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Recommended Audiobooks from France

Celebrate France on Bastille Day and every other day by listening to these great French books—a mix of classics and newer novels. They've been translated into English, so you don't have to speak the language to enjoy these listens!

Playlist Tags: audience: francophiles topic: france mood: wanderlust season: bastille day

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In Paris With You

By Clementine Beauvais
Narrated by: Ellie Heydon
Length: 4 hours 57 minutes

Because their story didn't end at the right time, in the right place,
because they let their feelings go to waste,
it was written, I think, that Eugene and Tatiana
would find each other
ten years later,
one morning in winter,
under terra firma
on the Meteor, Line 14 (magenta) of the
Paris
metro.

Eugene and Tatiana could have fallen in love. If things had... 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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The Cheffe

A Cook's Novel

By Marie NDiaye & Jordan Stump
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

From the celebrated French writer Marie NDiaye--Prix Goncourt-winning author of Three Strong Women--comes the story of the Cheffe: a woman who lives in the single-minded pursuit of creating incomparable culinary delights.

Born into poverty in southwestern France, as a teenager the Cheffe takes a job working for a wealthy couple in a neighboring... Read more »

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The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles

A Novel
A Joséphine Cortès Novel: Book #1

By Katherine Pancol, William Rodarmor & Helen Dickinson
Narrated by: Ellen Archer
Length: 11 hours 21 minutes

Le Divorce meets The Elegance of the Hedgehog in this hilariously entertaining mega-bestseller from France

When her chronically unemployed husband runs off to start a crocodile farm in Kenya with his mistress, Joséphine Cortès is left in an unhappy state of affairs. The mother of two—confident, beautiful teenage Hortense and shy, babyish Zoé—is... Read more »

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The Perfect Nanny

A Novel

By Leila Slimani
Narrated by: Finty Williams
Length: 5 hours 45 minutes

*One of the 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR of The New York Times Book Review*

*National Bestseller*


“A great novel . . . Incredibly engaging and disturbing . . . You read the entire novel knowing something terrible is coming. In that, Slimani has us in her thrall.” —Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

“A book . . ....
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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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Delicacy

A Novel

By David Foenkinos
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
Length: 5 hours 34 minutes

Natalie and François are the perfect couple, and perfectly happy. But after François dies suddenly, only seven years into their still blissful marriage, the widowed Natalie erects a fortress around her emotions into which no one can gain access. Until the most unlikely candidate appears: Markus, Natalie’s Swedish, geeky, and unassuming coworker. Read more »

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Vernon Subutex 1

A Novel
Vernon Subutex: Book #1

By Virginie Despentes & Frank Wynne
Narrated by: Christopher Harper
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

Arock and roll Zola”: short-listed for the International Man Booker Prize, a European bestseller, and the basis of a big-budget TV series

From the provocative writer and filmmaker Virginie Despentes comes volume one of her acclaimed trilogy of novels, Vernon Subutex—short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize. But who is Vernon... Read more »

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Social Purpose Annual Report

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The Age of Reinvention

A Novel

By Karine Tuil
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 11 hours 49 minutes

An international bestseller and finalist for the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award, The Age of Reinvention is a "suspenseful...Gatsby-esque odyssey...laced with provocative observations of prejudice, politics, and sexism" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Top Manhattan criminal defense attorney Sam Tahar seems to have it... Read more »

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Syndrome E

By Franck Thilliez & Mark Polizzotti
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Length: 13 hours 18 minutes

The classic police procedural meets cutting-edge science in this huge international bestseller. Already a runaway bestseller in France, Syndrome E tells the story of beleaguered detective Lucie Henebelle, whose old friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare—and violent—film from the 1950s. Embedded in... Read more »

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Suspended Sentences

Three Novellas

By Patrick Modiano & Mark Polizzotti
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot, Sean Runnette & Arthur Morey
Length: 6 hours 37 minutes

In this essential trilogyof novellas by the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, French authorPatrick Modiano reaches back in time, opening the corridors of memory andexploring the mysteries to be encountered there. Each novella in the volume—Afterimage, Suspended Sentences, and Flowersof Ruin—represents a sterling example of the... Read more »

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Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

By Agnes Martin-Lugand
Narrated by: Mia Barron
Length: 4 hours 46 minutes

Diane seems to have the perfect life. She is a wife, a mother, and the owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a cozy literary cafe in Paris. But when she suddenly loses her beloved husband and daughter in a tragic car accident, the world as she knows it instantly vanishes. Trapped and haunted by her memories, Diane retreats from friends... Read more »

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The End of Eddy

A Novel

By Édouard Louis & Michael Lucey
Narrated by: Graham Halstead
Length: 4 hours 24 minutes

An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy.

“Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again . . . Today I’m really gonna be a tough guy.” Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and... Read more »

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The Loyalties

A Novel

By Delphine de Vigan
Narrated by: Susannah Jones & Jay Ben Markson
Length: 3 hours 37 minutes

Adults are as lost as the children they should be protecting, as the lives of four people trapped in a conspiracy of silence hurtle toward a desperate and devastating act.
Twelve-year-old Théo and his friend Mathis have a secret. Their teacher, Hélène, suspects something is not right with Théo and becomes obsessed with rescuing him, casting... Read more »

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Ladivine

By Marie NDiaye
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 10 hours 27 minutes

On the first Tuesday of every month, Clarisse Rivière leaves her husband and young daughter and secretly takes the train to Bordeaux to visit her mother, Ladivine. Just as Clarisse's husband and daughter know nothing of Ladivine, Clarisse herself has hidden nearly every aspect of her adult life from this woman, whom she dreads and despises but... Read more »

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If Only It Were True Unabridged

By Marc Levy
Narrated by: Michael McGlone
Length: TBA

What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? What starts off as a dilemma that Arthur is faced with when he discovers Lauren in his apartment, becomes a heartwarming love story that's impossible to... 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 Prince

Looking for the "truth" of life from the perspective of children

By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Narrated by: Sound Rush
Length: 1 hours 47 minutes

Looking for the "truth" of life from the perspective of children

Fairy tales are the main medium for children to open their minds. Through the wonderful plots in fairy tales, children can spread their thinking and understand the world, and intuitively recognize beauty and ugliness, good and evil, good and bad. Therefore, when children read... Read more »

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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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After the Crash

A Novel

By Michel Bussi
Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
Length: 12 hours 14 minutes

After the Crash

“This old-fashioned crime novel by a French geography professor considers the miraculous survival of a three-month-old infant girl in an airplane crash in the Jura Mountains in which all perished -- including a second three-month-old baby. An 18-year struggle is unleashed between two rival sets of grandparents on opposite ends of the economic scale, one of which is accorded custody of the child. Does she really belong to that family? Is her brother really her brother? As the age of majority of the survivor approaches, the questions become more urgent and the private detective who has been on the case for 18 years tries to bring some closure.”

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