The Sweet Life in Paris
- Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City
- Narrated by: David Drummond
- Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-29-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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From learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men's footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David's story of how he came to fall in love with - and even understand - this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city.
When did he realize he had morphed into un vrai Parisien? It might have been when he found himself considering a purchase of men's dress socks with cartoon characters on them. Or perhaps the time he went to a bank with 135 euros in hand to make a 134-euro payment, was told the bank had no change that day, and thought it was completely normal. Or when he found himself dressing up to take out the garbage because he had come to accept that, in Paris, appearances and image mean everything.
The more than 50 original recipes, for dishes both savory and sweet, such as Pork Loin with Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze, Braised Turkey in Beaujolais Nouveau with Prunes, Bacon and Bleu Cheese Cake, Chocolate-Coconut Marshmallows, Chocolate Spice Bread, Lemon-Glazed Madeleines, and Mocha–Crème Fraîche Cake, will have listeners running to the kitchen once they stop laughing. The Sweet Life in Paris is a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.
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By Jennifer Sader on 09-22-12
Great content, but it needs a different narrator
I have only listened to part of the book, which I purchased on impulse without listening to the sample. The narrator's voice would be more suited to scientific or other scholarly content. His voice is reminiscent of a narrator from an educational program.
This book really could have used someone who had a more mellow and relaxed style, and who could pronounce French correctly. I'm feeling conflicted -- I am really interested in the content, but I'm not sure I can get through the rest of it.
From now on I will always, always listen to the sample before purchasing.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By Garyfmp on 08-15-14
Could not finish this audiobook
What disappointed you about The Sweet Life in Paris?
To many American phrases like "I made a bolt for the door" when he decided to leave a place, "slam dunk" etc etc
Would you ever listen to anything by David Lebovitz again?
No, probably best he sticks to cookbooks in my opinion
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Drummond?
Max Winter has a far more pleasurable voice but it would be wasted on this audiobook
What character would you cut from The Sweet Life in Paris?
Any additional comments?
If you have fallen in love with Paris and want a more moving nostalgic experience look for a different book