• Citizens

  • A Chronicle of the French Revolution
  • By: Simon Schama
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 36 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-15-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (158 ratings)

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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.
©1989 Simon Schama (P)1990 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“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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1 out of 5 stars
By Hmmm.... on 09-24-15

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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23 of 23 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Joseph M. Arnold on 07-02-15

Audio Skips!!

Any additional comments?

The audio sounds like it was ripped from a scratched CD. At first it's only occasional, a minor annoyance. Later, though, it becomes more frequent, to the point where sentences and paragraphs can't be made out.

I've tried it on different devices, and the skips are in the same place, so the problem is on Audible's end.

I tried contacting them but have received no response. They're doing this excellent book, and their customers, a disservice by not re-uploading proper audio

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25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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