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This is a great book for people who enjoy history, Paris and live somewhere other than where they come from.
It reminds of how people use to know everyone on their street. In this day and age people seem to hardly know the people they live with much less people on their street.
I will be visiting this street the next time in Paris.
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I listened all the way through, but I was continually uncompelled and uninspired. It felt a lot like a high school English paper with a smattering of random facts, sometimes offered in great excess with not enough of a story to bind it all together, nor with sufficient flow. Although I don't drink this could make for a lethal drinking game. Simply take a shot every time Rue Des Martyrs is said. Spoiler alert, you'll be completely inebriated every few pages.
It's clear that the author loves this street and is genuinely interested in its history and people, but it just never got interesting for me. I had to slog through every bit of it. There were vast sections of facts that just weren't enjoyable to listen to. My more well-read significant other said "wow, this is quite self-indulgent" and also "why do you hate yourself?" when I said that I had to finish it. The book does seem self-indulgent, though I deny self-hatred as the basis for finishing the book. I was hoping to broaden my audio book horizons. I committed to the full experience. For me it was far too unstimulating.
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