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Garyfmp

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Well narrated, and interesting insight

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-2016

Helps join the dots with what AH was thinking at the time, the footnotes help clearly explain what the author assumed everyone at the time would know. Can get tedious at times but I believe the narrator did a great job expressing the true feelings of the author and keeping you interested.

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Essential in understanding today's world

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-2016

A brief but very important lecture if you're interested in finding out what created the current world as it is today and understanding why there are ongoing conflicts.
I don't agree with the professor's conclusion but one has to remember the lecture was recorded in 2003 it would be interesting to get an updated conclusion with the benefit of hindsight. I would highly recommend this lecture.

Great job in joining the dots of European/Western history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-2015

Listened to the whole lecture, well presented and easy to follow. Even if one is only interested in one branch of western history eg. French History, I believe this is still time well spent.

Enjoyable, engaging and informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-2015

The professor has a refreshing way of lecturing, clear outlines of how, who, why and what made Rome and Romans tick all derived from know evidence not pseudo archeology.
I'm now hooked on these courses.

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Mystery finally solved, a great audiobook

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-2014

Very interesting story that just gets better as it goes on, fascinating to see how different conclusions were reached as time and science progressed.

Loved it!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-2014

Well written and informative, really helps join the dots between America and Paris, a wonderful audiobook.

A long story but but full of interesting information

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-2014

What made the experience of listening to Paris the most enjoyable?

Listening to the story about the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and the war years,

Who was your favorite character and why?

Thomas Gascon was my favourite because of his link to the above

What three words best describe Jane Wymark and Jonathan Keeble ’s performance?

A good performance but not sure why the French characters had an English (cockney?) accent and yet the Germans had the more appropriate (in my opinion) German accent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No because its very long

Any additional comments?

The numbered chapters in the audio book did not match the spoken chapter numbers, not sure why.

Beautifully written and narrated

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-2014

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I felt like I was back in Paris listening to a friend speaking to me in a cafe about this beautiful city.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author - due to his style of relaying what he observes in a humble and passionate way.

Which character – as performed by Max Winter – was your favourite?

The author and his story. Max Winter has a warm mellifluous voice that in my opinion perfectly matched the cadence of David Downie's beautiful prose. I normally speed up the narration but due to his pleasant voice I decided to leave the setting at normal speed. He also has a pleasant pronunciation of french words.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last chapter when he mentioned "....I am unfailingly enchanted by the view from Trocadero of the Seine and the sparkling Eiffel tower".......

Any additional comments?

Lots of interesting information that you don't normally read in the usual tourist books so now looking forward to going back to Paris.....again!

Buying a Piece of Paris cover art

Interesting observations

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-2014

If you could sum up Buying a Piece of Paris in three words, what would they be?

Informative, observant, lighthearted

Who was your favorite character and why?

The writer

What does Nicki Paull bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I preferred to speed up the audio (x1.5) because I was more interested in the information so cannot really comment.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some emotional connection to the places Ellie described

Any additional comments?

Wouldn't mind listening to another story about Paris from this Author

Could not finish this audiobook

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-2014

What disappointed you about The Sweet Life in Paris?

To many American phrases like "I made a bolt for the door" when he decided to leave a place, "slam dunk" etc etc

Would you ever listen to anything by David Lebovitz again?

No, probably best he sticks to cookbooks in my opinion

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Drummond?

Max Winter has a far more pleasurable voice but it would be wasted on this audiobook

What character would you cut from The Sweet Life in Paris?

The writer

Any additional comments?

If you have fallen in love with Paris and want a more moving nostalgic experience look for a different book