Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

Graham Robb, Author, Simon Vance, Read by
Graham Robb, read by Simon Vance, Tantor Media, unabridged, 11 CDs, 14 hrs., $34.99 ISBN 978-1-4001-1710-9
Reviewed on: 07/26/2010
Release date: 05/01/2010
Paperback - 476 pages - 978-0-393-33973-4
Open Ebook - 476 pages - 978-0-393-07928-9
Compact Disc - 978-1-4001-4710-6
MP3 CD - 978-1-4001-6710-4
Hardcover - 475 pages - 978-0-393-06724-8 - 978-0-393-06724-8
Paperback - 480 pages - 978-0-330-52219-9
Hardcover - 475 pages - 978-0-330-45244-1
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-61587-467-5
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This audiobook version of Graham Robb's volume of strange-but-true Parisian narratives offers listeners a fascinating history that is frequently encumbered by heavy-handed, often overblown narration from Simon Vance. Robb offers a series of bizarre tales that touch on everything from the first sexual experience of Napoleon Bonaparte to the creation of the Catacombes de Paris, but Vance narrates as if all of Parisian history is weighing on him: his reading is too grand, overly inflated, and pompous, his French accent frequently fails to ring true, and it simply sounds as if he is trying too hard to narrate what should have been an intriguing and charming audiobook. A Norton hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 1). (May)
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