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Books Set in France

Armchair-travel to a beautiful country with these books, a mix of classics and more modern books.

Playlist Tags: genre: Fiction & Literature audience: travelers audience: francophiles topic: in translation topic: france mood: wanderlust

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Anna and the French Kiss

By Stephanie Perkins
Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
Length: 10 hours 25 minutes

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a... Read more »

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Suite Francaise

By Irene Nemirovsky
Narrated by: Daniel Oreskes & Barbara Rosenblat
Length: 13 hours 12 minutes

By the early l940s, when Ukrainian-born Irène Némirovsky began working on what would become Suite Française—the first two parts of a planned five-part novel—she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz: a month later she was dead at the age of... Read more »

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The Little Paris Bookshop

A Novel

By Nina George
Narrated by: Steve West, Emma Bering & Cassandra Campbell
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”
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Sarah's Key

By Tatiana de Rosnay
Narrated by: Polly Stone
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is... Read more »

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The Red and the Black

By Stendhal
Narrated by: Davina Porter
Length: 20 hours 4 minutes

Handsome and ambitious, Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble peasant origins and make something of his life-by adopting the code of hypocrisy by which his society operates. Julien ultimately commits a crime-out of passion, principle, or insanity-that will bring about his downfall. The Red and the Black is a lively, satirical... Read more »

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Lunch in Paris

A Love Story, with Recipes

By Elizabeth Bard
Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
Length: 7 hours 43 minutes

In Paris for a weekend visit, Elizabeth Bard sat down to lunch with a handsome Frenchman—and never went home again.

Was it love at first sight? Or was it the way her knife slid effortlessly through her pavé au poivre, the steak's pink juices puddling into the buttery pepper sauce? Lunch in Paris is a memoir about a young American woman caught up... Read more »

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Swann's Way

Translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff
In Search of Lost Time: Book #1

By Marcel Proust
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 22 hours

-Includes an exclusive interview with Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at CUNY Swann's Way is the first and best-known part of Proust's monumental work, Remembrance of Things Past. Often compared to a symphony, this complex masterpiece is ideally suited for audio. Listening lets you appreciate... Read more »

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Les Miserables

By Victor Hugo & Charles E. Wilbour
Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
Length: 57 hours 50 minutes

Set in the Parisian underworld of the early nineteenth century, Les Miserables follows the adventures of Jean Valjean, once an honest peasant, who spent nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened and bitter criminal upon his release, Valjean is transformed when an act of compassion by a... Read more »

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The Red Notebook

By Antoine Laurain
Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Length: 3 hours 37 minutes

The Red Notebook

“On one of his early morning walks around his Paris neighborhood bookshop owner Laurent finds a woman's bag left by a trash bin, nothing is left in it but a signed Modiano novel and a red notebook, with no name in it. Determined to find the owner of the bag Laurent breaks from his unadventurous life and follows the clues he finds in the notebook. Though it isn't long Laurain lets us in on the lives of two very human characters. He also explores how our personalities form the way we spend our lives.... or is it how we live our lives informs who we are? If you love bookshops, Paris, and beautiful language this is for you.”

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P.S. from Paris

A Novel

By Marc Levy & Sam Taylor
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Length: 6 hours 45 minutes

From Marc Levy, the most-read French author alive today, comes a modern-day love story between a famous actress hiding in Paris and a bestselling writer lying to himself. They knew their friendship was going to be complicated, but love—and the City of Lights—just might find a way.

On the big screen, Mia plays a woman in love. But in real life,... Read more »

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

By Muriel Barbery
Narrated by: Cassandra Morris & Barbara Rosenblat
Length: 9 hours 34 minutes

An enchanting New York Times and international bestseller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

Renée Michel is the 54-year-old concierge of a luxury Paris apartment building. Her... Read more »

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