarkable child was thrust into an unparalleled time and place, and was commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in history. Antonia Fraser’s lavish and engaging portrait of Marie Antoinette, one of the most recognizable women in European history, excites compassion and regard for all aspects of her subject, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, buaimedt also in the unraveling of an era.

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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2001 for Nonfiction

A 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Biography

The national bestseller from the acclaimed author of The Wives of Henry VIII.  France’s beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous “Let them eat cake,” was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded tragic figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted, privileged, but otherwise unremarkable child was thrust into an unparalleled time and place, and was commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in history. Antonia Fraser’s lavish and engaging portrait of Marie Antoinette, one of the most recognizable women in European history, excites compassion and regard for all aspects of her subject, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, buaimedt also in the unraveling of an era.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Fascinating . . . the court at Versailles comes alive. The Washington Post
Absorbing as ever. Fraser’s blend of insight and research persuade us that this unfortunate queen deserves neither the vilification nor the idealization she has received. The New Yorker
“Remarkable…Amply researched…Convincing. [Fraser displays] greater psychological acumen than any of numerous earlier biographers.” New York Times Book Review
Colorful, fluently narrated. . . . A touching, psychologically believable portrait. The Wall Street Journal
“In the hands of a vivid writer with a flair for fascinating detail, Versailles comes alive.” Washington Post Book World
“Colorful, fluently narrated…A touching, psychologically believable portrait.” Wall Street Journal
“Fraser’s research and skill…provide us with surprising, suggestive details about each phase of her subject’s life, making for pleasure and a sense of discovery.” Newsday
“Vivid…Fraser is at the top of her game…[She] tells the story with psychological perception and brio…Marie Antoinette finally receives a form of justice in this elegantly wrought book.” Miami Herald
“Fraser’s finest biography—the only one to offer a thoroughly nuanced portrait of the French queen…Of all the studies ever written about Marie Antoinette, this is the one that actually succeeds in reaching across time to lay bare her heart and mind. It is a remarkable feat.” Vogue
“Fraser proves to be a remarkable entertainer who sustains our interest with narrative gusto, empathy for her subject, and delicious suspense.” Biography Magazine
“Well researched and emotively narrated.” Economist
“Fraser paints a more sympathetic portrait than some and more even-handed than others. She manages to balance Marie’s life and the times…Well-written and scrupulously researched.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“Fascinating…Filled with thorough research, fast-paced writing and loving attention to detail.” Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Absorbing as ever, Fraser’s blend of insight and research persuades us that this unfortunate queen deserves neither the vilification nor the idealization she has received.” New Yorker

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Author Bio: Antonia Fraser

Author Bio: Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser is the author of Mary Queen of Scots, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and Faith and Treason, among other novels. She is also famous for her Jemima Shore series of mysteries. She and her husband, Harold Pinter, live in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 20.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English