Freshwater Seas logoFreshwater Seas Audiobooks

Welcome to Freshwater Seas Audiobooks!

We hope you enjoy our work; we certainly enjoyed preparing it for you!
Sit back, relax, and let our voices bring you a wonderful listening treat!

Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, Volume I:
The Bastille

 Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution is a landmark of literary history. Conceived not as a dry recounting of facts, but as a personal, vivid, direct and dramatic encounter with the turbulent times of revolutionary France, it is in fact an extended dramatic monologue in which we meet not only the striking personalities and events of the time, but the equally striking personality and mind of Thomas Carlyle himself. In this, the second volume of the series, we live out the course of the French Revolution from the aftermath of the fall of the Bastille to the insurrection of August 1792, which effectively brought the reign of Louis XVI to an end.

 Carlyle's many-faceted personality and his constantly shifting attitudes and viewpoints on the events he narrates paint a wonderfully intricate picture of the amazing events of the time. And that, at heart, is the attitude he conveys most vividly--his sense of amazement at the enormous revolutionary energy that burst forth in this time, in ways no one, at the time, could predict or even truly comprehend, and that remain a source of astonishment to this day.

A satisfied listener wrote: "This book is a treat for the ears. It's like fine wine or anything else that needs intelligence, experience, and taste to be appreciated. I had to buy the hardbound copy so I would be able to read it over and over at leisure. The book is worth listening to for its rich range of expression and subtle humor even if you don't want to learn about the revolution, but having said that it is a first class description of those momentous events and renders them in a way that your dry dates-and-events histories could never rise to. A must for any student of history with a literary bent." (a listener from Bethany, CT.)

Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, Volume II:
The Constitution

In this, the second volume of the series, we live out the course of the French Revolution from the aftermath of the fall of the Bastille to the insurrection of August 1792, which effectively brought the reign of Louis XVI to an end.

 Carlyle is nothing if not passionately devoted to law and order. Yet as he takes us through the convoluted events and struggles that led revolutionary France by fits and starts towards a constitution, he also shows us so clearly how the whole desperate process was doomed to failure, and he reserves his most scorching sarcasm and vituperation for those who, in spite of their devotion to their task, led France down a path from which she could not return.

Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, Volume III:
The Guillotine

In this, the third volume of the series, we live out the course of the French Revolution from the aftermath of the insurrection of August 1792, which effectively brought the reign of Louis XVI to an end, through the short-lived Constitutional Assembly, into and through the horrors of the Reign of Terror and the emergence of the man on horseback--Napoleon Bonaparte.

 As only a writer of his authority and vision can do, Carlyle shows us how, once the Constitution could not be put into effect, France began a death spiral. Torn into pieces by deep-rooted hatreds, harassed and invaded by external enemies, struggling to find a way to govern itself in an age that knew no guidelines, precedents or established principles, even the most ardent revolutionaries went astray and led France into a welter of bloodshed--the Reign of Terror, a rolling genocide that threatened to move from executing royalists, to executing republicans, to executing all but the most power-hungry of the radical revolutionaries, a bloodbath that could only be brought to a stop by a man on horseback and cannoneers willing to fire on their own people: the force that was Napoleon.

Back to Freshwater Seas Audiobooks

Back to Freshwater Seas home page