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Publisher's Summary

Swapping his native San Francisco for the City of Light, travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris in 1986 on a one-way ticket, his head full of romantic notions. Curiosity and the legs of a cross-country runner propelled him daily from an unheated, seventh-floor walk-up garret near the Champs-Élysées to the old Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani, the tombs of Père-Lachaise cemetery, the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens, and the aristocratic Île Saint-Louis midstream in the Seine.

Downie wound up living in the chic Marais district, married to the Paris-born American photographer Alison Harris, an equally incurable walker and chronicler. Ten books and a quarter-century later, he still spends several hours every day rambling through Paris and writing about the city he loves. An irreverent, witty romp featuring thirty-one short prose sketches of people, places, and daily life, Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light ranges from the glamorous to the least-known corners and characters of the world's favorite city.

©2011 David Downie (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Tucson
  • 07-11-14

Great preparation for a trip to Paris

Where does Paris, Paris rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is among the best.

What other book might you compare Paris, Paris to and why?

A combination of personal memoir by someone who has lived in and loved Paris for years and well-researched information about the city, It is much more satisfying and interesting than a conventional guidebook. I will listen to it again before my next trip, as I didn't have time to get to most of the very interesting places he talked about.

What about Max Winter’s performance did you like?

It was natural and easy to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

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Didn't listen to much

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This might be a book that's better read. I'd rather go to Paris myself. Didn't do it for me. But maybe I will dip into it again.

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Pretentious and repetitive.

There's some good information here but the writer's pretensions- mocking the people who bring gentrification (of whom he is one) and detesting contemporary architecture -- get tedious. Also, he repeated himself constantly.

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bad info, bad narrator. hard to listen to.

this is very hard to listen to due to the monotony and bordom that ensues in chapter 1.

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when you're longing for Paris...

when you're longing for Paris and can't find the time to go there close your eyes and listen your way through the most beautiful city on earth

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  • Amazon Customer jo
  • 08-15-17

Had to stop listening and buy Kindle edition.

The narrator's terrible pronunciation was too much to bear so I bought the Kindle edition.

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  • Eddie
  • 12-04-16

Nostalgic for previous visitors

What did you like most about Paris, Paris?

Very delightful to 'visit' Paris through the audiobook to relive some of my fond memories there. Wish the book is longer!

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  • Garyfmp
  • 08-19-14

Beautifully written and narrated

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I felt like I was back in Paris listening to a friend speaking to me in a cafe about this beautiful city.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author - due to his style of relaying what he observes in a humble and passionate way.

Which character – as performed by Max Winter – was your favourite?

The author and his story. Max Winter has a warm mellifluous voice that in my opinion perfectly matched the cadence of David Downie's beautiful prose. I normally speed up the narration but due to his pleasant voice I decided to leave the setting at normal speed. He also has a pleasant pronunciation of french words.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last chapter when he mentioned "....I am unfailingly enchanted by the view from Trocadero of the Seine and the sparkling Eiffel tower".......

Any additional comments?

Lots of interesting information that you don't normally read in the usual tourist books so now looking forward to going back to Paris.....again!