• by Simon Schama
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 36 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From one of the truly preeminent historians of our time, this is a landmark book chronicling the French Revolution. Simon Schama deftly refutes the contemporary notion that the French Revolution represented an uprising of the oppressed poor against a decadent aristocracy and corrupt court. He argues instead that the revolution was born of a rift among the elite over the speed of progress toward modernity and science, social and economic change. Schama’s approach, weaving in and out of private and public lives in the fashion of a novel, brings us closer than we have ever been to the harrowing and seductive French Revolution.
Simon Schama is a professor of art history and history at Columbia University and is the author of numerous award-winning books; his history Rough Crossings won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. He has written and presented more than thirty documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and the History Channel.


What the Critics Say

“Lively descriptions of major events, colorful cameos of leading characters (and obscure ones too), bring them to life here as no other general work has done…Above all, Mr. Schama tells a story, and he tells it well…A delight to read.” (New York Times Book Review)
“An immensely readable work of distinguished scholarship that guillotined many of the romantic myths about the beginning of French democracy.” (Time)


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Customer Reviews

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Awesome magisterial book, defective audio

What disappointed you about Citizens?

The narrative is spectacular! But as another reviewer noted, the audio file is defective. Mine conked out leaving the last 1/4 of the book inaccessible. Hey Audible, how about fixing it!

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- Hmmm....

Recording flaws

This recording was obviously made by tranferring audio from a set of vinyl record disks. Whoever did it must not have cared or paid much attention. The needle skipped hundreds of times. Each skip abridged the reading by about 8 words. So much was missing in parts, I couldn't really understand the material. Why the attrociuous lack of quality control?
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- J. Woo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-15-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.