Ninety-Three

  • by Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1793 in France, the year of the guillotine. Already, Louis XVI has been sentenced to the scaffold, and Terror reigns. The architects of the Revolution (Marat, Danton, and Robespierre) have set up the Convention, an embryo parliament, designed to stem social chaos. But ideals topple in the face of political necessity, alliances founder, and intrigue is a way of life.In Ninety-Three, Victor Hugo's inspired last novel, that tumultuous year's events are woven into an epic masterpiece that brilliantly captures the moment that shaped the destiny not only of France but of all European monarchies.

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What the Critics Say

"The book is full of pregnant and splendid sayings. There are scenes of inimitable workmanship. Ninety-Three is equal to anything that Hugo has ever written." (Robert Louis Stevenson)
"One of the loftiest achievements of Hugo's genius." (Saturday Review)

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Five stars for Hugo's work 3 for the recording!

Ok I'll be quick and simple this is a great story

Victor Hugo wrote this book to show how people act in battle (the novel is set in the year 1793 in the French Revolution). And he shows how familys faught against each other in the fight e.g. the Villian in this novel is an uncle and the Hero is a nephew of that uncle and they are on different sides. Fighting for different reason's so if you like 'Notre dame de Paris' and 'Les Mis?rables' his other two great novels you'll like this.

Now for the down side the recording it's self....

It says it's 'unabridged' but it's not it keeps skiping chapters like in one book (the story is split into differnt books and chapters) it gose from chapter 1 to 3 and skips two and in the same book gose from chapter 4 to 6 skiping 5.

This is either a mistake with 'Blackstone audiobooks' which is the company which released this recording or Audible it's self.

And I might add that when I bought 'Notre dame de Paris' it had the same problem it even skiped a complete book so I had to get another rendition of 'Notre dame de Paris' to read the full thing and now there is no other copy of Ninety-Three' so I can't get the full book just warning you.

But beside that it is a very, very good book the characters are wonderful and moving but it would help if you knew some history of the year 1793 in France and the whole revolt sense Hugo acts like his readers already know the historical fact's he put's down.
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- Grainne

reading a shopping list

This could have been a good book, but I did not download this title as the excerpt was so dreadful. The narrator reads the novel as if reading a shopping list. I will read the book myself!
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- Gillian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-10-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.