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Almost French | [Sarah Turnbull]

Almost French

After backpacking her way around Europe journalist Sarah Turnbull is ready to embark on one last adventure before heading home to Sydney. A chance meeting with a charming Frenchman in Bucharest changes her travel plans forever. Acting on impulse, she agrees to visit Fredric in Paris for a week. Put a very French Frenchman together with a strong-willed Australian girl and the result is some spectacular - and often hilarious - cultural clashes.
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Publisher's Summary

After backpacking her way around Europe, journalist Sarah Turnbull is ready to embark on one last adventure before heading home to Sydney. A chance meeting with a charming Frenchman in Bucharest changes her travel plans forever. Acting on impulse, she agrees to visit Fredric in Paris for a week. Put a very French Frenchman together with a strong-willed Australian girl and the result is some spectacular - and often hilarious - cultural clashes. Language is a minefield of misunderstanding and the simple act of buying a baguette is fraught with social danger.

But as she navigates the highs and lows of this strange new world, from the sophisticated cafes and haute couture fashion houses to the picture postcard French countryside, little by little Sarah falls under its spell: passionate, mysterious, infuriating, and charged with that French specialty - seduction. And it becomes her home.

©2004 Sarah Turnbull (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Jan Melbourne, Australia 12-09-12
    Jan Melbourne, Australia 12-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Just okay"
    What would have made Almost French better?

    The paperback was good just does not do it for me as an audio book.


    What was most disappointing about Sarah Turnbull’s story?

    I just found this book did not keep me interested. I did read the hard copy some years ago which was much better and I enjoyed it, however I have not been able to listen to the audio version. Have tried several times but given up on it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasted my credit. I love Caroline Lee she is terrific.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 02-05-13
    Elizabeth 02-05-13
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    "Almost Terrific"

    In contrast to some reviewers of this book who compared it negatively to Mayles, etc., I found it authentic, well-written, and rich in cutural details about Parisians and life in Paris. While similar "memoirs" of Paris supplement their meager content with recipes and cooking instructions, Turnbull attempts to offer readers a dimensional portrait of the city and its people, including, for instance, details about French antipathy toward "Anglo-Saxon" feminism, the City of Light's love affair with dogs, and the extended time required to befriend Parisians. My ONLY issue with the audio version is the reader's strange combination of annoying accent and knowing attitude. With another reader this book might have earned five stars all around.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dirk Steiglitz, Australia 03-15-12
    Dirk Steiglitz, Australia 03-15-12

    I'm old and like getting free stuff.

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    "Loved It Loved It!!!!"
    Would you listen to Almost French again? Why?

    Yes, just loved it all


    What did you like best about this story?

    the strength of Sarah


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice, makes you feel like you are actually listening to Sarah herself as the aussie voice clinched it for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did cry a little, but laughed heaps too.


    Any additional comments?

    Just loved all of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Kiss 07-22-14
    A. Kiss 07-22-14
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    "Sort of interesting, not all that funny"
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    One of numerous "foreigner as fish out of water in Paris" books I've read. Fairly interesting but not riveting, and nowhere near as funny as David Sedaris' "I Talk Pretty One Day."

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    "PITCH PERFECT"
    Where does Almost French rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A very engaging, light-hearted and enjoyable experience with which I found it very easy to relate.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favourite?

    The only character of real interest is the author herself. The rest are only by way of background information.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Pomjour from gay Paree!


    Any additional comments?

    A supremely well read book, where it seems as though it's the author herself speaking, instead of someone just reading someone else's work. The author has all the charm one tends to associate with France, and at the same time captures all those irritating frustrations that living there as a foreigner inevitably entails. In its own genre, it's hard to beat. Good on yer, Sarah!

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