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Publisher's Summary

From four stunning and accomplished French women - at last - a fresh and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne: how they dress, entertain, have fun, and attempt to behave themselves.

In short, frisky sections, these Parisian women give you their very original views on style, beauty, culture, attitude, and men. The authors - Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas - unmarried but attached, with children - have been friends for years. Talented bohemian iconoclasts with careers in the worlds of music, film, fashion, and publishing, they are untypically frank and outspoken as they debunk the myths about what it means to be a French woman today. Letting you in on their secrets and flaws, they also make fun of their complicated, often contradictory feelings and behavior. They admit to being snobs, a bit self-centered, unpredictable but not unreliable. Bossy and opinionated, they are also tender and romantic.

You will be taken on a first date, to a party, to some favorite haunts in Paris, to the countryside, and to one of their dinners at home with recipes even you could do - but to be out with them is to be in for some mischief and surprises. They will tell you how to be mysterious and sensual, look natural, make your boyfriend jealous, and how they feel about children, weddings, and going to the gym. And they will share their address book in Paris for where to go: at the end of the night, for a birthday, for a smart date, a hangover, for vintage finds, and much more.

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Arewill make you laugh as you slip into their shoes to become bold and free and tap into your inner cool.

©2014 Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, and Sophie Mas (P)2014 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Four whip-smart, successful French women poke fun at the stereotypes of the 'Parisienne' and give genuine beauty and lifestyle tips, recipes, and fashion dos and dont's.... De Maigret's photography and a witty, wise, often tongue-in-cheek delivery puts the reader on a sure path to achieving the French femme’s je ne sais quoi." ( Publisher’s Weekly)
"You don’t have to be French to be a Parisian." (Karl Lagerfeld)
"Very, very funny. While reading, I actually felt chicer, wittier, and très Parisienne. I was laughing out loud by the end." (Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes and The Debutante Divorcée)

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Superb!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! It was full of delicious moments and typically French madly wonderful antidotes for every day life! Throughly enjoyed it.

What did you like best about this story?

All of it!

What did you learn from How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are that you would use in your daily life?

I already am, however one can always add more to their little book of ideas.

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Perfection.

"The Parisienne already knows what she must think: the opposite of what you think, no matter what." I loved it

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A Delightful Read!

I especially enjoyed the voice of Carrington MacDuffie. Each of the small chapters were randomly organized which made the book even more interesting. I loved it!

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LOVE this book, now listening for the second time.

What did you love best about How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are?

It is easy to follow, the reader fits the book perfectly and I love all the information in the book. It is like listening to talk radio, something I could listen to several times over and still learn something new.

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Keep on searching ...

Pass, pass, pass. Do not waste your time, money, or credits on this one. Many better books out there highlighting the Parisian lifestyle and mindset.

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Made me want the actual Book!

It's fun, with a touch of history and a few subtle jokes that the authors make, poking fun of themselves and the "Parisian woman." It also contained some french recipes too! Also, I personally enjoyed Carrington MacDuffie's calming tone of voice and clearness when speaking in french. If you want something light and feel good, this is a perfect choice!

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Best narrator ever

This was such an enjoyable listen. Apart from the text being entertaining, light, and very funny at times, the narrator just took it to the next level. Very very entertaining and dynamic.

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Best French style book ever

The writing is funny and informative
Nothing like hearing it from the French themselves ! Lovely

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Simplistic and trite - full of stereotypes only

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something a bit more educated

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carrington MacDuffie?

sounded too mature for such simplistic writing

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some generalizations in this book are widely known and they are attached to history and culture itself. That is why they stand true. Other generalizations noted in the book just were not correct for all or french women I know and made french women appear dumb only pretending to impress others even when the author claims they don't try to do that. Terrible writing and the author tried too hard to be poetic in her descriptions...Perhaps in an attempt to be humorous she picked complex descriptions for idiotic behaviors (generalized as universal in France) but she failed miserably and only made me ffwd to the next idiotic behavior described in the book. "Entre Nous" was a complete different take on the French and it was truly entertaining

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not worth it

this book makes all Parisian women sound ridiculous, shallow, and massively bitchy.

while some sections are entertaining, others are about cheating on your significant other (‘everyone does it!’), how most Parisians don’t get married (because WHY would you commit yourself to just one person? and if you do bother to get married, don’t invite your family or his, that’s not what Parisians do), and talks about how hard you have to try to look effortless.

massively disappointed. would definitely not recommend.