I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I love historic fiction...but this was not historic fiction, this was better! It reads like a documentary detailing the lives of famous Americans and their Parisian journeys of the 19th century. McCullough does a great job compiling so much information to draw an extraordinary picture of the lives of these people and Herrmann lends his incredible voice for the listener to embark on this incredible journey! Thank you both!
I've been to Paris and seen the museums, walked many of the streets mentioned and loved visiting Paris and hope to go back again. This wonderful book, beautifully narrated brought back many fond memories and gave me a much greater historical look at Paris which I had never known about but found absolutely fascinating.
Finding out about the plague and the Franco Prussian war.
He was the perfect person to narrate this book as he has a wide range of tone and emphasis needed for the numerous and various scenes.
I listened to it at night before I went to bed.
Highly recommend this book, one of the best every audible books I've listened to of late.
I found this a strange book; a collection of mini biographies tied together by the fact that each was about an American in Paris in the 1800's. Still I am a fan of the author and the narrator and I am content to have finished the book. I learned a lot about the Americans in question, some of whom I never heard of before, and a lot about Paris that I never knew before.
I now understand why some people decide to be history majors. I had no idea history could be so interestingly told. I will be coming back to this audiobook again and again. I see myself sharing it with my children, re-listening to it before my next trip to Paris or to our National Parks and monuments. Oh what it will be like to walk, look and feel Paris with this history that I now have in my mind. I will never look at a bronze statue in the same way again. In fact, I will never look at my own work in the same way again. Gone are any doubts about the care I take when working on my craft! That is what I love most about having listened to this audiobook. Everyone should enjoy this experience. It will be one of the best gifts you give yourself. And we can all enjoy a good gift.
had just traveled to Paris so found this read interesting. many details of life and famous personalities that have added to our current world from medical advancements, art, building of the famous tower.
Wow. History of Paris and the Americans of the time came alive for me with this great work of history. Figures in art, medicine, science and literature intertwined and cross-pollinated and were captured by Mr McCullough. I feel more enlightened and still wanting to learn more--a sign of a great work of writing and story telling.
Exceptional insight into the influence of Paris and its culture upon the Americans of the 19th and early 20th century. Narrative by Edward Hermann is world class. Plan to listen to and read it again before next trip to Paris.
McCullough is one of my favorite writers. His subjects are spectacular and the use of historical journals mixed with his genius for storytelling always make for rich enjoyment. As an art lover, I admit to cringing through the reader's pronunciation of Robert Henri. Ouch. Highly recommend this.
The women Impressionists
These questions don't relate well to this book. Need to re=do them.