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Paris, Paris:
Journey into the City of Light

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In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this audiobook for free in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post
as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
Paris, Paris:
Journey into the City of Light
By
David Downie
Narrated by Max Winter

Pub. Date: 2011
By Blackstone Audio
Duration:  9:58 hours

ISBN of the paperback:
978-0307886088

Genre: Nonfiction/Travel
Source:
Audiobook Jukebox

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Recently, I complained about major editing problems in some books I recently read. Thanks to those of you who took time to share your thoughts on the matter.

Today, here I am again complaining, this time on narrators.

Here is an excerpt of my review, related to the audiobook production:

It started not too badly, but then I started noticing more and more weird ways of pronouncing French names. Honestly, if you are going to narrate professionally a book on Paris, aren’t you going to check with natives how to pronounce famous subway stations for instance, or Parisian neighborhoods? And be consistent about it? Why le Marais [the correct pronunciation rimes with the way Americans talk about valET parking] should suddenly turn into le “marI”, riming with the personal pronoun I?

What do you think? If you know well another language, how do you react when professional narrators are not doing a god job in that language?
Are my expectations too high or what?
Let me know what you think!

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

 Swapping his native San Francisco for the City of Light, travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris in 1986 on a one-way ticket, his head full of romantic notions. Curiosity and the legs of a cross-country runner propelled him daily from an unheated, seventh-floor walk-up garret near the Champs-Elysées to the old Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani, the tombs of Père-Lachaise cemetery, the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens and the aristocratic Île Saint-Louis midstream in the Seine.
Downie wound up living in the chic Marais district, married to the Paris-born American photographer Alison Harris, an equally incurable walker and chronicler. Ten books and a quarter-century later, he still spends several hours every day rambling through Paris, and writing about the city he loves.  An irreverent, witty romp featuring thirty-one short prose sketches of people, places and daily life, Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light ranges from the glamorous to the least-known corners and characters of the world’s favorite city. [Goodreads]

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Downie

You can visit his blog here,
and it has links to his author’s page
and other goodies

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