Did you know that French women don't date?
American women have been missing out on a few secrets when it comes to the opposite sex. French women believe that the gift for attracting men has nothing to do with beauty, work, or even motivation. There are no rules. And they don't listen to Dr. Phil's advice. They don't worry about the care and feeding of their boyfriend. And they certainly don't travel to Mars to communicate with men. On the contrary, French women's love lives are romantic, sensual, playful, and intense. They conduct their relationships with the same unique sense of originality and artfulness that they choose their clothes and accessories. For the first time ever, Jamie Cat Callan gives listeners a personalized, guided tour through the corridors of French love.
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Just as we've learned to stop torturing ourselves with fad diets and have relearned the art of eating, this witty, insightful, and candid audiobook strives to show American women how to cultivate and enjoy the pleasures of love, romance, and marriage.
©2009 Jamie Cat Callan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Absolutely not. I am going to avoid them both like my cat avoids the vacuum cleaner.
Well, let's see. It could be the fact that in the first hour and a half, the only information relevant to this book's stated topic is that French women don't go on dates (they meet at group dinner parties and a first date might be a walk in the park). Or it could be the constant intolerable caricatures of what is French vs. what is American. Or it could be the self-satisfied tone of a preachy author who in reality has little to no experience with what she's writing about. Or it could be the bad writing. I'm at a loss. You choose.
It could have been better if the person chosen to read a book which is heavy on French words could actually pronounce those words. Possibly the most horrendous performance I have ever heard on Audible.
The whole freaking thing. Though to be fair, I'm only about an hour and a half into the book. So at least the entire first hour and a half. Did this book even have an editor?
I am no quitter when it comes to audiobooks. I'm a slogger, I slog through even the disappointing performances and the driest prose. But holy cow, the endless blather about god-knows-what completely unrelated page-filler nonsense! I don't really need to know how to cook a rabbit! Maybe I should have waited until tomorrow to write this review. I just now turned it off when I just couldn't take it anymore and I was beginning to have homicidal thoughts. How this book ever got positive reviews, either on Audible or Amazon is way, way, way beyond my understanding. Sure, I'd rather listen to this book than have a hot poker in my eye, but either one would constitute torture.
Jamie Cat Callan makes becoming French easy and comprehensible to the American woman with fun stories, recipes,and study guides at the end of every chapter.
However, it was hard to listen to because of Laura Darrell's voice. Not only did her over-articulation on everything make it grating to my ears, but her slow speech caused her to drone on, which made me want to turn it off.
I didn't, because I liked the material, and instead powered thru by listening at 1.35 x the normal speed. Still annoying but easier to take and at least I made it thru.
I liked this book for what it was and didn't take it too seriously. I had just read and loved Bringing Up Bebe and wanted another American in France book. Contrary to some of the other reviews, I enjoyed hearing Callan's opinions. I have to admit, I even threw on a pair of wedge heels and lip gloss (with my otherwise casual denim shorts and ponytail) instead of my normal flip flops on the way to the grocery store. This was just for fun since I am engaged and not seeking a date, and I got complimented by a guy just as soon as I walked through the door. The next day, I made one of the recipes (the chocolate banana one), and my fiancé and I both loved it. I might just listen to it again. It's vacation season, and I am in the mood for light, fun, and even sometimes a little silly.
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