Queen Margot

  • by Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by Robert Whitfield
  • 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The last years of King Charles IX's reign in France were dominated by religious wars between Catholics and Protestants. Queen Margot begins in 1572 with the marriage of Marguerite de Valois to Henri de Navarre. Marguerite is King Charles' sister and the daughter of Henri II and Catherine de Medici, all firm Catholics. Henri de Navarre is a Protestant who later will become the beloved King Henri IV.
Several important political events have led up to this marriage including the mysterious murder of Henri de Navarre's mother, cleverly plotted by Catherine de Medici. The wedding brings noblemen from all over the world to Paris resulting in the notorious Saint Bartholomew Massacre, where thousands of Protestants are killed.
In this inventive and compelling novel, Dumas brings an extraordinary period of history vividly to life with much excitement and romance. The lively prose and wonderfully constructed plot tell of court intrigues and forbidden love, of beautiful queens, duchesses, and noblemen, suspense, conspiracies, betrayals, assassinations, superstitions, poisonings, and sumptuous feasts.
With well-known historical figures as main characters in a dangerous and breathtaking game for power, Queen Margot tells of conspiracies, clandestine trysts, and daring escapes. There is the infamous Catherine de Medici, deliciously evil, constantly plotting and poisoning; Le Mole, a dashing and irresistable young Protestant who becomes Marguerite's lover; the noble Coconnos who provides a great source of comic relief; and at the center of all this intrigue are the good-hearted Marguerite and Henri who are perfect political allies with complicated and fascinating love lives.

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Great Story, Terrific Narration, Horrible Sound

I first checked this audiobook out from my library, but I liked it so much I decided to buy it here. That was a mistake. While the story and narration were still excellent, the sound quality of this Audible version was terrible. It sounded like they had taken the original recording to a tunnel and made a cassette tape copy of it there. Oddly enough, the chapters didn't match up either. For example, clicking on chapter four not only takes you to the middle of a chapter, but the middle of a sentence. I was extremely disappointed and will be returning this audiobook.
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- Melanie

An engrossing read...

I selected this book because it was "on sale," thinking it would be low risk if I didn't like it. I loved it! The story is engrossing, the narrator excellent. My only gripe is with the sound quality -- there seems to be a lot of background noise/feedback.
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- F. Reyes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2000
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.