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Citizens

A Chronicle of the French Revolution
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From one of the truly preeminent historians of our time, this is a landmark book chronicling the French Revolution. Simon Schama deftly refutes the contemporary notion that the French Revolution represented an uprising of the oppressed poor against a decadent aristocracy and corrupt court. He argues instead that the revolution was born of a rift among the elite over the speed of progress toward modernity and science, social and economic change. Schama’s approach, weaving in and out of private and public lives in the fashion of a novel, brings us closer than we have ever been to the harrowing and seductive French Revolution.

Simon Schama is a professor of art history and history at Columbia University and is the author of numerous award-winning books; his history Rough Crossings won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. He has written and presented more than thirty documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and the History Channel.

©1989 Simon Schama (P)1990 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critiques

“Lively descriptions of major events, colorful cameos of leading characters (and obscure ones too), bring them to life here as no other general work has done…Above all, Mr. Schama tells a story, and he tells it well…A delight to read.” ( New York Times Book Review)
“An immensely readable work of distinguished scholarship that guillotined many of the romantic myths about the beginning of French democracy.” ( Time)

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  • 24/09/2015

Awesome magisterial book, defective audio

What disappointed you about Citizens?

The narrative is spectacular! But as another reviewer noted, the audio file is defective. Mine conked out leaving the last 1/4 of the book inaccessible. Hey Audible, how about fixing it!

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  • Joseph M. Arnold
  • 02/07/2015

Audio Skips!!

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The audio sounds like it was ripped from a scratched CD. At first it's only occasional, a minor annoyance. Later, though, it becomes more frequent, to the point where sentences and paragraphs can't be made out.

I've tried it on different devices, and the skips are in the same place, so the problem is on Audible's end.

I tried contacting them but have received no response. They're doing this excellent book, and their customers, a disservice by not re-uploading proper audio

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  • Mark
  • 01/02/2016

This is a great book. However the audio skips!

What would have made Citizens better?

Fix the audio. I am reluctant to return this book as I really want to listen to it. However, the skipping of the audio becomes more and more annoying over time.

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Please fix the audio on this book! It is a real disservice to the consumers who purchase this book.

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  • J. Woo
  • 05/02/2016

Recording flaws

This recording was obviously made by tranferring audio from a set of vinyl record disks. Whoever did it must not have cared or paid much attention. The needle skipped hundreds of times. Each skip abridged the reading by about 8 words. So much was missing in parts, I couldn't really understand the material. Why the attrociuous lack of quality control?

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  • Kevin Cook
  • 12/04/2017

Great book, awful audiobook

What disappointed you about Citizens?

The audio quality, for what is a great book, is embarrassing. Between audio that skips throughout, a low quality recording, and audio artifacting, it's nearly unlistenable.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator does a fine job himself. It's the circumstances around the audio that is the problem. Periodically the recording just skips forward or backwards at a whim. The recording ranges from quiet to very loud at a moments notice, especially when the narrator hits a plossive. And any time a soft 's' is emphasized it's ear splitting.

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  • Tad Davis
  • 30/11/2015

Savage

Schama emphasizes the great personalities involved in the French Revolution: this is the place to go for full portraits of the vacillating but sometimes courageous Louis XVI; for the puritanical Robespierre; the devilish Marat, with his repulsive skin disease; and calculating opportunists like Talleyrand.

It's also the place to go for stomach-churning descriptions of mob violence. I'm writing this in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Paris; and I hesitate to say this because of the timing, but Paris is no stranger to the savage violence of the mob on people perceived as enemies. Once killed by a Paris mob, the victim's body was likely to be torn apart - literally - with parts paraded around the city on the ends of pikes. Heads were being removed as trophies by ordinary people for years before the guillotine made the process systematic.

The king was at Versailles; a mob stormed the palace, killed and beheaded his defenders, and forced him to move to his palace in the city, the Tuilleries, where they could keep an eye on him. Later that palace was stormed by a mob, who killed and beheaded his defenders, and forced him to take refuge elsewhere. Later still, this place of refuge was stormed again, with even worse butchery, and he was tried and condemned to the guillotine.

Schama doesn't focus exclusively on this aspect of the revolution. He gives full play to the political history of the various factions: the Montagnards, the Girondins, the Jacobins; and to the successive waves of political and sometimes physical extermination carried out by one faction against another. The Revolution was self-consciously symbolic and declamatory, and it made for magnificent "scenes" of political debate.

It's a long, fascinating account, whose only fault is that it ends rather abruptly after the death of Robespierre. There's a summing up of what happened to who, but less attention to what - if anything - it all meant. Frederick Davidson gives his usual sterling performance. (Davidson, as I've said many times, is an acquired taste: IF you've acquired the taste, the book is a great pleasure to listen to. He has an unerring instinct for character, given less free rein here than in his readings of fiction, but still in evidence.)

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  • Brenton
  • 31/01/2018

Damaged copy

Doesn’t play correctly, skips syllables every minute or so. Extremely distracting to listen to. Charming performance if only it played back properly.

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  • Alexander T. Gerges
  • 08/11/2017

Warning!

This audiobook seems to have suffered from a bad recording or transfer and skips quite frequently! I’ve tried on two devices, but I think it’s the recording itself!

Buyer beware!

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  • Henry
  • 28/07/2015

Vivid and Mesmerizing

I thought (or imagined) that I possessed an understanding of the French Revolution. Then (quite tardily) read Citizens.
The effect of this read has immeasurably deepened my understanding and greatly enhanced my mental images of the era.
Thank you!

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  • JK
  • 26/11/2017

Pretty good history ruined by narrator

One would have thought that the publisher would have hired a reader who could speak, or at least, pronounce French. Worse, when he reads quotes by historical figures, he often affects an absurd accent that sounds like a Monty Python German. The rest is read in a kind of upper class English whine.

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  • NfIjee
  • 23/06/2017

the reader spoils it

Was genau hat Sie an Citizens enttäuscht?

Sorry, but the reader really spoils a potentially good book. I never reached farther then chapter 3. Then I had enough. The reader's voice sounds snarling and aggressive. Worse, the recording quality: Apart from fluctuations in volume that swallow whole syllables, I frequently thought to hear voices from the off. The reader could also have slowed down his torrent of words if only in order the help the recipient decode and digest the author's words. This book is a torment and should be taken from the shelves. No idea how it could ever pass quality inspection or what the reader has to say about his shoddy performance (or the author). I'm angry and would have exploded already if I had payed anything for the audio. As it happened I downloaded it as a bonus. Wasted now, still. What a shame!

Würden Sie es noch mal mit einem anderen Hörbuch mit Frederick Davidson versuchen?

Never again!

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