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The Sweet Life in Paris

Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City
Narrated by: David Drummond
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood. But he soon discovered it's a different world en France.

From learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men's footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David's story of how he came to fall in love with - and even understand - this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city.

When did he realize he had morphed into un vrai Parisien? It might have been when he found himself considering a purchase of men's dress socks with cartoon characters on them. Or perhaps the time he went to a bank with 135 euros in hand to make a 134-euro payment, was told the bank had no change that day, and thought it was completely normal. Or when he found himself dressing up to take out the garbage because he had come to accept that, in Paris, appearances and image mean everything.

The more than 50 original recipes, for dishes both savory and sweet, such as Pork Loin with Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze, Braised Turkey in Beaujolais Nouveau with Prunes, Bacon and Bleu Cheese Cake, Chocolate-Coconut Marshmallows, Chocolate Spice Bread, Lemon-Glazed Madeleines, and Mocha–Crème Fraîche Cake, will have listeners running to the kitchen once they stop laughing. The Sweet Life in Paris is a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.

©2009 David Lebovitz (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"David Lebovitz is the greatest thing to happen to dessert since the spoon, but this time he shows that beyond his artful nose and flawless taste, he also has a keen reporter's eye." (Mort Rosenblum, author of The Secret Life of the Seine)

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Great content, but it needs a different narrator

I have only listened to part of the book, which I purchased on impulse without listening to the sample. The narrator's voice would be more suited to scientific or other scholarly content. His voice is reminiscent of a narrator from an educational program.

This book really could have used someone who had a more mellow and relaxed style, and who could pronounce French correctly. I'm feeling conflicted -- I am really interested in the content, but I'm not sure I can get through the rest of it.

From now on I will always, always listen to the sample before purchasing.

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This narrator.....

Giving this 3 stars bc the book is ok, but good Lord whoever chose the narrator was dead wrong. This guy needs to narrate instruction manuals. It's too bad

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The narrator

The narrator is why i want to return this book. His voice, tone, manner of speech shows he has no idea about the world he is speaking of.

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I Want to live in Paris

I have been in love with the French language since high school and continued with language classes in college. Is it any wonder I have been in love with Paris for the fashions, food, culture, art, and history. This book had me laughing and smiling and I could hardly wait to hear more. I have been to Paris three times and have fantasizes about living there someday. This account of living in Paris rang true with brilliant examples from the author 's life. Each chapter told a different aspect of living in Paris, while at the same time worked in sync with references from a previous chapter. I loved this audio book.

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Eye-opening peek into Paris

Thorough and believable. Experienced several of his examples first hand. Still a great city to visit, but better equipped from now on.

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Fun listen

I found this most entertaining to listen to. Having been to France it brings back some fond memories. I would have perfered a more relaxed reader but aftwr a while I got used to him. Perfect for relaxing while driving, cooking, or doing light chores.

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Very good

So funny. I really liked the stories of live in Paris. Thank you for sharing.

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cute book.

such a fun read. mus read for foodies or if you are planning and trip to France

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An American Chef in Paris

Another entertaining story of a US. citizen feeling disdain and at the same time fascinated by the French people.

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Enjoyable glimpse into an American in Paris

This book is a lovely telling of David Libovitz's story as he is getting used to a permanent life in Paris. As dreamers, we all wonder what it would be like to move to a different place permanently and often, probably overlook the trials and tribulations that you have to go through when doing so. Cultural differences seem much bigger when you look through the eyes of a resident, not just a tourist. David brought plenty of funny and heartwarming stories about his adventures. I am just left wanting a bit more - I felt the book was a bit short. Regardless, what is there is wonderful and I'm sure that you will enjoy it.

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  • Garyfmp
  • 08-15-14

Could not finish this audiobook

What disappointed you about The Sweet Life in Paris?

To many American phrases like "I made a bolt for the door" when he decided to leave a place, "slam dunk" etc etc

Would you ever listen to anything by David Lebovitz again?

No, probably best he sticks to cookbooks in my opinion

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Drummond?

Max Winter has a far more pleasurable voice but it would be wasted on this audiobook

What character would you cut from The Sweet Life in Paris?

The writer

Any additional comments?

If you have fallen in love with Paris and want a more moving nostalgic experience look for a different book