Audiobook Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Title: Revolution
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Genre: YA fiction
Publisher: Ember
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Emily Janice Card, Emma Baring
First line: Those who can, do.

Andi is just existing. She drifts through her days, taking too many anti-depressants and blaming herself for her younger brother’s death. She only comes alive when playing her guitar. When her absentee father finds out that she might not graduate, he takes her to Paris with him over winter break. He’s there to do DNA testing on a preserved heart that is believed to have belonged to Louis-Charles, the son of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Andi is supposed to be doing research on the composer Amade Malherbeau for her senior thesis.

While playing an antique guitar dating back to the French Revolution, Andi finds a hidden compartment containing the diary of Alexandrine, a woman who was the companion of the young Louis-Charles. As Andi becomes more and more wrapped up in Alex’s story, the line between the present and the past becomes increasingly blurry.

It was Sandy’s review of Revolution that had me searching the library’s web site and I was thrilled that they had it on audio, because that is definitely the way to experience this book.

This was my first encounter with the work of author Jennifer Donnelly, and I believe she is mainly an author of YA historical fiction. With the dual storylines in this book, she proves that she is brilliant at writing both contemporary and historical fiction. Usually when a book has two storylines, one historical and one modern, I find myself loving one storyline and wishing the other one would go by more quickly so I can get back to the one I love. That was not the case with Revolution – I was equally invested in Andi’s and Alexandrine’s stories. And with this book, Donnelly did what all good writers of historical fiction do – she made me want to know more about the French Revolution. (Anyone know of a readable history of that war?)

Audio notes: The two young women who narrate Revolution are sheer perfection. I understand from Sandy’s review that this production won an award; it is well-deserved.

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22 Responses to Audiobook Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

  1. irene says:

    Sounds intriguing.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    Yes! I’m so glad you loved this one as much as I did. I was mesmerized by both of the stories, the history of the French Revolution, the music lyrics, the modern teens, the time travel, all of it. It blew my mind. I may have to listen again it was so good.

  3. Sheila (Bookjourney)
    Twitter: bookjourney

    I am so glad you reviewed this one – and on audio too. I am excited to get to this one as well and will check my library when I am in there today.

  4. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I love the concept of this book and am thrilled to see it’s so well done. I need to get to it!

  5. Stephanie says:

    I am glad to see you liked this book. I have been wanting to read it for awhile now!

  6. AIDY
    Twitter: aidyspoetry

    Wow a ‘5 out of 5’ stars! This sounds like something I will definitely pick up! It seems audiobooks are becoming more popular now!

  7. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    If you gave it a 5 out of 5 rating, I need to put this near the top of my tbr list pronto! 🙂

  8. Kailana says:

    I really enjoyed this book! I finished it a while ago, though, and still haven’t reviewed it… Glad you enjoyed it, too!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kelly – I waited a while before finishing the review, too – I hate it when I do that, because it’s harder to write the review.

  9. 5 out of 5…wow!! Thank you so much for this lovely review. Emily and Janice are amazing, and I’m happy they are getting such warm recognition for their work!

  10. stacybuckeye says:

    This is on my wish list and I’m glad you recommended the audio. I’ll see if my library has it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Stacy – definitely go with audio on this one if you have a choice.

  11. destinylucky27 says:

    i LOVED this book. i read it a couple a months ago and i can’t seem to remember what she did at the end when she finished the essay and her father was pleased. please help, i really gotta know the resolution lol

  12. destinylucky27 says:

    i LOVED this book. i reaad it a couple months ago and i can’t seem to remember the resolution. please help