Desiree: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love

  • by Annemarie Selinko
  • Narrated by Nicole Quinn
  • 25 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

To be young, in France, and in love....
Fourteen-year-old Desiree can't believe her good fortune. Her fiance, the dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her to a life rich in passion and desire.
A love story, but so much more, Desiree explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two, giving listeners a compelling true story of an ordinary girl whose unlikely brush with history leads to a throne no one would have expected.
An epic best seller that has earned both critical acclaim and mass adoration, Desiree is at once a novel of the rise and fall of empires, the blush and fade of love, and the heart and soul of a woman.

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What the Critics Say

"An epic love story...irresistible reading." (Chicago Tribune)
"This is a fascinating panorama, from the blood-and-sawdust reek of Robespierre's guillotine to the final collapse of the Hundred Days." (New York Times)
“Presented as a series of diary entries over the course of her eventful life, Désirée's story not only sheds light on the life of a fascinating woman but also captures in haunting detail some of the century's most extraordinary personalities. Quinn admirably captures Désirée's unique voice at each stage of her life, from teenage petulance and crushing heartbreak to the confident tones of her eventual rise to royalty in the heyday of Napoleon's reign.” (AudioFile)

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Deliciously Entertaining Seductive Novel

Would you consider the audio edition of Désirée: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love to be better than the print version?

I have not read the book, but I was so entertained by the reading of it by Nicole Quinn I am looking forward to re listening!


What did you like best about this story?

I loved the depth and richness of all of the characters in this historical Novel. I was stunned by the beauty and depth of the characters.


What does Nicole Quinn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

. Nicole' Quinn's voice is a pleasure to listen to. Her characters all so delicious and delightful.


Who was the most memorable character of Désirée: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love and why?

Desiree herself since the story is told through her diary


Any additional comments?

You will not be disappointed with this tale nor with the narrator.

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- Lulu Danger

Stunning telling of a riveting story.

If you could sum up Désirée: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love in three words, what would they be?

Through Desiree's eyes we get a glimpse into a fascinating era in history, meet thoroughly engaging characters (who actually lived) while being swept up by a story that is tumultuous, delightful and ultimately satisfying. The performance only enhances the brilliance of the text. It is full, rich and subtle. This should not be missed.


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- bookworm

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-28-2012
  • Publisher: BlueBarnProductions