The Parisians

Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (489 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Paris, 1940. The Nazis have occupied the city - and the Ritz. The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses.

For American Olivia Olsen, working as a chambermaid at the hotel means denying her nationality and living a lie, every day bringing the danger of discovery closer. When Hitler’s right-hand man moves in and makes her his pet, she sees an opportunity to help the Resistance - and draw closer to Jack, her contact, whose brusque instructions may be a shield for something more...

Within the hotel, famed designer Coco Chanel quickly learns that the new regime could work to her benefit, while Arletty, one of France’s best-loved actresses, shocks those around her - and herself - with a forbidden love.

But as the war reaches its terrible end, all three women learn the true price of their proximity to the enemy. For in the shadow of war, is anyone truly safe?

©2019 Marius Gabriel. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Not another WWII Book

This book was about the characters and their struggles and their amazing tenacity while WWII was going on in the background. Some very interesting takes on collaboration and occupation I haven’t read before. Even without the interesting characters and plot, I liked this authors prose and the narrator did an excellent job!

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Another great book by Marius Gabriel

I chose this book because I loved The Ocean Liner and The Designer. This was another winner. Interesting characters and a great performance by Karissa Vacker. I was sad for the book to end. I highly recommend this one.

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I’ll never look at Chanel the same.

Good story showing how cruel the nazis were but what bothered me the most was the collaboration of rich famous French people with the nazis People were being starved to death and coco and Arletty were dining on pheasant in wine sauce and asparagus and three kinds of wine with their German Nazi lovers They got off VERY easy too I felt like the author glorified these people. He certainly didn’t condemn it Wonder what his people did during www2

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Performance annoying

The narrator constantly taking deep, loud breaths numerous times during each sentence was extremely annoying, she takes 'breathy' to a new level. it was do annoying I could not complete the hook even though I am a fan of the author. What a waste!!!

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Detailed, intriguing, hopeful

This was a very complex story of Paris as it fell under Nazi rule. Brave people have their lives to be free. Excellent

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Horrible performance

Couldn’t get past chapter 2. Narrator sounded silly and constantly took gasping breaths. Was really looking forward to this book, so guess I’ll read the print version.

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Equal parts history and romance

The best thing about this story are the discriptions of Paris during the Nazi occupation. The author did a decent job of incorporating real people into the narrative. The fictional characters were pretty much stereotypes. Great narration; she was excellent with the variety of accents.

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Fantastic !

One of my favorite WW2 novels. Be sure to listen to the end notes; they surprised me. The narration was excellent. Highly recommended.

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Reason for gay sex

That seems to be what the Paris backdrop is for. This was truly an awful book.

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Unfortunately, not as good as I anticipated ...

I did like the fact that this book was a mixture of historically correct events and people, mixed with various other characters. Thank Goodness for Coco Chanel and Arletty! Those two women made the book worthwhile reading.The novel has a little bit of everything. It’s a general love story that includes collaborators, resistance fighters and spys in occupied Paris. At times I found it tedious and boring. At other times it was engrossing. I honestly can't recommend this book.

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  • Ms. Susannah Scott
  • 02-16-19

Excellent

Brilliant story had me hooked well
Into the small hours - great narration too.
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  • Simon
  • 07-09-19

it was fine

it was alright, it killed some time at work. story was predictable but bit badly written, some things seemed pointless to the story and didn't go anywhere but as I say it was fine. Narrator was bad though, her German accent was Irish somehow? and when she was talking in her own American accent it was irritating.

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  • Nicki John
  • 06-26-19

Wonderful, harrowing, romantic & educational!

The narrator was totally wonderful, with a variety of very believable accents, taking you on a journey to Paris amidst the beginning of WW2.

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  • Clair
  • 06-04-19

An interesting read

Overall the reading is good but was spoiled for me by the constant mispronunciation of French words. Surely Ms Vacker could have taken the trouble to learn them given she does a good job of giving each character a voice. It may seem a small thing but it breaks a listener’s concentration ‘a deux’ was pronounced as ‘a doux’ for instance.
The story overall was good, the characters believable and the interweaving of well-known historic personages contributed to the enjoyment. The background was well-researched.

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  • miss lj lawley
  • 05-06-19

Excellent story telling

This is the first book I have listened to by this author & I have added their other books into my wish list & hope they are as good as this was.

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  • Kenneth J Tyrrell
  • 05-01-19

Poor narration

This lady’s voice is dreadful. The English language absolutely slaughtered. It spoiled my enjoyment of an otherwise excellent story.