Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?
©2011 Stephanie Perkins (P)2011 Listening Library
I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs.
This is one of my favorite recent contemporary books, and I was curious to see how the audiobook experience compared to the print version. This audiobook release was timed with the release of Lola and the Boy Next Door and I picked up both books to revisit.
The audiobook narrator is Kim Mai Guest, who has narrated several books including Incarceron, Dearly, Departed, and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. At first, the voice of Anna sounded a little bubblier than I imaged her. The narration reminded me a little of Delirium’s Sarah Drew and her portrayal of Lena. However, Guest quickly won me over with her interpretation of Anna and delivers an authentic performance. She also capably handles the nuances of the other characters including their different accents. She even does a fine job with St. Clair’s British accent, and captures the spirit of his character well. There is a roller coaster of emotions found in the book and Guest handles the different feelings needed with ease. The narration flowed well, and the only thing I wondered about is if it would have worked to have a male narrator for St. Clair and the other male roles. Not sure if I would have liked it more, but it did cross my mind.
I loved revisiting this book again and the wonderful Paris setting. If you’ve never read Anna or want to read it again, try out the audio version. It’s a treat to listen to and a swoon-worthy contemporary romance. I would definitely pick up other audiobooks narrated by Kim Mai Guest in the future.
Updated 9/1/2012: 2nd reading of this novel and it filled me with more happiness than the first time. I was able to get a better feel for the minor characters (Rash, Josh, and Mer) and loved them - I would read about their own adventures as well. Of course, I fell in love with St. Clair and I can't believe I forgot how much I adore Anna. Still love this book as much (if not more) than I did the first time I read it.
My first "Chick-Lit" book. If you're wary, DON'T BE! It doesn't matter if you don't think Chick-Lit will be for you or not - you will adore this book. I have been on a YA Contemp binge lately and this has been my favorite so far.
A short list (from a long list) of things that I loved:
Perkins' writing style is free-flowing, nice, and true to the heart of a teenage girl.
Anna is likable. Is she perfect? No, but she is imperfectly perfect. I want Anna as my best friend.
The idea that home can be a PERSON, and not a place.
This book made me feel warm and fuzzy and just plain HAPPY. I smiled while I was reading this book - not (always) a giddy "hehehe - he's so cute" smile - but a genuine smile. That, above all, is what made me fall in love with Anna and the French Kiss.
Tatiana from GoodReads recommends this book for fans of Meg Cabot and I couldn't agree more.
I really enjoyed this book. Very sweet young love and everything that goes along with that. Communication issues, misunderstandings, jealousy, stupidity and in the end, love wins out!
A mom, a wife, a friend, a happy ending addict, an audiobook junkie, a wine lover and geek wanna -be. I'm constantly looking to be blown awa
Every time I approach a book with high expectations, I can’t help but to fear disappointment, but I’ve only been left with a giddy feeling of being 17 again and a totally melted heart.
After listening to this book, I’m not only in love with love, but I’m also in love with Paris, both exceptionally viewed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Anna.
The brilliant performance of Kim M. Guest of Anna’s point view leaves you not doubt of the talented writing behind the character. The perfect approach to Anna’s personality clearly conveyed all her qualities and emotions, and in the process captures your heart.
Her lovely English accent, tone and manner for Atennie brought him to life in just the way you imagined from Anna’s point of view.
The French accent, gave the book the perfect ambiance, and it truly makes you experience Paris with all its romantic glory.
I especially liked the way the emotional undercurrent was kept throughout the entire book.
Ultimately, this was an excellent and worthy delivery of this terrific book.
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
Anna and the french kiss was one of the most wonderful stories I've read .. It's has all the elements I love about a high school love , and in Paris , I really want to go there so bad .. I absolutely love this book and the narration was good too most recommended
The voices got super annoying after a while, Anna, the main character was so self involved, whiny, and immature. The whole story felt like it was written for 15 year old girls, so if you're in that age group you might like it.
No. I would not recommend this book so anyone, which is disappointing because it was highly recommended to me. The storyline was one dimensional, there were no plot twists or interesting character developments. Read the first chapter and if you what to re read that chapter 47 times then you might like this book; otherwise pass on it!
You're better off reading any other YA book if you want something about adventure or romance, if you want something about whiny teenagers then listen to this.
Nope. I couldn't stand the performance. Her voice was obnoxious and ruined what is otherwise a fantastic story. The book itself is wonderful with a great, likeable romance even with the silly title and cover. Beautiful story- just not on audio.
John Green/Gayle Forman/etc.
Pick someone else to do the reading. The lead character is a mature young woman and her voice was weirdly young and obnoxious. A dashing leading man on paper sounded goofy and muffled with this performer. All supporting characters blend together for the most part.
I LOVE this book. I would undoubtedly recommend it to anyone who loves YA- just not the audio book in particular. It kind of ruined the book for me.
Amazing book- buy it in hard copy, not audio.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a refreshing romance about young people dealing with their last year of high school; academics, friendships, family relationships, attractions, dreams for the future, and all of the dilemmas, and drama that makes young life and love so much fun. An enjoyable experience.
It was a bit juvenile and girly
more depth and character development
it was a sweet story
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