An Adventure History of Paris
Publication Date: May 2010
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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.
Simon Vance is the critically acclaimed narrator of approximately 400 audiobooks, winner of 27 "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, and a 12-time Audie Award-winner. He won an Audie in 2006 in the category of Science Fiction and was named the 2011 Best Voice in Biography and History and in 2010 Best Voice in Fiction by "AudioFile" magazine.
Vance has been a narrator for the past 25 years, and also worked for many years as a BBC Radio presenter and newsreader in London. Some of his best-selling and most praised audiobook performances include Stieg Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, " Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up the Bodies "(an Audie award-winner), Ian Fleming's "Casino Royale", Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray", Patrick O'Brian's "Master and Commander" series (all 21 titles), the new productions of Frank Herbert's original "Dune" series, and Rob Gifford's "China Road" (an "AudioFile" 2007 Book of the Year). Vance lives near San Francisco with his wife and two sons.