Emilie's Voice

Emilie's Voice

by Susanne Dunlap
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Emilie's Voice 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this story takes place in the era of the Sun King in Versailles, it was an easy "today" read. I was pleasantly surprised by a nice, snuggle up under the blanket and read all day kind of book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Only a person with outstanding knowledge of music, music history, and 17th century Paris could write a historical saga as entertaining and totally engrossing as Ms. Dunlap's EMILIE'S VOICE. Dunlap, the Director of Development for the Connecticut Opera, holds a PhD in Music History from Yale University. Her many years of teaching, writing about, and working in the world of music and opera have lent their unique voice to this superb debut novel.

By 1675, at the royal court of Versailles a few miles outside of Paris, Louis XIV ruled with a heavy hand. Versailles had become one of his most prized courts to sit, and although he rarely visited the city of Paris itself, the noblemen, courtier's, and men of wit and wisdom that graced the halls of the court of Versailles provided him with constant entertainment.

For Emilie, a young girl on the cusp of adulthood, having the voice of an angel has brought her to the attention of renowned composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier. A childhood friend of Louis XIV, Charpentier takes Emilie under his wing-determined, at all costs, to train her to become the most wonderful of courtiers at Louis' court at Versailles. But danger comes in many forms, and Charpentier's conniving schemes to keep Emilie from the control of rival Jean-Baptiste Lully, the official court composer, creates undue strain upon Emilie. And when a noblewoman hoping to usurp the king's mistress brings Emilie to court before she's ready, everyone involved has something to lose.

EMILIE'S VOICE is a wonderful, richly engaging book of power, betrayal, music, mayhem, and, above all, Emilie's wish to have control of her own life. For a girl who wants only to sing, that desire has brought more trouble than pleasure. It seems that everyone has a hidden agenda for Emilie and her angelic voice-but what of Emilie's own needs and desires?
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I picked this book up at Barnes, I was excited to read it! It was small, so a fast read, and the description caught me. I got through it easily enough, however, there was no passion in the book. At times I found myself rereading passages to understand what had just happened. What happened to certain characters at the end? And speaking of the end...awful. I just felt it was a wasted read. Great to keep in the car and pick up while stuck in traffic or the bathroom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Only a person with outstanding knowledge of music, music history, and 17th century Paris could write a historical saga as entertaining and totally engrossing as Ms. Dunlap's EMILIE'S VOICE. Dunlap, the Director of Development for the Connecticut Opera, holds a PhD in Music History from Yale University. Her many years of teaching, writing about, and working in the world of music and opera have lent their unique voice to this superb debut novel. By 1675, at the royal court of Versailles a few miles outside of Paris, Louis XIV ruled with a heavy hand. Versailles had become one of his most prized courts to sit, and although he rarely visited the city of Paris itself, the noblemen, courtier's, and men of wit and wisdom that graced the halls of the court of Versailles provided him with constant entertainment. For Emilie, a young girl on the cusp of adulthood, having the voice of an angel has brought her to the attention of renowned composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier. A childhood friend of Louis XIV, Charpentier takes Emilie under his wing-determined, at all costs, to train her to become the most wonderful of courtiers at Louis' court at Versailles. But danger comes in many forms, and Charpentier's conniving schemes to keep Emilie from the control of rival Jean-Baptiste Lully, the official court composer, creates undue strain upon Emilie. And when a noblewoman hoping to usurp the king's mistress brings Emilie to court before she's ready, everyone involved has something to lose. EMILIE'S VOICE is a wonderful, richly engaging book of power, betrayal, music, mayhem, and, above all, Emilie's wish to have control of her own life. For a girl who wants only to sing, that desire has brought more trouble than pleasure. It seems that everyone has a hidden agenda for Emilie and her angelic voice-but what of Emilie's own needs and desires?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Susanne Dunlap has carved out a nice niche in musical historical fiction. The characters are interesting, well motivated and more than two-dimensional. The descriptions are very visual. There are some very funny scenes. The plot really moves along and makes for a satisfying read. Plus, the book's web site has great information about the composers and music featured in the book. If you're one for soppy happy endings, this isn't for you. The author has crafted a much more clever, heart-rending and historically accurate finale, which make it all the more satisfying. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my entire book group.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emilie¿s Voice is an intelligent and compelling piece of historical fiction. It contains a perfect blend: well rounded characters, an interesting moment in history, intrigue, love and sacrifice. Susanne Dunlap¿s portrayal of 17th century France is full of rich and authentic details. The politics surrounding an artist¿s success or failure during the reign of Louis XI is conveyed with a deft hand. In Emilie, the reader will discover a naïve and engaging girl of humble origins, who possesses a glorious talent. As she is used and abused for both personal and political gain, her voice-- both as an artist and an individual¿develops, reaching maturity that left me gasping at the startling conclusion of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is a poignant story intertwining the coming of age of a poor but gifted girl, musical forces both personal and historical, and rivalry and intrigue in the court at Versaille. At center is a love story of a most delicate and ciruitous nature. The story moves at a fast pace with unexpected turns, and takes one far beyond the sordid perils of actual existence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emile's voice is more than a historical novel, it is a historical farce set in an accurate historic setting. Most of the characters are emotionlly flat, there is no character development and the action is highly improbable but the humor, time honored values, and a snapshot of life in the time of Louis the XIV come shining through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emilie's Voice by debut author Susanne Dunlap is truly captivating and magical.I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I look forward to seeing this on the big screen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With Emilie's Voice, Dunlap takes us back in time to the corrupt opulence of Louis XIV's Versailles. With rich language and colorful descriptions, I felt as though I was traveling with Emilie on her journey from humble beginnings to her debut at court. The intrigue, scheming, and power plays enjoyed by the noble classes will keep you turning pages. And the shocking end will take your breath away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provides a real insight into the culture and intrigue of pre-revolution France. The bittersweet ending adds spice to a wonderful story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to confess, I work such long hours and get so little sleep that I haven't been able to read a book cover to cover in years. Emilie's Voice, however, was so delicious to read that I snuck off to bed as early as possible every night for a week to get as many chapter's in as my poor tired eyes could tolerate. I didn't want to put it down. The plot was full of wonderful intrigue, the chracters were compelling, and the descriptions of the historical settings so evocative that I felt transported to another time and place. I can't wait for the next novel by this wonderful new author!