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The French Lesson

Narrated by: Julie Teal
Length: 12 hrs
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It's 1789. Henrietta Lightfoot, a young Englishwoman, trips on her silk gown as she runs for her life along the bloodstained streets of revolutionary Paris. She finds refuge in the opulent home of Grace Dalyrmple Elliott, the city's most celebrated courtesan. But heads are rolling, neighbours fear neighbours and masters whisper before servants. As the sound of the guillotine echoes outside, within the gilded salons of high society Henrietta becomes a pawn in a vicious game of female power. How will she survive in a world where no one can be trusted?

©2016 Hallie Rubenhold (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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"Compelling and operatic...reads like a modern thriller." (Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs)
"A dark and irresistible historical novel." (Lucy Worsley)

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1790 to 1820s Louis XVI period history - lovers and losers

I had no idea of the time period until quite well in. If we think being a mistress is a modern idea take a read. This story is about trust, deceit, wealth, lovers and the French Revolution. The babarrack times and atrocities are a backdrop to this historic and ficticious story. Narrator Julie Teal did a wonderful job yet again and is a pleasure to listen to.

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  • 13-08-2019

Dreadful attempt at an Irish accent put me off!

Sadly I had to give up on this audible book; I will however return to it and read it for myself as the story was actually quite captivating. Although I persisted for several hours, in the end I just couldn’t stand the poor Irish accent associated with the character of Andrew Saville!It was a horrible strained mix of northern and southern Irish and did neither justice. As the character hailed from County Mayo, the accent should have been southern. It wasn’t. Either you can ‘do’ accents or you can’t. If you can’t, then don’t. Such a shame.