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  • Ooh La La!

  • French Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day
  • By: Jamie Cat Callan
  • Narrated by: Laura Darrell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49

French women seem to have a special knack for life's most important things - food, love, raising children. And in matters of beauty and style, they appear to be at an unfair advantage. But the good news is that everything French women know can be learned...French women are not born more attractive than anyone else. They simply learn at a very young age how to feel beautiful, confident, and sexy, inside and out. It's an allure that outlasts youth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Shallow reflections from a poor writer

  • By Matthew on 05-30-14

Shallow reflections from a poor writer

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-14

Would you try another book from Jamie Cat Callan and/or Laura Darrell?

Good God no. I tried to make it through to the very end, but was losing brain cells too rapidly.

What was most disappointing about Jamie Cat Callan’s story?

Trying to draw "lessons" out of weak observations, then dressing up her writing with saccharine and overly dramatic conclusions to each chapter.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Laura Darrell?

I'm not well-versed on book narrators and who should be reading what, but I was unhappy with the narration in the book. It could be, however, that Darrell did such a stellar job channeling the author's adolescent-like flare for the dramatic that I has to stop listening. The voice and intonations were too grating.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ooh La La!?

I'll give Callan this- there are about 20 cumulative minutes of interesting material in this 8 hour book, but the majority of the writing is the author's reflections on any and everything, making this book reading more like an overly loquacious diary with little substance. It's clear that there was little copy editing done on the writing, to the point where multiple times throughout this book, I wondered if it was self-published.

Any additional comments?

I understand that a book with "Ooh la la" in the title is not likely to be overly enlightening, and I bought this for a "fluff" read, since I enjoyed Lessons from Madame Chic. This book was just too poorly constructed to keep my attention.

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