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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; Unabridged edition (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626349867
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626349861
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The bound captives drowned in holed boats in the Seine were just some of the thousands massacred during the years of the French Revolution. This detailed exposition shows how its ideals formed the basis of today's liberal democracies and how its excesses were a forerunner of 20th-century repressions. --Rachel Redford, The Observer

I approached The French Revolution In a Nutshell unwillingly: it was the last of a pile of promising but soon disappointing titles that I had put in my car for sampling; it smacked of the schoolroom. How wrong I was. At the off Roy McMillan accurately predicted that all I knew about the French Revolution was derived from Baroness Orczy, A Tale of Two Cities and such famous images as Marat stabbed in his bath. His reading of Neil Wenborn's canter through the financial and social causes, its violent progress and its significance for democracy is enthralling. --Christina Hardyment, The Times

The former Chinese premier Zhou Enlai, the story goes, was once asked to comment on the significance of the French revolution. 'It is too early to say,' he replied. Happily for us Neil Wenborn is prepared not just to produce a vivid potted history of the political and social events that led to the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 and the purges that followed in Robespierre's murderous reign of terror but also, unlike Zhou, to assess its longterm influences worldwide. Succinct, entertaining, thought-provoking everything the perfect history lesson should be. --Sue Arnold, The Guardian

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells on 15 July 2011
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Feeling I should know more about the French Revolution than I actually did (and having struggled with Simon Schama's Citizens), I thought I'd give this a try. While the book is short, it's beautifully written and highly informative.

My only cavil is that the reader of the audiobook, while having an otherwise excellent French accent, doesn't seem to have mastered the pronunciation of "ville", which he confuses with "vie".

Cavils aside, this book is to be highly recommended.
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This audio CD is well read and is excellent for both for general listening and for brushing up the facts about the French Revolution, which sparked off the American Revolution, got Thomas Paine thinking and almost kicked off a similar revolution in Gt Britain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert on 5 Dec. 2013
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A great way to study and think about the French revolution. I listen to it whilst driving and it gives me the opportunity to listen again and again.
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The content is very well put together, but the voice is too British. It needs a netural voice,; it is not a narrative on the British view of the French revolution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In a Nutshell is right... 22 Sept. 2010
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Easy to listen to, and I appreciate the French accent the author/reader uses. But the whole thing is done in an hour - it is much more meaningful if you have some prior knowledge of the events surrounding the events of 1787 - 1795. Very little mention of Marie Antionette, the cash crunch in France at the time, the gossipy and lying "journalists".... Do yourself a favor and learn more about the players before you listen to this audiobook.
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