The Streets of Paris

A Guide to the City of Light Following in the Footsteps of Famous Parisians Throughout History
Narrated by: Christa Lewis
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Travel & Tourism, Europe
4.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Hidden Gardens of Paris, The Streets of Paris is Susan Cahill's wonderfully unique guide to present-day Paris following in the footsteps of famous Parisians through the last 800 years.

For hundreds of years, the City of Light has set the stage for larger-than-life characters-from medieval lovers Heloïse and Abelard to the defiant King Henri IV to the brilliant scientist Madame Curie, beloved chanteuse Edith Piaf, and the writer Colette. In this book, Susan Cahill recounts the lives of 22 famous Parisians and then takes you through the seductive streets of Paris to the quartiers where they lived and worked: their homes, the scenes of their greatest triumphs and tragedies, their favorite cafes, bars, and restaurants, and the off-the-beaten-track places where they found inspiration and love.  

From Sainte-Chapelle on the Ile de la Cite to the cemetery Pere Lachaise to Montmartre and the Marais, Cahill not only brings to life the bold characters of a tumultuous history and the arts of painting, music, sculpture, film, and literature, she takes you on a relaxed walking tour in the footsteps of these celebrated Parisians.

©2017 susan Cahill (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Hannah
  • 10-27-20

Get a better reader!

This is a guidebook. The reader has tried hard to get a perfect accent but there should have been a native speaker in the studio because there are a few repeated errors (such as saint and sainte being pronounced ‘son’) that get on your nerves. I quit listening because of this.

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  • Kirsty
  • 09-11-19

I Love Paris!

I found out things I didn't know and relived memories of visits past. But the narration almost sent me to sleep, delivered without animation, and in flat tones. So jarring and really detracted from the text.