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  • The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel | Nina George

    The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nina George
    • Narrated By Steve West, Emma Bering, Cassandra Campbell
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    Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

    KSH says: "Wish there were more about book "prescriptions""
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel | Paula McLain

    The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
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    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
  • The Paris Architect | Charles Belfoure

    The Paris Architect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Belfoure
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
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    Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

    Ellen says: "Grows on you"
  • Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World | Margaret MacMillan

    Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, renowned historian Margaret MacMillan's best-selling Paris 1919 is the story of six remarkable months that changed the world. At the close of WWI, between January and July of 1919, delegates from around the world converged on Paris under the auspices of peace. New countries were created, old empires were dissolved, and for six months, Paris was the center of the world.

    W. F. Rucker says: "Good book, well narrated"
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris | David McCullough

    The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
  • My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine | Kate Betts

    My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Betts
    • Narrated By Kate Betts
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    For fans of How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, My Paris Dream is a charming and insightful memoir about coming of age as a fashion journalist in 1980s Paris by former Vogue and Harper's Bazaar editor Kate Betts, the author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.

    L.W. says: "Sorry but narrator puts me to sleep"
  • Paris Time Capsule | Ella Carey

    Paris Time Capsule

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ella Carey
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
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    New York - based photographer Cat Jordan is ready to begin a new life with her successful, button-down boyfriend. But when she learns that she's inherited the estate of a complete stranger - a woman named Isabelle de Florian - her life is turned upside down.

    john says: "very good read"
  • Paris: The Novel | Edward Rutherfurd

    Paris: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Jean Gilpin
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    Internationally best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city.

    Kathi says: "Rutherfurd's "Paris"--C'est très bien!"
  • Down and Out in Paris and London | George Orwell

    Down and Out in Paris and London

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Orwell's own experiences inspire this semi-autobiographical novel about a man living in Paris in the early 1930s without a penny. The narrator's poverty brings him into contact with strange incidents and characters, which he manages to chronicle with great sensitivity and graphic power. The latter half of the book takes the English narrator to his home city, London, where the world of poverty is different in externals only.

    Darwin8u says: "The King of Boldness, Clearness, and Audacity"
  • Paris Letters | Janice MacLeod

    Paris Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Janice MacLeod
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    A few days into her stop in Paris, Janice meets Christophe, the cute butcher down the street - who doesn't speak English. Through a combination of sign language and Franglais, they embark on a whirlwind Paris romance. She soon realizes that she can never return to the world of twelve-hour workdays and greasy corporate lingo. But her dwindling savings force her to find a way to fund her dreams again.

    Stephanie says: "Enjoyable listen"
  • When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light under German Occupation, 1940-1944 | Ronald C. Rosbottom

    When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light under German Occupation, 1940-1944

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ronald C. Rosbottom
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    On June 14, 1940, German tanks entered a silent and nearly deserted Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation. Subsequently, an eerie sense of normalcy settled over the City of Light. Many Parisians keenly adapted themselves to the situation - even allied themselves with their Nazi overlords. At the same time, amidst this darkening gloom of German ruthlessness, shortages, and curfews, a resistance arose.

    gaillardia says: "Good but not great"
  • Paris Red | Maureen Gibbon

    Paris Red

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Maureen Gibbon
    • Narrated By Joan Maria Walters
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    Paris, 1862. A young girl in a threadbare dress and green boots, hungry for experience, meets the mysterious and wealthy artist Édouard Manet. The encounter will change her - and the art world - forever. At 17, Victorine Meurent abandons her old life to become immersed in the Parisian society of dance halls and cafés, meeting writers and artists like Baudelaire and Alfred Stevens.

  • A Paris Apartment | Michelle Gable

    A Paris Apartment

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michelle Gable
    • Narrated By Erin Moon, Saskia Maarleveld
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    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.

    Janels says: "Engrossing dramatization of an actual event"
  • Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel | Francine Prose

    Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Francine Prose
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Rosalind Ashford, Geoffrey Cantor, and others
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    Paris in the 1920s: It is a city of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club's loyal denizens, including the rising photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol, and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.

    Mel says: "A Spectrum of Acceptable Truths"
  • The Little Paris Bookshop | Nina George

    The Little Paris Bookshop

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nina George
    • Narrated By Ray Sawyer
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    On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop - or, rather, a 'literary apothecary', for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself. He has nursed a broken heart ever since the night, twenty-one years ago, when the love of his life fled Paris, leaving behind a handwritten letter that he has never dared read.

  • Paris to the Moon | Adam Gopnik

    Paris to the Moon

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Adam Gopnik
    • Narrated By Adam Gopnik
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    Paris. The name alone conjures images of chestnut-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafés, breathtaking façades around every corner: in short, an exquisite romanticism that has captured the American imagination for as long as there have been Americans.

    Scott Mattson says: "A romantic look at a American in Paris"
  • The Lost Generation: American Writers in Paris in the 1920s | Michael Shelden

    The Lost Generation: American Writers in Paris in the 1920s

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Shelden
    • Narrated By Michael Shelden
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    The Lost Generation from Professor Michael Shelden evokes one of the most creative periods in American literature. Paris of the 1920s served as a base for such authors as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein. In these lectures, Professor Shelden details and provides fresh insight into the unending allure of the Lost Generation - and of the literary output that exerts a continuing influence nearly a century later.

  • The Belly of Paris | Émile Zola,Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (translator)

    The Belly of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Émile Zola, Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (translator)
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Although it is little known in this country, The Belly of Paris is considered one of Émile Zola’s best novels. Set in the newly built food markets of Paris, it is a story of wealth and poverty set against a sumptuous banquet of food and commerce. Having just escaped from prison after being wrongfully accused, young Florent arrives at Paris’ food market, Les Halles, half starved, surrounded by all he can’t have, and indignant at his world, which he now knows to be unjust. He finds that the city’s working classes have been displaced to make way for bigger streets and bourgeois living quarters, so he settles in with his brother’s family.

  • Paris: A Love Story; a Memoir | Kati Marton

    Paris: A Love Story; a Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kati Marton
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
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    In this remarkably honest memoir, award-winning journalist and distinguished author Kati Marton presents an impassioned and romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss. Paris is at the heart of this deeply moving account. At every stage of her life, Paris offers Marton beauty and excitement, and now, after the sudden death of her husband, Richard Holbrooke, it offers a chance for a fresh beginning.

    glamazon says: "MLF: Must Love French"
  • The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City | David Lebovitz

    The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David Lebovitz
    • Narrated By David Drummond
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    Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood.

    Jennifer Sader says: "Great content, but it needs a different narrator"
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