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A Paris Apartment | [Michelle Gable]

A Paris Apartment

When her boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit apartment in the ninth arrondissement, Sotheby' s continental furniture specialist April Vaught does not hear "dust" or "rats" or "shuttered for 70 years". She hears Paris. She hears escape. She cannot board the plane fast enough. When she arrives, April quickly learns the apartment is more than just some rich hoarder' s repository. Beneath the dust and cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a literal goldmine - and not just in terms of actual dollars.
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Publisher's Summary

Where Moulin Rouge meets The Paris Wife lies The Paris Apartment, a rich and colorful work by debut author Michelle Gable. When her boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit apartment in the ninth arrondissement, Sotheby' s continental furniture specialist April Vaught does not hear "dust" or "rats" or "shuttered for 70 years". She hears Paris. She hears escape. She cannot board the plane fast enough.

When she arrives, April quickly learns the apartment is more than just some rich hoarder' s repository. Beneath the dust and cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a literal goldmine - and not just in terms of actual dollars. First, there' s a portrait painted by one of the masters of the Belle Epoque. Then there are letters and diaries and a thousand indications the woman who lived there was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable décolletage. Suddenly it's no longer about the bureau plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It' s about a life.

Two lives, actually. With the help of a salty Parisian solicitor and hundreds of private documents, April tries to uncover the secrets buried in the apartment. As she digs her fingers into one woman' s life, April can' t help but take a deeper look into her own. When two things she left bubbling back in the states begin to boil over, the problems she thought she had suddenly look quaint, more ancient than the shuttered flat. April starts to wonder if in this apartment, in this life, she' ll ever find what she' s looking for.

©2014 Michelle Gable (P)2014 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"With its well-developed, memorable characters and the author's skillful transitioning between story lines, finding similarities in the lives of two women decades apart, this stunning and fascinating debut will capture the interest of a wide audience but particularly those interested in stories about women behind famous men like Melanie Benjamin's The Aviator's Wife and Nancy Horan's Under the Wide and Starry Sky. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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    Christine Oakland, Mi, United States 07-25-14
    Christine Oakland, Mi, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2011

    Kris

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    "Couldn't finish it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Perhaps a different narrator. I found this one grated on my nerves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The "story" was intriquing. The writing and characters and narration were not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She tried too hard to be cute.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Like I said, the story was intriguing. Unfortunately, that couldn't carry me through to the end. :)


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 11-12-14
    Simone 11-12-14 Member Since 2015

    Member Since 2006!!

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    "Total Fail"

    Wow – I did NOT enjoy this book!

    I was in a Paris mood, looking for something “scenic” that would recall memories of past visits to Paris - instead I got drippy, insipid, BORING drivel.

    The characters were flat and unbelievable, the plot was uninteresting, the flashbacks were unexciting, the story uninspired… so why did I read on? Because I kept hoping things would improve; how much worse could they get since the book started off on such a low?

    The narration was a farce. The French accents were so extremely comically bad, to me it felt like what Americans think French people should sound like (when they are making fun of them!) It was over the top absurdly bad – everyone was a cliché of Clouseau. “Ziss iz zee best place to ave crrrrrroisant! Come ma belle, let us enjoy zee sun. It tiz a bootifool afternoon,non”

    ugh, I can’t even fake it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janels 08-05-14
    Janels 08-05-14
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    "Engrossing dramatization of an actual event"

    Although a Francophile, I don't remember hearing about the Paris apartment that had been closed up for 70 years. When I now research that finding, I see that many stories got it wrong. It was not the original owner, Marthe de Florian, who fled the Nazis for southern France around the time of the 2nd World War, but her granddaughter, which is a mystery in itself. This appears to be the best and tidiest accounting of the apartment and the lineage of owners. It also probably speculates as to why the final owner never returned for 70 years prior to her death, but kept paying the rent for all that time. The speculations are quite interesting, and it makes for an engrossing story--especially as it is heavily based on actual events. It seems to have been painstakingly researched to be able to have woven the intricate series of events that lead up to this fabulous find. Almost my only negative comment would be of the very excellent narrator. Especially when narrating the voice of a multi-degreed antiques expert, PLEASE pronounce "jewElry" correctly! (not jew-le-ry).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-01-15
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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book could possibly be enjoyed by an avid reader of the romance genre, as long as the reader was not looking for anything deep or historically relevant.


    What could Michelle Gable have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Had the historical significance and facts of the actual find been explored in depth I would have found this a much more interesting story


    What didn’t you like about Erin Moon and Saskia Maarleveld ’s performance?

    I did not like the voice used to animate the main female character. The voice was too immature given the character's level of seniority within her profession. Using a female voice for the french male character was ridiculous and made him seem like a french caricature.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The premise was fascinating and is what interested me in the first place, however, how the premise was explored was extremely superficial and unsatisfying.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    vsm 12-30-14
    vsm 12-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing, sloppy"
    What would have made A Paris Apartment better?

    Less of a "chick-lit" predictable read. The narrator was awful...pronunciation of French words appalling....


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michelle Gable again?

    Yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    Some basic research...pronunciation appalling....pronounces "Provenance" like Providence, RI......just terrible....annoying flat mid-western accent.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    NO

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia Brown 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read unless you've had a cheating husband."

    The author makes the main character incredibly relatable. The story will draw you in and keep you there until the last word spoken. Again, my warning, if you've had a cheating husband, you may revert to some past anger as you listen to the main character navigate through her struggling marriage. Otherwise, enjoy this easy and entertaining read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    flower fan San Diego 01-17-15
    flower fan San Diego 01-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved it!"
    Where does A Paris Apartment rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't listened to that many audible books yet, but this was certainly enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed learning the history of those times and that this was based on a real discovery.


    Have you listened to any of Erin Moon and Saskia Maarleveld ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Who was the most memorable character of A Paris Apartment and why?

    April


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leah 10-02-14
    Leah 10-02-14
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    "Great Story!! Kept my interest!"
    Where does A Paris Apartment rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's very much up there with my favorites. It held my interest and the characters were very fascinating. Michelle Gable did a wonderful story and I loved Paris and the emotion!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Paris Apartment?

    Many! April's interest in the memoirs and connecting them with the art for a star showing. Her marriage with Troy and her family history. Her interest in Luke.


    What does Erin Moon and Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They made each character unique and alive! Excellent work!


    If you could take any character from A Paris Apartment out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Luke because he always seemed to know more than he put forth. He seemed knowledgeable as well as romantic with a sense of humor. He made things happen.


    Any additional comments?

    I very much loved the authors book. I can't wait for her next one!!! Thank you Michelle Gable!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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