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Publisher's Summary

Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him. After the presidential party has gone, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand’s black felt hat has been left behind. After a few moments’ soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It’s a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel somehow...different.
Winner: Prix Relay des Voyageurs, Laureat 2012
©2013 Gallic Books (P)2013 Gallic Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amber on 10-25-13

You need this book. I need that hat.

This was my book club's read this month and I have to say that I wasn't too eager to read this. I thought it sounded kind of silly and thought it wouldn't be my type of book. What a nice surprise to find out that I was wrong. I thought this book was awesome. It was unique and whimsical. The story takes place in France in the 1980s. If you read the book's description you'll see that President Francois Mitterrand leaves his black felt hat in a Parisian brasserie. Daniel Mercier, an accountant, who happens to be eating dinner at a table next to Mitterrand notices the hat. Being a bit starstruck, Daniel Mercier picks it up and keeps it for himself. This action completely changes Daniel Mercier's life. I don't want to spoil such a cool story, so I will just say that the hat takes the reader on an interesting journey. For such a short book, Laurain knows how to paint descriptions of characters, food, smells, etc., in such a intelligent and concise way that I haven't encountered before. He describes things perfectly and then he moves along. The narration was spot on and I really enjoyed listening to all the French words and accents. It was an added bonus that I feel that the reader would miss out on by just reading the book. Suffice it to say, I will be looking out for more books from Antoine Laurain in the future.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Robin on 10-28-16

A really smart plot

Such a clever story, and well narrated! My only issue with this book is that I wish it had been longer. Well worth an Audible credit, even though it might seem unremarkable from the synopsis.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth B. on 09-22-16

Couldn't hold my attention

What would have made The President's Hat better?

Probably being French, as a non French person I didn't really appreciate why it would be so exciting to steal the presidents hat, I guess when your country has a queen, presidents aren't that important.

Has The President's Hat put you off other books in this genre?

No I might try others

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrators read very clearly although a bit flat at times.

What character would you cut from The President's Hat?

I'm afraid I didn't listen to it all as I found it boring so couldn't answer this question.

Any additional comments?

There was far to much boring details, I Really don't need to know every movement a waiter made while opening a bottle or the number of the train they were waiting for, maybe someone who is interested in train numbers would find it fascinating!

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Gemma M. on 05-04-18


Loved the story and great readers but would have been more immersive with French accents.

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