Monday, April 15, 2013

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The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love 

Annemarie Selinko
Read by Nicole Quinn

Nicole Quinn's performance breathes new life into this moving 

and memorable story of Désirée Clary, Napoleon Bonaparte's 
first fiancée and lifelong friend. Presented as a series of diary 
entries over the course of her eventful life, Désirée's story not 
only sheds light on the life of a fascinating woman but also 
captures in haunting detail some of the century's most 
extraordinary personalities. Quinn admirably captures Désirée's 
unique voice at each stage of her life, from teenage petulance 
and crushing heartbreak to the confident tones of her eventual 
rise to royalty in the heyday of Napoleon's reign. While some 
secondary characters are occasionally difficult to distinguish, 
Quinn portrays Bonaparte and his colleagues with subtle but 
irresistible power, bringing listeners as close to the Great 
Emperor as Désirée herself. B.E.K. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, 
Maine [Published: MARCH 2013]

Fiction • 26 hrs. • Unabridged • ©1953Trade Ed. • BlueBarn Productions • 2012
DD ISBN   $29.95

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