A Place of Greater Safety

  • by Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 33 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A tour-de-force of historical imagination, this is the story of three young men at the dawn of the French Revolution. Georges-Jacques Danton: zealous, energetic, debt-ridden. Maximilien Robespierre: small, diligent, and terrified of violence. And Camille Desmoulins: a genius of rhetoric, charming, handsome, but erratic and untrustworthy.
As these key figures of the French Revolution taste the addictive delights of power, they must also come to face the horror that follows.

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Loved it!

Hillary Mantell is surely the queen of historical fiction. This book is every bit as good as her two Cromwell novels and it is fascinating to see in this earlier book how she develops the techniques which make those books so gripping. Only she could invest characters who bored the pants off me in my history A level with such life. The Frech Revolution comes alive vividly in all it's passion and horror. It is a long book but is totally gripping from beginning to end. Can't wait for the next one!
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- Aroura Boriales

Highly recommended

I like Hilary Mantel and I had tried reading this in book form and not got very far. The reader was excellent with voices for all the characters and made sense of the beginning of the book where all the characters are introduced and it can get a bit confusing. You don't need to know anything about the French Revolution to be able to follow this book which focusses on 3 of the main protagonists. Like her later 'political' books, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies (also highly recommended - the reader of Wolf Hall is particularly good) this mixes the political and the personal with great insight into the development of political extremism and its consequences. The portrayal of Robespierre is particularly astute. You can see how the author honed her writing skills to go from this to Wolf Hall - this has the same tautness and, despite its length, conciseness of expression and vividness of imagery. Highly recommended.
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- Maddy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-04-2013
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks