• by Kate Williams
  • Narrated by Sandra Duncan
  • 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the incredible rise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleon’s military might. In this triumphant biography, Kate Williams tells Josephine’s searing story, of sexual obsession, politics and surviving as a woman in a man’s world.
Abandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband, Josephine's future did not look promising. But while her friends and contemporaries were sent to the guillotine during the Terror that followed the Revolution, she survived prison and emerged as the doyenne of a wildly debauched party scene, surprising everybody when she encouraged the advances of a short, marginalised Corsican soldier, six years her junior.
Josephine, the fabulous hostess and skilled diplomat, was the perfect consort to the ambitious but obnoxious Napoleon. With her by his side, he became the greatest man in Europe, the Supreme Emperor; and she amassed a jewellery box with more diamonds than Marie Antoinette’s. But as his fame grew, Napoleon became increasingly obsessed with his need for an heir and irritated with Josephine’s extravagant spending. The woman who had enchanted France became desperate and jealous. Until, a divorcee aged forty-seven, she was forced to watch from the sidelines as Napoleon and his young bride produced a child.


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


I didn't find the text very well written, and the narrator could not pronounce any of the French, which is a bit of a drawback! However, I did find the book packed with amazing facts. It may not be the greatest historical work ever, but I did find it very interesting.
Read full review

- AReader

Empress of France.

Josephine has her story delivered to us in a very calm way. I will however go through the book again as I think I have missed pieces. A good book that I would recommend.
Read full review

- Teresa Cooper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-12-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks