Fascinating and captivating till the end I googled Boldinis work
Soooooo enjoyed this book. You are immediately drawn into the story and it has a great rhythm that you want to keep listening. The author did a great job of developing the characters which enhanced the plot. Highly recommend this read/listen. The narrators were great at harmoniously delivering the story.
This was one of those books I got completely immersed in and was so sorry when it ended! The narrator was very good and brought the story to life wonderfully. Working from home during Covid has meant less travelling time, so as I always listen in the car it took a while - nice to have stretched it out.
OMG! The bones of this story are interesting. But the telling of the tale is so horrible it pains my ears. The cartoonish French accents are so awful that I hoped those characters would not reappear in the story. The writing of the main character April is bad too. It’s hard to feel love or attachment to a woman who is dumb.
Horrible narration. Terrible French accents. Numerous mis pronunciations of French words. Way too long. April was an annoying spoiled teenager like character. Would never recommend this book!
The narrator was good enough, but I abandoned the book. While the plot had potential, the book never seemed to justify the use of expletives. Shock value, maybe?
A VIP book. Writing was poor and the narrator was not very good in my opinion although her French pronunciations were very good. The story had a different rending than expected; however, it did not improve the overall rating of the book. The 35 year old protaginist sound more like a 15 year old teen.
After reading other ratings, I was hopeful about this book. I didn’t really care for it. I felt like the story line was forced. Too many things happening in this one person’s life, but it’s more than just that. I can’t really think of the words I want to describe it. Maybe it just wasn’t for me. I don’t know. I wish I had liked it.
Truly an excellent book! The narration was done very well. I am usually not so interested in historical novels, but the mixture of bygone days and now with all the relationships and problems fascinated me BECAUSE the characters were so very well described.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters came to life for me and I was eager to learn more about Marte's life. The end of her life was a bit of a surprise.
The narration was one of the best since I have started listening to audiobooks. And I liked that the diaries being read by someone else.
Two interesting stories, one from the 1900s and one contemporary, told in turns. Both have some basis in actual events and people which I didn’t realise until I started Googling the Belle Epoque characters. I particularly liked the narrator of Marthe’s diaries. At first I was a bit daunted by the length of the book but then didn’t want it to end.
I really enjoyed this book, an interesting look at Paris in the Golden Age.
Narrator did make some characters sound like a bit of a cliché but overall it was very good. The concept of the story was interesting if a little bit drawn out. I enjoyed it.
good to listen to on holiday
Loved the story, it was full of surprises, and so well written!
Incredibly frustrating character in April…far too juvenile and self-absorbed for the story, made even more so by the narrators uncomfortable rhythmic lilt and young vocal tone. Even more frustrating were the efforts to speak French…anything!! And why was every chapter introduced by the French word for chapter with an English number?! Ridiculous! Either or please! The story had promise that wasn’t met.
The story was good but slow. The main narrator’s voice so grating and offensive to listen to, I almost quit listening.
Decent book. I enjoyed the plot development. The narration wasn’t my favorite- too contrived.
The story line was interesting and going between two women's stories was a fun way to present the stories. The writer was very wordy, too much description of things that didn't help the story. It could have been cut down by a third at least.
Not for me thanks. Gave up after a torturous 2 hours. Shallow, obvious plot, appalling pseudo French accent etc .etc.
I liked this book. However, the characters didn’t seem congruent with themselves at times. Narration was not great.
Intriguing story based on some real life people and events. The Frenchman’s accent was perfect!
I love this book. Based loosely on real people and a real painting. I was totally enchanted. I highly recommend.
This book is so, so bad. April’s character is insufferable and I found myself dreading her chapters. I was hoping for a fun escape to Paris and a step back in time, but it took me weeks to finish because April was such an unenjoyable character.
Basically I liked this book and it’s narration. The switch to French often left me confused. I wonder if I had the print edition if it would have helped (I only have a little French training and it was mainly how to order food - very basic).
Ok, long. Sometimes it
I finished the book but never connected with the characters. I learned about Boldini. Will not be a memorable book of mine
It was fine. The characters to me weren't all that likable or compelling. At times the French accent and the brother's accent sounded ridiculous. However, it was interesting and there were attempts at fleshing out the characters. It was a great book for taking long walks. It didn't require a lot of thought nor will it result in much reflection. It would make a terrific beach read!!
Sadly, depressing and parts… No need to introduce a dreadful disease when so many people we know have it now… Just another upsetting remembrance.
This was such a wonderful journey. The Paris Apartment takes the reader on a journey of old Paris and the current Paris. I was thoroughly entertained, and was so sad when the book finished because the characters and the story line was great.
I enjoyed the book.
Beautifully written and narrated. A must read!
The only issue was the narrator made the character Luke come off as kind of sleazy sounding….once that image formed it was hard to picture him any other way, considering the dialogue seems otherwise.
I really enjoyed this story. The different layers were fascinating to listen to. It was a long story, but I could’ve listen to more.
An easy listen and follow book with a great narration.
Enjoyed the story and the narration! Well done.
Good story but sooo long and I got bored in the middle. I hung on and finished.
Not a typical historical reader but this story captured me from the beginning. Loved the dual stories, such an interesting way to portray the past by reading the diaries. Absolutely loved the somewhat twisted ending. Narrators were spectacular.
The best narrator I’ve ever heard. Good book and story line but the narrator really made it. Wish I could give 10 stars!!
Thoroughly enjoyed, so much I bought a poster of the Boldini! Voices were great. Delightful to become lost in the past and see Paris in the present.
Great book.. a little long
Narrator does a great job with all of the different characters she was great!
I really loved this book, and the narration was outstanding. I liked the characters and history. The author also gave enough information (without being too much) to anticipate some of the story. I only wish, there would have been more background and feeling for Troy—he came across hard and callous.
Could not stand the narrators voice. Ridiculous accents pretending it’s French
Loved it! I was fascinated when I first heard about the locked up Paris apartment, so this was wonderful!
Great book. Loved the setting.
Loved this book very well written so many twists. And the narrator does the accents very well.
Loved the book and the narrator was great! Would love to know if there is a part two
I love this book I'm so intriguing and especially the person doing the readings were really good
Loved it , the dual stories were both very interesting. The narrator was also good .
Thoroughly enjoyed the story lines in the book. The narrators were great.
I enjoyed this book. There are two different stories going on. One in the past one current. I thought the narrator was great.
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