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My Life in France Audiobook

My Life in France

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Publisher's Summary

In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child's years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found "her true calling".

From the moment the ship docked in Le Havre in the fall of 1948 and Julia watched the well-muscled stevedores unloading the cargo to the first perfectly soigne meal that she and her husband, Paul, savored in Rouen en route to Paris, where he was to work for the USIS, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn't speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu.

After managing to get her degree despite the machinations of the disagreeable directrice of the school, Julia started teaching cooking classes herself, then teamed up with two fellow gourmettes, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, to help them with a book they were trying to write on French cooking for Americans. Throwing herself heart and soul into making it a unique and thorough teaching book, only to suffer several rounds of painful rejection, is part of the behind-the-scenes drama that Julia reveals with her inimitable gusto and disarming honesty.

This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia 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.

Le voici. Et bon appetit!

©2006 Alex Prud'Homme; (P)2006 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"This is a valuable record of gorgeous meals in bygone Parisian restaurants, and the secret arts of a culinary genius." (Publishers Weekly)

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    janateach Georgia 01-05-13
    janateach Georgia 01-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Wonderful!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved Julia's pluck! She is not afraid to do or try anything.


    What does Kimberly Farr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The pronunciations of the French words were lovely and helped me to expand my vocabulary.


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    Amazon Customer 11-15-12

    Rich

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    "A Delight, Poorly Handled"
    If you could sum up My Life in France in three words, what would they be?

    It's a pleasure, as you can imagine, to hear Julia Child share her experiences and love of France. How sad, then, to have a reader with no understanding of the French language. Her heavy handed pronunciation spoils this story. What a waste.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme ? Why or why not?

    Yes. The story is interesting and enjoyable.


    What didn’t you like about Kimberly Farr’s performance?

    See above. The reader is not up to the task. It is a challenge to even enjoy it. Why was she ever chosen?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Amazon Customer 10-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read if you love Julia"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Life in France to be better than the print version?

    I love audio books! I read more books now that I ever did - in the car, while walking, vacuuming, cooking.....


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    Christina Stanwood, WA, United States 09-25-12
    Christina Stanwood, WA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I love Julia Child even more now!!"
    Where does My Life in France rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a wonderful experience. Julia Child makes me want to cook!! The way she tells her story is so descriptive that I now long to go to France and live like she did. Definetely worth a listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ability of the listener to be transported to another time and place is wonderful


    What does Kimberly Farr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice with the fabulous french accent, I would have pronounced most things incorrectly in my head.


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    Kim Seville Grove, Australia 09-12-12
    Kim Seville Grove, Australia 09-12-12
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    "WHAT A GREAT SURPRISE"
    Would you listen to My Life in France again? Why?

    Yes, I know there will be parts, I will enjoy again, more than likely the entire book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was as if, Julia was talking to me, and me only.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first meal Julia cooked for Paul.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The US Governments investigation of Paul. REDS under the beds, gone mad.


    Any additional comments?

    My first approach, was that Julia must have been a spoilt individual. But, as you read the book, your opinion of Julia, as mind did, will change. Julia is up there with Steve Job's now. Steve's input to computers, Julia's input to French Cooking.

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    Kathleen San Francisco, CA 02-02-12
    Kathleen San Francisco, CA 02-02-12
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    "Mouthwateringly Delightful"

    Wine, food, and laughter. This book made me want to cook more, indulge in wine just a little, and laugh about the beauty of life. Julia Child has an amazing sense of humor and the ability to make her audience fall in love with cooking, as well as Paris (not that it was a hard sell). She has a wonderful attention to detail in her words and an enthusiastic love for life that shows in this book. Recommended whether you like to cook or not.

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    Penelope Jane 01-17-12
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    "Julia comes to life!"
    What made the experience of listening to My Life in France the most enjoyable?

    I learned more about Julia Child and her lovely husband. I found the first person presentation entertaining - Julia came alive for me! I enjoyed her exclamations too (e.g. 'Phew' etc!)


    Would you ever listen to anything by Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme again?

    Absolutely! I found the contextualising of their lives in post-war Europe fascinating to listen to, and I learned a lot too about that time period and US-French relations.


    What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

    Narrator Kimberley Farr's performance is entertaining and her French pronunciation is perfect.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it wasn't that sort of book! However I was thoroughly intrigued and entertained all the way through!


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a keen cook, but listening to Julia Child's enthusiastic recounting of recipes and food makes me want to master the art of French cuisine myself!

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    leslie Brooklyn, NY, United States 08-28-11
    leslie Brooklyn, NY, United States 08-28-11
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    "Fantastic and Inspiring"

    I really loved this audiobook. The narrator was excellent and brought to life Julia Child's excitement about cooking and life in France. I was amazed to learn that at age 36 she started cooking seriously, and learned french even later in life. I am not a cook myself, but felt inspired by her creativity, focus and determination. Julia was an eternal optimist but had a sharp and hilarious tongue. Can't recommend it enough.

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    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 11-18-10
    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 11-18-10

    I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.

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    "Can I trade places with her?"

    Not that I want to be dead.... but... what a great book! So..... I decide to go to go off the Paris for 7 weeks, and which books would serve me best? I ended up taking this one (on Audible... too bad Julia Child didn't narrate the book her self... but you can't have everything). It's equally enchanting as she gets rapturous about cheese or a fish market, and equally funny as she tussles with her co-authors. I am a Parisian trained chef, so Julia Child has ALWAYS been my hero and I loved her TV show when I was growing up for the unconscious flirtations she had with disaster (if part of it falls on the floor, just pick it up and continue on... no one will know!) and her gawkiness and her charm and wit. If you like food, or how to get a book published, or France (I happen to like all three) read it! It's very good and the movie DID NOT do it justice. As the French would say... Oh La La. (And I was just there...and not one single French person who I asked knew who she was!) It would be good to know a little French, but not as important to know as much (Spanish) if you were reading Comac McCarthy... so don't let the minuscule amount of French throw you off. It's just a great book.

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    A. Baker Amsterdam, Netherlands 09-13-10
    A. Baker Amsterdam, Netherlands 09-13-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Loved it"

    I've listened to this one twice. I loved it both times. I think the writing is great and the reader is incredible. The voices on these audio books don't always match the writing. This is a perfect blend. Child's stories about her time in France took me away. It's very romantic and the stories are beautifully told. I especially love the way she talks about food and the occasional French word thrown in. Very highly recommended.

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