• The Red Necklace

  • The French Revolution, Book 1
  • By: Sally Gardner
  • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 10-30-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
  • 4.4 (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

France 1789: a time of terror; a charismatic boy, Yann, who must find out who he is; the daring rescue of Sido, an aristocrat's daughter: these are the elements in this tremendous adventure by a consummate storyteller, a marvellous tale of the first days of the French Revolution.
©2007 Sally Gardner; (P)2007 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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By 'Nathan on 09-01-14

Good overall, but not engrossing

I listened to this coming and going from work, but unlike most audiobooks it took me almost four months.

So here's the thing about this book - I did enjoy it. I did. But the pacing didn't particularly lend itself to pulling me forward through the narrative. I would listen to it for a half hour or so, and then decide to listen to some music or a different book for a while. It's not that I didn't want to know what happened, it's that I felt no urgency about it.

Obviously, the audio performance by Tom Hiddleston was lovely - with one very grating exception. The voice he chose to perform the dwarf with was so scratchy and annoying that a lot of dialog with that character would often be the impetus to swap out for music for a while.

The story itself, which involves gypsy magic, revolutionary France, murder, secrets, betrayal, the theatre, and the plight of a young man and woman who might be fated for each other was well woven. I liked the setting, and it was obvious that Gardner did an excellent job with her research.

All in all, I'm glad I read the Red Necklace. I liked where the tale ended enough that I'm not sure I need to keep going with the series, however. I might physically read the second book, rather than listening, however.

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By Andrea on 11-11-13

Absolutely superb!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes I will and I have

Who was your favorite character and why?

ooo thats hard I fell in love with so many of the characters good and bad.

Which scene was your favorite?

That's a hard question. I cant really pick one as there where so many that were so moving and others that were genius and funny. The ones that moved me the most was Topolain's last stand, the bravery gave me shivers. Another one was Sido's scene when she pulled her self together and walked with her head high to face her judgement.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes definitely. It took me 2 days to listen to it. I listened to it everywhere, even in the shower and fell asleep to it at night. I will most defiantly listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

The performance was superb! I connected with all of the characters could not have imagined that it was read by only one person.

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By Nicola on 08-23-12

Step into history...

This is wonderful!! I'll be honest I bought this purely based upon the fact that the audio version is read by the delectable Tom Hiddleston and boy does he make it entertaining! His wonderful and varied accents breathe such life into the characters.
The story itself is beautifully written, not knowing a great deal about the French revolution myself, Sally Gardner lets you almost taste history with her wonderful descriptions and colourful cast of characters.
I have such fondness for Yann and Sido and their respective path in and out of each other’s lives. Tetu is the kind of guardian you could almost wish for and both the marquis and dastardly Kalliovski are interesting and scary in different ways.
Perfection!!!

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By Kerie on 09-20-10

Luscious narration ...

Tom Hiddleston has the most wonderful voice for audio (and the talent / looks for so many other things) - I long to hear he's recorded more than just this rather good tale of the Revolution. Much, much appreciated ..!!

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By Skye on 05-18-15

Pure listening pleasure

While I will admit that I bought this title purely because it was read by Tom Hiddleston and had no expectation as to the content, I found this book thoroughly enjoyable. The story is well written and the characters well developed. Hiddleston's reading was nothing short of superb, the way he slipped from narrator to character, giving each character a different voice and, in some cases accent, brought the book to life. I highly recommend this title.

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By Dannielle on 10-13-16

Beautiful story, Beautiful performance

This brilliant story is definitely a highlight of my audible library and I have no doubt that I will listen to it time again!

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