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The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner
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Jul 05, 12

bookshelves: audiobooks, five-star-reads, historical-fiction-stuff-etc, read-in-2012
Read in July, 2012

"This is Paris, ere the winds of change are blowing, whispering their discontent into the very hearts of her citizens. A Paris waiting for the first slow turn of a wheel that will bring with it a revolution the like of which Europe has never known. In the coming year the people will be called upon to play their part in the tearing down of the Bastille, in the destruction of the old regime, in the stopping of the clocks. This is where the Devil goes walking, looking with interest at the window of Dr. Guillotin, who works night and day to perfect the humane killing machine, sharpening his angled blade on the innocent necks of sheep. Little does the earnest Doctor know that his new design will be center stage, a bloody altar-piece in the drama that is about to unfold. But wait, not so fast... this is the winter of 1789, one of the worst in living memory. Jack Frost has dug his fingers deep into the heart of this frozen city... all still appears as it should be, all has yet to break."
- Gardner's opening to The Red Necklace

It's just fantastic. It's a historical novel intertwined with gypsies, magic, aristocrats, two young protagonists, and a most revolting villain.

...Ooh, did I mention Tom Hiddleston is the narrator?...

Anyway, this is one delicious audiobook.
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