Parisians An adventure history of Paris

Graham Robb, 1958-

Sound recording - 2010

Napoleon Bonaprate, Marie Antoinette, Baudelaire, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Boheme, Proust, Charles de Gaulle-- these and many more are Robb's cast of characters in a series of stories about the Paris you never knew.

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[Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Media c2010.
Library ed
Item Description
Title from container.
Unabridged recording of the book published in 2010.
Physical Description
11 compact discs (14 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Main Author
Graham Robb, 1958- (-)
Other Authors
Simon Vance (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

This audiobook version of Graham Robb's volume of strange-but-true Parisian narratives offers listeners a fascinating history that is frequently encumbered by heavy-handed, often overblown narration from Simon Vance. Robb offers a series of bizarre tales that touch on everything from the first sexual experience of Napoleon Bonaparte to the creation of the Catacombes de Paris, but Vance narrates as if all of Parisian history is weighing on him: his reading is too grand, overly inflated, and pompous, his French accent frequently fails to ring true, and it simply sounds as if he is trying too hard to narrate what should have been an intriguing and charming audiobook. A Norton hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 1). (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Reveals the historical secrets of the City of Light from the French Revolution to the present, including how Marie Antoinette was unable to flee the city because she lacked a reliable map.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction.A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course. Later that night, Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual encounter. An aristocratic woman, fleeing the Louvre, takes a wrong turn and loses her way in the nameless streets of the Left Bank. For want of a map-there were no reliable ones at the time-Marie-Antoinette will go to the guillotine. Baudelaire, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Bohème, Proust, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of having faked an assassination attempt on himself in Notre Dame)-these and many more make up Robb's cast of characters. The result is a resonant, intimate history with the power of a great novel.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The secrets of the City of Light, revealed in the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten-by the author of the acclaimed The Discovery of France.