The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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"There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies - I mean books - that were written for one person only.... A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: That's how I sell books."
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a best-selling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country's rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
Internationally best selling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 55 minutes|
|Narrator||Steve West, Emma Bering, Cassandra Campbell|
|Audible.ca Release Date||June 23 2015|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #37,433 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#399 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#911 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,874 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Top reviews from Canada
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You may guess (as we are wont to do) how it all ends, but that should not subtract in even the smallest way from finding enjoyment -and perhaps a certain inner peace - in this marvellously constructed tale.
My five stars tell you how I feel!
approach the story and characters with an open, non judgemental mind. It's not about the sexual content ( that's there but not graphic) I think many readers object to the main character having an affair with someone who was married and that character had no guilt or remorse for being unfaithful. It is a romantic fairy tale with a happy ending but a lot of life happens before that ending.
Top reviews from other countries
Something about the literary apothecary idea and treating peoples maladies with books certainly seemed like a lovely idea.
There is a lot more to the story than that though, as the tale follows the life of Mr Perdu as he slowly comes back to life after a 20 year pause that has seen a self imposed wallowing stop him from moving on from the mysterious ending of a love affair.
As the tale weaves itself, we find out all about his lost love and how he came to be how he is.
We also find out how to restart a life and heal old wounds with adventure and friendship, as a band of unlikely friends join Mr Perdu on his boat and slowly find themselves dealing with what has held them all back.
This is a lovely little story with plenty of humour and intelligent ideas that is perfect for someone who likes something a little different.
Well written and aimed at a book reading audience, this is a little escape to the French waterways that is a joy to join.
Quite a fantasy to get it started, but for those who know Paris and France well, or not, the intrigue begins early on. It cleverly tugs on everyone who wants to escape the circus, by living out the dream escape. With style. The type of journey undertaken cunningly opens up adventure opportunities and meetings.
No great philosophical messages included, but there is enormous campaign for truth, honesty and genuousness within the tale, which does become altruistic in its climax.
Some hilarious moments, with some well drawn up characters and situations along the way. A good read.
Would be a good companion piece to Bookshop in Brittany.