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The Parisians

Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
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Paris, 1940. The Nazis have occupied the city - and the Ritz. The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses.

For American Olivia Olsen, working as a chambermaid at the hotel means denying her nationality and living a lie, every day bringing the danger of discovery closer. When Hitler’s right-hand man moves in and makes her his pet, she sees an opportunity to help the Resistance - and draw closer to Jack, her contact, whose brusque instructions may be a shield for something more…

Within the hotel, famed designer Coco Chanel quickly learns that the new regime could work to her benefit, while Arletty, one of France’s best-loved actresses, shocks those around her - and herself - with a forbidden love.

But as the war reaches its terrible end, all three women learn the true price of their proximity to the enemy. For in the shadow of war, is anyone truly safe?

©2019 Marius Gabriel. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • CaliReader
  • 03-02-2019

Not another WWII Book

This book was about the characters and their struggles and their amazing tenacity while WWII was going on in the background. Some very interesting takes on collaboration and occupation I haven’t read before. Even without the interesting characters and plot, I liked this authors prose and the narrator did an excellent job!

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  • Traci J
  • 05-02-2019

Another great book by Marius Gabriel

I chose this book because I loved The Ocean Liner and The Designer. This was another winner. Interesting characters and a great performance by Karissa Vacker. I was sad for the book to end. I highly recommend this one.

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  • paula wright
  • 26-01-2019

I’ll never look at Chanel the same.

Good story showing how cruel the nazis were but what bothered me the most was the collaboration of rich famous French people with the nazis People were being starved to death and coco and Arletty were dining on pheasant in wine sauce and asparagus and three kinds of wine with their German Nazi lovers They got off VERY easy too I felt like the author glorified these people. He certainly didn’t condemn it Wonder what his people did during www2

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  • Evelyn Schumacher
  • 26-01-2019

Detailed, intriguing, hopeful

This was a very complex story of Paris as it fell under Nazi rule. Brave people have their lives to be free. Excellent

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  • Barbara Lay
  • 31-01-2019

Performance annoying

The narrator constantly taking deep, loud breaths numerous times during each sentence was extremely annoying, she takes 'breathy' to a new level. it was do annoying I could not complete the hook even though I am a fan of the author. What a waste!!!

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  • Debra Case
  • 01-02-2019

Horrible performance

Couldn’t get past chapter 2. Narrator sounded silly and constantly took gasping breaths. Was really looking forward to this book, so guess I’ll read the print version.

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  • Mona-Alisa
  • 22-03-2019

The Parisians

The Ritz, Coco Channel, and the high ranking Nazis intertwine with the world of collaborators and the hotel staff resistance during the German occupation of Paris.

For a WWII story it focuses less on the horrors of concentration camps and more on the relationships between Nazi officials and upper society collaboration while the resistance takes place right under their noses.

This is a good departure from the usual focus of the battlefield and the holocaust. I read many books about WWII and I find different angles to be interesting.

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  • Sandra B.
  • 08-03-2019

Good Reading

This was an awesome book. Had a lot of suspense to keep one on the edge of one's chair. I also loved the history given as the book went along.

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  • Ms. Susannah Scott
  • 16-02-2019

Excellent

Brilliant story had me hooked well
Into the small hours - great narration too.
Would recommend

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