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  • A Hero of France | Alan Furst

    A Hero of France

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
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    Alan Furst's latest novel takes place in the secret hotels, nightclubs, and cafes of occupied Paris and the villages of France during the spring of 1941, when Britain was losing the war. Many of the characters are resistance fighters who run an escape line for British airmen down to Spain; they include men and women, old and young, all strong - an aristocrat, a Jewish teacher - and the hero is a hero, has a gun, and uses it.

    David Holroyd says: "Disappointing"
  • My Life in France | Julia Child,Alex Prud'Homme

    My Life in France

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
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    This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

    Sara says: "What a pleasure!"
  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs | Tyler Hamilton,Daniel Coyle

    The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

    Alan says: "Gripping and fascinating"
  • Nice Is Just a Place in France: How to Win at Basically Everything |  The Betches

    Nice Is Just a Place in France: How to Win at Basically Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By The Betches
    • Narrated By Arika Rapson
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    Look, maybe you're a nice girl, but we're guessing you're more like us or you probably wouldn't have downloaded this audiobook. But being nice is just not the way to get what you want. And this audiobook is about getting what you want. Not in a finding happiness, giving back to the world, being grateful for what you have sort of way. But in a ruling your world, being the most desired, powerful badass in the room way, so you can come out on top of any situation: guys, career, friends, enemies, whatever.

    sara says: "terrible idiotic book"
  • A Brief History of France: Brief Histories | Cecil Jenkins

    A Brief History of France: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Cecil Jenkins
    • Narrated By Tristan Bernays
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    When we think of France we often evoke images of fine food and wine, the elegant boulevards of Paris, the chic beaches of St Tropez. Yet, as the largest country in Europe, it is a place of huge diversity. The idea of 'Frenchness' emerged from over 2,000 years of history and it is a riveting story from Roman conquest to the present day.

    Michael says: "good narrative"
  • Tour de France | Graeme Fife

    Tour de France

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Graeme Fife
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    In this updated edition of the highly acclaimed Tour de France, Graeme Fife sets the 2012 race in the context of the event's remarkable history, stretching back to July 1903. Combining meticulous research with a pacy narrative style, he penetrates the mystique of the race and paints a colourful picture of the men whose exploits have given the Tour an enduring universal appeal. Moreover, the book now celebrates a truly historic event: The 99th edition of the race was won, for the first time, by a Briton.

    gary says: "Boring"
  • Reflections on the Revolution in France | Edmund Burke

    Reflections on the Revolution in France

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Edmund Burke
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
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    This famous treatise began as a letter to a young French friend who asked Edmund Burke’s opinion on whether France’s new ruling class would succeed in creating a better order. Doubtless the friend expected a favorable reply, but Burke was suspicious of certain tendencies of the Revolution from the start and perceived that the revolutionaries were actually subverting the true "social order". Blending history with principle and graceful imagery with profound practical maxims, this book is one of the most influential political treatises in the history of the world.

    CMC says: "A good historical perspective"
  • The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR'S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience | Kirstin Downey

    The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR'S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kirstin Downey
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
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    Frances Perkins is no longer a household name, yet she was one of the most influential women of the 20th century. Based on extensive archival materials, new documents, and exclusive access to Perkins' family members and friends, this biography is the first complete portrait of a devoted public servant with a passionate personal life, a mother who changed the landscape of American business and society.

  • Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine | George M. Taber

    Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By George M. Taber
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History houses, amid its illustrious artifacts, two bottles of wine: a 1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon and a 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay. These are the wines that won at the now-famous Paris Tasting in 1976, where a panel of top French wine experts compared some of France's most famous wines with a new generation of California wines. Little did they know the wine industry would be completely transformed as a result....

    William says: "Excellent recount of the Judgement of Paris"
  • Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War | Jennifer Robson

    Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jennifer Robson
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
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    Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford wants to travel the world, pursue a career, and marry for love. But in 1914, the stifling restrictions of aristocratic British society and her mother's rigid expectations forbid Lilly from following her heart. When war breaks out, the spirited young woman seizes her chance for independence. Defying her parents, she moves to London and eventually becomes an ambulance driver in the newly formed Women's Army Auxiliary Corps-an exciting and treacherous job that takes her close to the Western Front.

    Michael says: "Great Story Great Narrator about the Great War"
  • The Fall of France: The History of Nazi Germany's Invasion and Conquest of France During World War II |  Charles River Editors

    The Fall of France: The History of Nazi Germany's Invasion and Conquest of France During World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Charles River Editors
    • Narrated By Christian Carvajal
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    Of course,Paris was not destroyed before the Allies liberated it, but it would take more than four years for them to wrest control of France from Nazi Germany after they took the country by storm in about a month in 1940. That said, it's widely overlooked today given how history played out that as the power of Nazi Germany grew alarmingly during the 1930s, the French sought means to defend their territory against the rising menace of the Thousand-Year Reich.

    C Bol says: "Great overview, strong but not perfect narration."
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy | Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Little Lord Fauntleroy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
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    One day Ceddie Errol is visited by a gruff lawyer at the tiny house he shares with his widowed mother, and his life is never to be the same: for waiting in England is Dorincourt Castle, where Ceddie is to reside as the sole living heir to the irascible, proud, and selfish Earl of Dorincourt. It will be up to this virtuous boy to capture and warm the Earl's heart and transform him into a doting grandfather and responsible landlord.

    Paul says: "A Real Boy Becomes a Lord"
  • Wide-Eyed and Legless: Inside the Tour de France | Jeff Connor

    Wide-Eyed and Legless: Inside the Tour de France

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeff Connor
    • Narrated By Ben Elliot
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    Named ‘The No. 1 Cycling Book of All Time’ by Cycle Sport, Wide-Eyed and Legless is a fast-paced, fly-on-the-wall story of courage, endurance, bungling, rows and cheating in sport's greatest marathon. In 1987, the Tour was won by Irishman Stephen Roche. It was the first time the champion had hailed from outside the Continent or the States and the first time in 20 years a British team - ANC Halfords - had competed in the world's toughest and craziest race.

    Joe says: "Into the Tour de France? This is your book."
  • France in the Age of Enlightenment: The French Revolution Series | Encyclopaedia Britannica

    France in the Age of Enlightenment: The French Revolution Series

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    • By Encyclopaedia Britannica
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
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    The editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica are pleased to present The French Revolution Series. Here you will learn about the grandeur and opulence of the French régime, as well as its chaotic downfall and the new order that rose from its ashes. In this edition, the editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica examine France in the Age of Enlightenment, leading up to the causes of the French Revolution.

  • Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy | Frances Mayes

    Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy

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    • By Frances Mayes
    • Narrated By Frances Mayes
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    Filled with recipes from Mayes' Tuscan kitchen and written in the sensuous and evocative prose that has become her hallmark, Bella Tuscany is a celebration of the sweet life in Italy. Mayes writes of her continuing love affair with Italy: her deepening connection to the land, her flourishing friendships with local people, the joys of art, food, and wine, and the rewards and occasional heartbreaks of her villa's ongoing restoration.

    Amazon Customer says: "Maudlin Journal cum Drawl"
  • Isabella: Braveheart of France | Colin Falconer

    Isabella: Braveheart of France

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Colin Falconer
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
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    12-year-old Isabella, a French princess marries the King of England - only to discover he has a terrible secret. Ten long years later she is in utter despair - does she submit to a lifetime of solitude and a spiritual death - or seize her destiny and take the throne of England for herself? Isabella is just twelve years old when she marries Edward II of England. For the young princess it is love at first sight - but Edward has a terrible secret that threatens to tear their marriage - and England apart.

    Arlene Rogers says: "A different take on the tale"
  • A Woman Unknown | Frances Brody

    A Woman Unknown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frances Brody
    • Narrated By Anne Dover
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    The Woman Unknown: Deirdre Fitzpatrick is married to a man who wants to know where she really goes when supposedly taking care of her sick mother and calls on the expertise of Kate Shackleton, amateur sleuth extraordinaire, to investigate. The Gentleman: Everett Runcie is a banker facing ruin and disgrace. His American heiress wife will no longer pay for his mistakes or tolerate his infidelity and is seeking a divorce.

  • Frances and Bernard | Carlene Bauer

    Frances and Bernard

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Carlene Bauer
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil, Stephen R. Thorne
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    Bernard Elliot, a poet, and Frances Reardon, a fiction writer, meet at a writers' colony during the summer of 1957 and begin a friendship and correspondence. Bernard, well-born and Harvard-educated, is gregarious, reckless, and passionate; Frances, the precocious daughter of a middle-class Irish family, is circumspect, wry, and more than a little judgmental. What starts as an exploration of faith eventually becomes a romance, a development complicated by Bernard's fall into manic depression and Frances' struggle to decide whether she is strong enough to weather the illness with him for the long term.

    Margaret says: "Satisfying"
  • La France du XXe siècle : La Ve République, de 1958 à nos jours (Histoire de France 8) | Jean-François Sirinelli

    La France du XXe siècle : La Ve République, de 1958 à nos jours (Histoire de France 8)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jean-François Sirinelli
    • Narrated By Jean-François Sirinelli
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    En près de cinq heures, ce coffret retrace l'histoire de France au XXe siècle, incarnée par Jean-François Sirinelli...

  • The Making of a Marchioness | Frances Hodgson-Burnett

    The Making of a Marchioness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson-Burnett
    • Narrated By Lucy Scott
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    Frances Hodgson Burnett published The Making of a Marchioness in 1901. She had written Little Lord Fauntleroy 15 years before and would write The Secret Garden in 10 years' time; it is these two books for which she is best known. Yet Marchioness was one of Nancy Mitford's favourite books, was considered 'the best novel Mrs Hodgson Burnett wrote' by Marghanita Laski, and is taught on a university course in America together with novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Daisy Miller.

    Curatina says: "A Sweet Romantic Tale"
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