The Marie Antoinette Romances, Vol 3: The Queen's Necklace (Version 2)


Read by John Van Stan

(4.6 stars; 5 reviews)

This 3rd volume of the Marie Antoinette Romances begins a decade after the close of "The Mesmerist’s Victim” and is based on a real scandal in Louis XVI’s court, commonly called “The Diamond Necklace Affair.” In this volume, the plotting of a powerful occultist, Count Cogliostro (or “Balsamo”), collides with the long-festering resentments of a previous royal house, Jeanne de Valois (de la Motte), a growing popular movement for sociopolitical reform, and a shrinking supply of bread. It is easy to see how converging sociopolitical challenges can threaten the monarchy, but how can the court of Louis XVI overcome these challenges amidst a famine? After all, in the words of his economic advisor, Turgot de l'Aulnes, “Ne vous mêlez pas du pain” (One must not meddle with bread)! - Summary by jvanstan (16 hr 40 min)

Chapters

Prologue, The Predictions 19:45 Read by John Van Stan
Prologue, M. de la Perouse, Part 1 36:57 Read by John Van Stan
Prologue, M. de la Perouse, Part 2 28:45 Read by John Van Stan
Two Unknown Ladies 14:05 Read by John Van Stan
An Interior 10:05 Read by John Van Stan
Jeanne de la Motte Valois 20:40 Read by John Van Stan
Belus 10:18 Read by John Van Stan
The Road to Versailles 14:12 Read by John Van Stan
Laurent 21:15 Read by John Van Stan
The Queen's Bed-Chamber 25:30 Read by John Van Stan
The Queen's Petite Levee 16:30 Read by John Van Stan
The Swiss Lake 8:20 Read by John Van Stan
The Tempter 12:45 Read by John Van Stan
M. de Suffren 12:05 Read by John Van Stan
M. de Charny 9:25 Read by John Van Stan
The 100 Louis of the Queen 5:10 Read by John Van Stan
M. Fingret 9:45 Read by John Van Stan
The Cardinal de Rohan 23:20 Read by John Van Stan
Mesmer and St. Martin 6:40 Read by John Van Stan
The Bucket 11:25 Read by John Van Stan
Mademoiselle Olivia 11:01 Read by John Van Stan
Monsieur Beausire 6:25 Read by John Van Stan
Gold 8:35 Read by John Van Stan
La Petite Mason 22:21 Read by John Van Stan
Some Word's about the Opera 3:25 Read by John Van Stan
The Ball at the Opera 29:50 Read by John Van Stan
The Examination 4:50 Read by John Van Stan
The Academy of Beausire 18:30 Read by John Van Stan
The Ambassador 9:20 Read by John Van Stan
Messrs. Boehmer and Bossange 6:40 Read by John Van Stan
The Ambassador's Hotel 11:10 Read by John Van Stan
The Bargain 10:20 Read by John Van Stan
The Journalist's House 13:35 Read by John Van Stan
How Two Friends Became Enemies 10:20 Read by John Van Stan
The House in the Rue St. Gilles 17:25 Read by John Van Stan
The Head of the Taverney Family 8:50 Read by John Van Stan
The Stanzas of M. de Provence 10:54 Read by John Van Stan
The Princess de Lamballe 11:40 Read by John Van Stan
The Queen 18:18 Read by John Van Stan
An Alibi 13:03 Read by John Van Stan
M. de Crosne 9:00 Read by John Van Stan
The Temptress 7:35 Read by John Van Stan
Two Ambitions that Wish to Pass for Two Loves 4:35 Read by John Van Stan
Faces under Their Masks 16:05 Read by John Van Stan
In Which M. Ducorneau Understands Nothing of What is Passing 11:15 Read by John Van Stan
Illusions and Reality 4:15 Read by John Van Stan
Olivia Begins to Ask What They Want of Her 6:05 Read by John Van Stan
The Deserted House 3:21 Read by John Van Stan
Jeanne the Protectress 8:15 Read by John Van Stan
Jeanne Protected 9:15 Read by John Van Stan
The Queen's Portfolio 6:05 Read by John Van Stan
In Which We Find Dr. Louis 6:25 Read by John Van Stan
Aegri Somnia 7:30 Read by John Van Stan
Andree 8:30 Read by John Van Stan
Delirium 5:23 Read by John Van Stan
Convalescence 8:30 Read by John Van Stan
Two Bleeding Hearts 10:44 Read by John Van Stan
The Minister of Finance 6:57 Read by John Van Stan
The Cardinal de Rohan 12:10 Read by John Van Stan
Debtor and Creditor 9:25 Read by John Van Stan
Family Accounts 7:10 Read by John Van Stan
Marie Antoinette as Queen and Madame de la Motte as Woman 7:10 Read by John Van Stan
The Receipt of MM. Boehmer and Bossange, and the Gratitude of the Queen 6:20 Read by John Van Stan
The Prisoner 9:45 Read by John Van Stan
The Look Out 3:30 Read by John Van Stan
The Two Neighbors 6:55 Read by John Van Stan
The Rendezvous 5:15 Read by John Van Stan
The Queen's Hand 3:30 Read by John Van Stan
Woman and Queen 10:35 Read by John Van Stan
Woman and Demon 9:40 Read by John Van Stan
The Night 7:30 Read by John Van Stan
The Conge 7:40 Read by John Van Stan
The Jealousy of the Cardinal 14:20 Read by John Van Stan
The Flight 8:57 Read by John Van Stan
The Letter and the Receipt 6:49 Read by John Van Stan
Roi ne Puis, Prince ne Daigne, Rohan Je Suis 10:15 Read by John Van Stan
Love and Diplomacy 8:42 Read by John Van Stan
Charny, Cardinal and Queen 8:26 Read by John Van Stan
Explanations 11:15 Read by John Van Stan
The Arrest 10:20 Read by John Van Stan
The Process-Verbal 7:11 Read by John Van Stan
The Last Accusation 8:24 Read by John Van Stan
The Proposal of Marriage 7:34 Read by John Van Stan
St. Denis 2:34 Read by John Van Stan
A Dead Heart 7:03 Read by John Van Stan
In Which It Is Explained Why the Baron de Taverney Grew Fat 5:25 Read by John Van Stan
The Father and the Fiancee 7:55 Read by John Van Stan
After the Dragon, the Viper 6:55 Read by John Van Stan
How It Came to Pass that M. Beausire Was Tracked by the Agents of M. Crosne 4:30 Read by John Van Stan
The Turtles Are Caged 23:45 Read by John Van Stan
The Last Hope Lost 3:42 Read by John Van Stan
The Baptism of the Little Beausire 2:05 Read by John Van Stan
The Trial 8:25 Read by John Van Stan
The Execution 10:50 Read by John Van Stan
The Marriage 5:20 Read by John Van Stan

Reviews

SUBTERFUGE REIGNS


(5 stars)

Never has one novel presented so many plots and sub-plots. One can only marvel that Dumas could keep them all straight in his mind. This third novel of the five offers no sign of losing momentum, and the narration of Van Stam only enhanced. On to number four!

a facinating sequel


(5 stars)

well read. captivating characters. Thank you Mr. Van Stan for opening this door to me. A great companion to wash dishes with.