Mozart's Wife

  • by Juliet Waldron
  • Narrated by Celeste Lawson
  • 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mozart's wife aroused strong feelings among her contemporaries. Her in-laws loathed her. Mozart's friends, more than 40 after his death, remained eager to gossip about her "failures" as wife to the world's first superstar. Maturing from child to wife to hard-headed widow, Konstanze paid her husband's debts, provided for their children, and relentlessly marketed and mythologized her brilliant husband. Mozart's letters attest to his affection for Konstanze as well as to their powerful sexual bond. Yet the question remains: why did she never mark his grave?

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What the Critics Say

"Celeste Lawson's narration bridges this novel, which crosses historical fiction and romance....Lawson presents distinct and nuanced characters who avoid playing to the soap opera quality of the events in Mozart's life." (AudioFile)

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Mozart's Wife a powerful story

I really enjoyed this book. Very seldom do we get a good look into the lives of the famous and infamous. While this was historical fiction given the known history of this couple (from their letters), the mood and activities of the rich and priviledged from this period, the morals of the times etc this story feels real. I loved some of the day to day stuff about servants, bills, parties, friends,family and the struggles of marriage. You get a great sense of the power and passion that Mozart had for his wife, music and women in general. I was surprised by some of the passionate descriptions. Overall this story made you care about its characters and the sadness of unappreciated genius and wasted love.
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- Catherine

Fascinating and well researched

This book held my attention for the entire time--I also found myself researching items presented on the internet-- to learn more about the time period. This was my first historical fiction and I will be looking for more to listen to.
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- Elf's Mama

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-03-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.