When Jennifer arrived at Madame Chic's Parisian apartment as a foreign exchange student, Madame Chic took her under her wing and tutored her in the secrets of how the French elevate the little things in life to the art of living. Years later Jennifer was back in California with a husband, two young daughters, a dog, and her first home. She began to think about Madame Chic's home - how the breakfast table was set beautifully the night before, the music that always played in the background, and the calm of Madame and Monsieur Chic's ritual cocktail hour together. Jennifer wanted that life. She decided to see what would happen if she didn't perform her chores impatiently or mindlessly...and could live like Madame Chic.
At Home with Madame Chic reveals the secrets to having a happy, fulfilling, and passionate life at home. Jennifer explains the morning send-off need not be chaotic, it's possible to look stylish with minimal time and effort, a little forethought makes it possible to serve a home-cooked dinner every night, and details like music and scented candles can set the tone for the whole family's evening.
©2014 Jennifer L. Scott (P)2015 Tantor
I really like the points that this author was making. A more formal, European lifestyle with more attention paid to good food, an organized home and planning are things I would love to here more about. But 3 hrs in to this 4 hr book I can not listen to this narration anymore. I'm pretty sure it's just a computer generated version of Siri reading. It's comically bad.
I can not recommend the audio version.
I've heard the author speak on her youtube videos. She could have narrated this herself 1000 times better.
The audio is really terrible, honestly. I cannot STAND the narrator's voice at all. It's obnoxious and ridiculously slow. And there are things to go hunt for on a site which I always prefer to avoid.
The content of the book is fine. It's nothing earth-shattering and really mostly things we all know but don't always do. I would hope that since she has several other books, some of them are at least more informative or useful. This book was benign and didn't really leave me feeling strongly one way or another about the author.
The narrator's voice is horrible. Absolutely horrible. This is not a suitable voice for narrating a book. Too slow. There's just something about her voice that's obnoxious and painful to listen to. I think she's trying to sound sultry and sophisticated but she just sounds strange and annoying and pretentious. Her voice really is so terrible that even if she were the most wonderful person in the world and we were friends, she would be the last person I'd want to get together with for a chat over coffee. I really don't buy that this is anyone's real, everyday voice.
A film would be a total waste of time. Maybe a series of YouTube videos: "How to be more pretentious than all the other mom's in the drop-off line"
I'd probably have a more positive view of the book and the author if the narrator weren't so grating and intolerable.
Would be better if the narrator could pronounce the foreign words she uses. Unfortunately, she didn't take the time to do her homework and find out. I laugh out loud sometimes at her ridiculous pronunciation.
This book is a profit-stretching spin off of the author's slightly less terrible original, and not the good kind of spin off like "The Jeffersons." This book is "Saved by the Bell: the College Years." The only thing that could make this book worse is if it had been narrated by Screech, rather than the live-action, vocal fried, Siri wannabe that was chosen instead.
Were you hoping to enjoy a humorous, insightful, yet fluffy novel about an expatriate living in Europe? One in which the protagonist is both enriched and comically puzzled by the customs of their new home?
Skip "Madame Shit" and buy "The Year of Living Danishly" by Helen Russel (which even has a great narrator to boot!).
At Home with Madame Chic is full of great practical tips to create a home that you love, your children love, and that is intentional and filled with peace and class. I would recommend this book to any mom who is looking to have a less frenzied life and the ability to enjoy each moment.
Oh my goodness, I'm at the beginning and the narrator keeps pronouncing "bien dans sa peau" about as wrongly as it can be pronounced. I'm not asking for a perfect French accent, but she could have tried for one single minute to learn the correct pronunciation. Wow, terrible!
Loved this book, all the advice, all the details. I am a single woman who has really struggled with having a barely functioning apartment, forget a smoothly running peaceful home like the author describes. This book has already been a great help- just this morning I used several of her tips: do Sisyphean tasks with a positive attitude, listen to peaceful classy music to begin your day on the right foot, wake up an hour before you normally do if you always rush too much in the morning, say affirmations, spend quality breakfast time with your loved ones . . . I will be listening again and again. My only issue with this audio book was the French pronunciation of the narrator, which was rather poor. There are a couple phrases which are repeated several times, so it became irritating.
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