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How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are

Love, Style, and Bad Habits
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (350 ratings)
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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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Okay book, but not as audiobook

It is hard to get into with the audiobook format. There are lists, recipes, quick stories and more that lends itself to being a book you skim through, not listen to it its entirety.

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  • MCG
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awful. so boring

snore. just a bunch of insanely stupid "advice" which is really just tips on things you don't really care about.

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Great book with deliciously wicked humor!

I loved this book. It was interesting to listen to and contained wickedly funny humor.

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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.