Ninety-Three


Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt

(4 stars; 1 reviews)

1793. The new revolutionary government of France is laboring mightily to end injustice and bring in an ideal new age of liberty, equality, and brotherhood, beginning by killing those obnoxious persons who don't appreciate their ideals. In Vendée a force of peasants, strongly supported by imperial England, is laboring mightily to overthrow the revolutionary government and restore Christianity, family, honor and decency, beginning by killing those obnoxious persons who fail to appreciate those noble phenomena. The exiled Marquis de Lantenac returns from England to lead the Vendéan revolt, to institute a take-no-prisoners policy, and to win a series of bloody victories.

Lantenac is opposed with some success by his great-nephew the Revolutionary officer Captain Gauvain. Gauvain's superiors in Paris admire his courage and tactical skill, but they disapprove of his belief that the principle of brotherhood requires him to show mercy to his enemies. They send their man Cimourdain, whose unyielding principles they trust, to make sure that Gauvain's reactionary mercies and his family loyalty are not causing him to betray the Republic--and to have Gauvain killed if that proves to be the case. They don't realize that Cimourdain, who was once a priest and Gauvain's tutor, loves Gauvain like a son--loves him, perhaps, as much as he once loved God and as he now loves the Revolution.

Meanwhile, the Breton peasant Michele Flechard, who has just lost her home and her husband in a war which she experiences an incomprehensible nightmare, is simply trying to keep her young children alive and get them to some place that won't collapse in blood and fire. Under the circumstances, this appears about as difficult as bringing about either version of the Just Kingdom.

Note: A listener interested in the story, and not in a long excursus on the architecture and the notable names of the French Revolution, could skip the very long Section 27, The Convention, without becoming confused or losing any of the plot. (Summary by Joanna Michal Hoyt) (12 hr 39 min)

Chapters

Part 1: At Sea Book 1, Ch 1: The Forest Of La Saudraie 23:58 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Part 1 Book 2: The Corvette Claymore Ch 1: England and France United 7:10 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/2/Ch 2:Night with the Ship and the Passenger 3:53 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/2/3: Patrician and Plebeian United 12:17 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/2/4: Tormentum Belli 5:43 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/2/5: Vis et Vir 10:41 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/2/6: The Two Ends of the Scale 5:56 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/2/7: He Who Sets Sail Invests in a Lottery 6:42 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/2/8: 9:380 8:49 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/2/9: Someone Escapes 3:16 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/2/10: Does He Escape? 5:03 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Pt 1 Book 3: Halmalo Ch 1: Speech Is Word 10:21 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/3/2: A Peasant's Memory Is Worth As Much As The Captain's Science 18:35 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Pt 1 Bk 4: Tellmarch Ch 1: On The Top Of The Dune 5:38 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/4/2: Aures Habet Et Non Audiet 4:15 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/4/3: The Usefulness of Big Letters 4:46 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/4/4: The Caimand 13:03 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/4/5: When He Awoke It Was Daylight 7:04 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/4/6: The Vicissitudes of Civil War 8:58 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
1/4/7: No Mercy, No Quarter 10:14 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Part 2: Paris Bk 1: Cimourdain Ch 1: The Streets Of Paris At That Time 15:30 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
2/1/2: Cimourdain 15:13 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
2/1/3: A Corner Not Dipped Into The Styx 5:49 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Pt 2 Bk 2: The Pot-House On The Rue De Panon Ch 1: Minos, Aeacus, and Rhadamant… 5:30 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
2/2/2: Magna Testantur Voce Per Umbras 33:30 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
2/2/3: A Quivering of the Inmost Fibres 18:59 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Pt 2 Book 3: The Convention Ch 1: The Convention 52:33 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
2/3/2 Marat In The Green-Room 10:29 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Part 3: In The Vendée Bk 1: The Vendée Ch 1: The Forests 4:52 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/1/2 Men 3:49 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/1/3 Connivance of Men and Forests 5:34 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/1/4 Their Life Underground 3:06 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/1/5 Their Life In Warfare 10:39 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/1/6 The Soul of the Earth Passes Into Man 7:00 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/1/7 The Vendée has Ruined Brittany 3:40 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Pt 3 Bk 2: The Three Children Ch 1: Plus Quam Civilia Bella 12:57 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/2 Dol 13:31 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/3 Small Armies and Great Battles 13:58 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/4 A Second Time 4:41 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/5 A Drop of Cold Water 5:15 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/6 A Healed Breast, but a Bleeding Heart 12:45 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/7 The Two Poles of Truth 13:28 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/8 Dolorosa 4:04 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/9 A Provincial Bastille 17:20 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/10 The Hostages 12:58 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/11 Terrible as the Antique 7:10 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/12 The Rescue Planned 4:10 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/13 What The Marquis Is Doing 4:14 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/2/14 What The Imânus Is Doing 4:24 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Pt 3 Bk 3: The Massacre of St. Bartholomew Ch 1: The Massacre of St Bartholemew 28:33 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Pt 3 Book 4: The Mother Ch 1: Death Passes 5:04 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/2: Death Speaks 7:12 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/3: Mutterings Among The Peasants 7:29 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/4: A Mistake 4:41 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/5: Vox In Deserto 4:13 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/6: The Situation 5:55 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/7: Preliminaries 6:29 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/8: The Speech and the Roar 7:44 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/9: Titans Against Giants 7:55 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/10: Radoub 12:55 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/11: The Desperate 5:34 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/12: The Deliverer 5:29 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/13: The Executioner 4:15 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/14: The Imânus Also Escapes 4:41 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/4/15: Never Put A Watch And A Key In The Same Pocket 6:34 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Part 3, Book 5: In Daemone Deus. Ch 1: Found, But Lost 15:15 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/5/2: From The Door Of Stone To That Of Iron 3:52 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/5/3: Where The Sleeping Children Wake 9:55 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Part 3, Book 6: After Victory, Struggle Begins. Ch 1: Lantenac Taken 4:34 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/6/2 Gauvain Meditating 24:42 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/6/3 The Commander's Hood 4:29 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Part 3, Book 7: Feudality and Revolution. Ch 1: The Ancestor 16:38 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/7/2: The Court-Martial 6:07 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/7/3: The Votes 9:36 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/7/4: After Cimourdain The Judge, Cimourdain The Master 3:05 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/7/5: The Dungeon 17:06 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
3/7/6: Still The Sun Rises 15:32 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt