The Marie Antoinette Romances, Vol 5: The Countess of Charny


Read by John Van Stan

(4.5 stars; 3 reviews)

This 5th volume of the Marie Antoinette Romances begins after the fall of the Bastille and the March on Versailles, which forced Louis XVI and his court to be escorted back to Paris. In Paris, political factions battle over the fate of the nation, the royal family, and anyone with royalist sympathies. Our heroes (like Ange Pitou) and our anti-heroes (like Gilbert) must navigate the blood-streaked landscape while keeping their necks out of the guillotine. All the while, the prophetic Balsamo urges on the revolution: "the quantity of blood which must be shed before the sun rises on the free world ... does not shake my conviction. I marched on, I march on, and on I shall march, overturning all that stands in my path, and saying to myself, in a calm voice, as I look around with a serene look: Woe to the obstacle, for this is the future which is coming!" - Summary by jvanstan (7 hr 52 min)

Chapters

The New Men At The Wheel 28:40 Read by John Van Stan
Gilbert's Candidate 17:55 Read by John Van Stan
Powerful, Perhaps; Happy, Never 38:35 Read by John Van Stan
The Foes Face-to-Face 8:45 Read by John Van Stan
The Uninvited Visitors 30:00 Read by John Van Stan
"The Country Is In Danger!" 15:30 Read by John Van Stan
The Men From Marseilles 6:50 Read by John Van Stan
The Friend In Need 10:50 Read by John Van Stan
Charny On Guard 12:35 Read by John Van Stan
Billet And Pitou 12:30 Read by John Van Stan
In The Morning 12:50 Read by John Van Stan
The First Massacre 9:30 Read by John Van Stan
The Repulse 14:00 Read by John Van Stan
The Last Of The Charnys 21:35 Read by John Van Stan
The Blood-Stains 16:21 Read by John Van Stan
The Widow 21:11 Read by John Van Stan
What Andrea Wanted Of Gilbert 11:10 Read by John Van Stan
The Assembly And The Commune 10:36 Read by John Van Stan
Captain Beausire Appears Again 12:10 Read by John Van Stan
The Emetic 13:53 Read by John Van Stan
Beausire's Bravado 11:16 Read by John Van Stan
Set Upon Dying 22:05 Read by John Van Stan
The Death Of The Countess 10:50 Read by John Van Stan
The Royal Martyr 14:20 Read by John Van Stan
Master Gamain Turns Up 9:45 Read by John Van Stan
The Trial Of The King 15:40 Read by John Van Stan
The Parallel To Charles I 10:10 Read by John Van Stan
Cagliostro's Advice 14:00 Read by John Van Stan
The Crown Of Ange's Love 11:26 Read by John Van Stan
The Effect Of Happy News 10:35 Read by John Van Stan
The Easy-Chair 8:40 Read by John Van Stan
What Pitou Did With The Find 7:50 Read by John Van Stan

Reviews


(5 stars)

1. John Van Stan is an incredible narrator. 2. Not knowing what happens in the future novels this was a pretty good closure to the stories of Bilay and Pitou or however you spell it. 3. God save the king lol. Thank you John for your dedication to the Dumas novels, every night I listen to a chapter I send my gratitude. Can't wait for the next.

THE TRAGIC WITHOUT THE GORE


(5 stars)

Van Stan does his usual fine read. Thanks! Dumas presents the events of this worst of revolutions in a delicate manner, not dwelling on the heinous actions of Robespierre and St Just, but on some of the effects of the decent citizens of France.