The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

  • by Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by Maggi-Meg Reed
  • 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life, from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.Carolly Erickson takes the reader deep into the psyche of France's doomed queen: her love affair with handsome Swedish diplomat Count Axel Fersen, who risked his life to save her; her fears on the terrifying night the Parisian mob broke into her palace bedroom intent on murdering her and her family; her harrowing attempted flight from France in disguise; her recapture and the grim months of harsh captivity; her agony when her beloved husband was guillotined and her young son was torn from her arms, never to be seen again.
Erickson brilliantly captures the queen's voice, her hopes, her dreads, and her suffering. We follow, mesmerized, as she reveals every detail of her remarkable, eventful life, from her teenage years when she began keeping a diary to her final days when she awaited her own bloody appointment with the guillotine.
Includes a bonus interview with the author and her editor.

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What the Critics Say



2005 Audie Award Nominee, Fiction (Abridged)
" "Erickson's lively account reveals a woman whose bravery and resilience seem as noteworthy as the bloody details of her demise." (Publishers Weekly)

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Marie Antionette

Absolutely wonderful. After visiting Paris and seeing the palace and her countryside in person, I was very intrigued. This audiobook placed me back at the palace reliving the tragedy of her life as it unfolded chapter by chapter.

I can't wait to go back now and visit the palace again with a different set of eyes.
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- Anita Charlot

quick and easy historical fiction

This was a quick and easy read, but I really had to separate the story in my mind from the real Marie Antoinette.
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- DarthVal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2005
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio