• The Streets of Paris

  • A Guide to the City of Light Following in the Footsteps of Famous Parisians Throughout History
  • By: Susan Cahill
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (15 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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Loved it.

What a great way to learn about the history of Paris, through many eras and characters, including many women. Wonderfully narrated. I was so entranced with this book that I bought the printed version as well in order to ring every bit of information out of this unique book.

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I feel there should be a pdf.

This book while interesting, I think would be better appreciated as a physical book that can show you pictures and maps. Unless you are quite familiar with the lay out of streets in Paris you’ll likely be lost when it comes to the locations. I’d be more interested if I could actually know where these things are but finding it on a map while trying to listen, pause, rewind, and figure out is not an enjoyable listening experience. Maybe I’ll give it another go once I study a map of the city for a long time. An accompanying pdf that had a map and pictures for each section would make it more enjoyable.

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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.