Marie Antoinette Romances, Vol 4: Taking the Bastile


Read by John Van Stan

(4.3 stars; 3 reviews)

This 4th volume of the Marie Antoinette Romances begins several years after the close of "The Queen’s Necklace.” It describes the events leading up to and including the storming of the Bastile. Past plots of Count Balsamo (aka, Cogliostro) to destroy the French monarchy are resurrected by the mysterious Dr. Gilbert – a student of Balsamo’s occult arts and the Enlightenment philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Considered by many critics to be a highlight of the Marie Antoinette Romances, Dumas tells this quintessential story of the French Revolution through the lens of the people. As Dumas writes, “The Bastile was the seal of feudalism on the brow of Paris … the monument which had for five centuries weighed like an incubus on the breast of France—a rock of Sisyphus. Less confident than the Titan in her power, France had never thought to throw it off.” Here, history shows us the Titanic power that a people can wield! - Summary by jvanstan (8 hr 29 min)

Chapters

The Son of Gilbert 12:35 Read by John Van Stan
Ange Pitou 29:50 Read by John Van Stan
A Revolutionary Farmer 21:30 Read by John Van Stan
Long Legs Are Goord for Running, if Not for Dancing 26:25 Read by John Van Stan
Why the Police Agent Came with the Constables 20:10 Read by John Van Stan
On the Road 8:15 Read by John Van Stan
The First Blood 17:25 Read by John Van Stan
Pitou Discovers He is Brave 18:15 Read by John Van Stan
"To the Bastile!" 19:00 Read by John Van Stan
Blowing Hot and Cold 30:09 Read by John Van Stan
The Prison Governor 30:15 Read by John Van Stan
Storming the Bastile 30:40 Read by John Van Stan
Down in the Dungeons 16:25 Read by John Van Stan
The Triangle of Liberty 20:16 Read by John Van Stan
The Young Visionary 6:55 Read by John Van Stan
The Physician for the State 11:24 Read by John Van Stan
The Countess of Charny 18:35 Read by John Van Stan
The Queen at Bay 17:40 Read by John Van Stan
The Queen's Favorite 30:50 Read by John Van Stan
The Trio of Love 9:00 Read by John Van Stan
The Queen and Her Master 20:20 Read by John Van Stan
The Private Council 22:50 Read by John Van Stan
Why the Queen Waited 21:20 Read by John Van Stan
The Army of Women 17:10 Read by John Van Stan
The Night of Horrors 17:55 Read by John Van Stan
Billet's Sorrow 14:50 Read by John Van Stan

Reviews

HOW EASY IT WAS


(5 stars)

A fine presentation of the events leading to the great Paris uprising. JVS is the perfect reader for this series.