Abundance - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Sena Jeter Naslund, Susanna Burney (Narrator) Audio CD, abridged, on 10CDs, about 12 hours, performed by Susanna Burney. — Sena Jeter Naslund made flesh and blood a boldly original fictional character called "Ahab's wife". Now, she combines rigorous scholarship and blazing imagination to illuminate the life of Marie Antoinette, one of the most courageousand misunderstoodqueens in... more » history.
"Like everyone, I am born naked."
With this opening line of Naslund's compelling new novel, a very human Marie Antoinette invites readers to live her story as she herself experiences it. Marie Antoinette was a child of fourteen when her mother, the Empress of Austria, arranged for her to become the wife of the fifteen-year-old Dauphin, the future King of France. The young queen embraces her new family and the French people, and she is embraced in return. She shows her new husband nothing but love and encouragement, though he fails to give her a child and an heir to the throne.
Deeply disappointed and isolated, the queen allows herself to remain ignorant of the country's growing economic and political crises, and the people turn against her. Poor harvests, bitter winters, war debts, and poverty precipitate rebellion and revenge known as "the Terror."
Once again, Sena Jeter Naslund has shed new light on an important moment of historical change. Exquisitely detailed, beautifully written, heartbreaking and powerful, Abundance is a novel that is impossible to put down.
Anna L. reviewed Abundance (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 10
If you like fiction based on historical fact you'll appreciate this book by Sena Naslund. Naslund blends letters from Marie and her mother in Austria against the background of the Court of Versailles. If you've been lucky enough to travel to Paris and seen Versailles, you can really see the events as they occur. If you haven't, rent the movie Marie Antoinette which helps you "see" the court as protocol ruled it during the 18th century. It's a wonderful read.
A fictional account of the life of Marie Antoinette from the time she left her home to be married at age 14 until her death.
I loved this book. It was written in a very engaging style, and I think it really gave a new view of this historical figure. I found my heart aching at times to read this woman's story and know how it would end - it is easy to forget that it is fiction!
Loved this book, I know its not historically correct but never the less I loved it, Could imagine how they were dressed and what life might have been like. Would recommend to any one who likes historical novels
I believe that this book was good. But due to the theme ( Marie Antoinette and her Husband not able to comsumate their marriage, there are sexual scenes and overtones...you may not care..but i enjoy when people tell me.
I'm sorry, but I fought and struggled my way through this book and could not finish it. I got to the last little bit and just couldn't read it anymore. I wanted so much to like it but I felt the writing was too flowery and thick. I did, however, appreciate a view of MA that wasn't hateful and disparging. This book is not one that portrays her as a careless, frivolous, vain woman.
Despite not enjoying this book it did spark a huge curiosity for all things MA and I will be reading up more on her history and the history of the French Revolution.