Parisians

An Adventure History of Paris

By Graham Robb; Simon Vance (Read by)
(Tantor Media Inc, Compact Disc, 9781400117109)

Publication Date: May 2010

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Description
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 Boheme," 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.



About the Author
Graham Robb is the author of three prize-winning biographies, each one selected as New York Times Best Books. His most recent works, The Discovery of France and Parisians, have earned several awards and much acclaim between them. He lives on the Anglo-Scottish border.

SIMON VANCE is a prolific and popular audiobook narrator and actor with several hundred audiobooks to his credit. An Audie(r) Award-winner, Vance was recently named "The Voice of Choice" by "Booklist" magazine.


Praise For Parisians

"Simon Vance narrates the history with an eloquent British-accented voice that leaves room for human moments and humor.... The strong sense of place in Robb's descriptions may make listeners feel like they're visiting the City of Lights." ---AudioFile

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