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Waking Up in Paris

Overcoming Darkness in the City of Light
Narrated by: Sonia Choquette
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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“As if waking up from a nightmare, I thought, If I am going to be traumatized, I might as well be traumatized in Paris, right?” 

Devastated by the unexpected end of her decades-long marriage, renowned spiritual teacher and intuitive guide Sonia Choquette undertook an equally unexpected move and relocated to Paris, the scene of many happy memories from her life as a student and young mother. Arriving in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, she found a Paris as traumatized by this unforeseen event as she had been by her divorce. Together, over the following years, she and the city she loves began a journey of healing that involved deep soul searching and acceptance of new, sometimes uncomfortable reality. 

In this follow-up to Walking Home, Sonia shares her intimate thoughts and fears as well as the unique challenges of setting up a new life in a foreign land. From moving into a freezing, malodorous apartment to a more pleasant - yet haunted - flat across the Seine to her current light-filled home, Sonia shares how these changes parallel her inner transformation. Along the way, Sonia regales listeners with vivid stories of her unfortunate encounters with French hairdressers and beauticians, her adventures in French fashion, and her search for the perfect neighborhood café. Her companion throughout is the city of Paris - a character unto itself - which never ceases to fill her with wonder, surprise, and delight and provides her with the spiritual strength to succeed in establishing her new life.

©2018 Hay House (P)2018 Hay House

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absolutely fabulous

I loved it.What I loved most was Sonias brutal honesty,at times it was funny and at times it was sad .she really engaged me.I truly felt for her and it was like she was telling me her story over coffee.

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Entertaining & Inspiring

Loved Sonia's honesty in her "waking up" process.!
Easy listening whilst making you think about your own need and ability to recreate an authentic YOU.

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I found this book exceptionally tedious and shallow in its content. The author delivers an account of her post marriage move from America to Paris to live. However the flavour is one of adolescent self absorption. Although set in Paris it reeks of American sensibility. I forced myself to finish it but wouldn't recommend it to any one.

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5 stars and lots of laughs

loved it, laughed a lot, the story was fabulous. Sonia youve made a fan of me

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  • bonnie flint
  • 02-10-2018

I wanted to love this, but couldn't.

I love all things French, and Paris is where my soul is most at home, so I was certain I'd love this book. I was wrong. it's trite, boring, and has the worst narration I've ever heard. don't waste your money.

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  • Paula Hannasch
  • 15-06-2018

Terrific!

Once again Sonia knocks it out of the park with her honesty, vulnerabi!ity and desire to share so others can learn as well from her journeys! Just another reason I follow Sonia's work and recommend her whenever I can!

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  • WritingLikeMad
  • 02-12-2018

REFRESHINGLY HONEST & HUMOROUS!

Throughout the book I got the feeling that Sonia was doing herself in (and sometimes her daughter) in her struggle to find herself but she also found humor during those times which is not an easy thing to do when life seems to be crashing down. Sonia's journey is our journey and yes.... Paris lives in of all of us!

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  • Kimberly
  • 01-06-2018

One of Sonia's BEST!

LOVED it! All the feels are in this book. What an amazing journey that only Sonia can write with such passion!

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  • BGrace
  • 05-04-2019

Useful maybe if you plan to move to Paris

Normally I love Ms Choquette’s work but not this one.. kept waiting for it to begin, never did. literally sounds like a transcription of a journal including everyday inconsequential mishaps & snafus, with no real meat.

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  • Julie
  • 12-03-2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

What a great book! It hits all the real highs and lows life has to offer, sad, funny, inspiring, heartbreaking, happy & meaningful.
I’m ready for her next chapter in Paris!

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  • Sandra Harding
  • 01-02-2019

Darn!! I was disappointed this time.

I can appreciate Ms. Choquette'writing this book as her way of recovering & healing from the loss of her marriage & identity. I've read ALL of her books. They are filled with insight from an incredibly different world where she gives us wonderful, humourous &, fun ways to understand & use her teachings. This book felt like the story was coming from one of Ms. Choquette's much earlier students using her very basic teachings, confirming to herself & readers that this spiritual world is ALL that she's taught us that it is.?
I'm y truly looking forward to her next book!!!

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  • Trish Buscemi
  • 25-01-2019

I LOVED it!

It was so well done and well read. Just like a book with pages I couldn’t turn it off. Thank you Sonia for sharing your very soul with us!

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  • Maria
  • 16-12-2018

An amazing personal story of loss and hope

My path has recently crossed Sonia’s work. I started listening to 2 of her books, connecting to your guides and the psychic path. And then just out of curiosity wanted to see how she is doing in her life and listened to this one. I must say she is a real story teller, I laughed loud at through the book while simultaneously felt the enormous pain below all what was happening. The book is extremely humbling and for me as a person at the beginning of this journey, also an eye opener. It shows how much our personalities affect our decisions and trust, no matter how well we are connected. It is a true story of life and waking up :)

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  • Janna Baker
  • 02-05-2018

uplifting

loved it! great vibes and hysterical at times even through (*or because of) the rough times.

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  • elf32
  • 03-05-2018

entertaining, informative and funny a great read

Sonia had me laughing down the street listening to her Parisian trials and tribulations. Fantastic

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  • Verty
  • 15-11-2019

Nice insights from Sonia

It starts off a little slow and sometimes repetitive, however towards the middle and end the whole story comes together and learnings and insights from Sonia come through. Being an expat myself, I could relate to alot of challenges Sonia experinced and also made me release to be more present in the city I call home now, as there are many adventures and stories to learn from it. I really enjoyed the book, despite it being a little slow at first, I do recommend it.

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  • MW Devon
  • 26-01-2019

'Intuition'

I remain astounded that somebody with no self awareness and no common sense let alone intuition, can be regarded as a spiritual teacher. The 'accidental' mishaps she relates are entirely of her own making through stupidity and lack of research and planning. She has an unfortunate delivery and frequently mishponounshes (sic) words. The most annoying thing is her habit of chuckling at herself in the middle of words.
I thought I would learn interesting things about life in Paris. It didn't get better. Don't bother.

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