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The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court (Unabridged)

by Michelle Moran

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National best-selling author Michelle Moran returns to Paris, this time under the rule of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte as he casts aside his beautiful wife to marry a Hapsburg princess he hopes will bear him a royal heir.... After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon’s power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the 18-year-old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, or say no, and plunge her country into war. Marie-Louise knows what she must do, and she travels to France, determined to be a good wife despite Napoleon’s reputation. But lavish parties greet her in Paris, and at the extravagant French court, she finds many rivals for her husband’s affection, including Napoleon’s first wife, Joséphine, and his sister Pauline, the only woman as ambitious as the emperor himself. Beloved by some and infamous to many, Pauline is fiercely loyal to her brother. She is also convinced that Napoleon is destined to become the modern Pharaoh of Egypt. Indeed, her greatest hope is to rule alongside him as his queen - a brother-sister marriage just as the ancient Egyptian royals practiced. Determined to see this dream come to pass, Pauline embarks on a campaign to undermine the new empress and convince Napoleon to divorce Marie-Louise. As Pauline’s insightful Haitian servant, Paul, watches these two women clash, he is torn between his love for Pauline and his sympathy for Marie-Louise. But there are greater concerns than Pauline’s jealousy plaguing the court of France. While Napoleon becomes increasingly desperate for an heir, the empire’s peace looks increasingly unstable. When war once again sweeps the continent and bloodshed threatens Marie-Louise’s family in Austria, the second Empress is forced to make choices that will determine her place i...

Customer Reviews

Don't listen to it for the historical accuracies

This book takes place during the last 6 years of Napoleon's reign; it deals heavily on his 2nd marriage with Marie Louise and the inner workings of the Emperor’s court.

The story is enjoyable, unlike Michelle Moran’s other books; the historical content is not drilled into you. Though the book does touch upon it, it’s mainly about the relationships.

The narration by the 3 narrators was excellent. It’s believable, and draws you in.

Michelle Moran, The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Adam Alexi-Malle, Emma Bering, Tanya Franks
  • Published: 2012
  • Category: Romance
  • Provider: Random House Audio
  • Presented by Audible.com

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