I’ve been a big audiobook kick the past couple of weeks. Listening to an audiobook at 1.5 or 2 times the speed makes them go much more quickly. I’m super lucky that my library has a large selection of digital audiobooks. I browse every week and end up adding one or two on my hold list each time.
I borrowed Eloisa James’ memoir Paris in Love on a whim. Was I ever glad I did! (P.S. The Kindle version currently $1.99. Get it!)
James’ narrates her own thought-of-consciousness memoir and it clocks in at only 6.5 hours. If you thought James’ writing is hilarious in her novels (highly recommend Four Nights With a Duke), she’s even funnier in real life.
The book covers the time she took a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor and moved her family to Paris. Fun fact: Eloisa James is a pen name and she didn’t come out to her colleagues until she became tenured. While she lived in France, she shared quick thoughts and observations on her social media pages. The memoir is a compilation of those thoughts–with some tweaking, I’m sure.
James keeps the experience real. Paris isn’t always romantic. One of my favorite lines was when her husband tells her something along the lines of “For a romance writer, you’re not very romantic.” HA!
Of all the snippets in the book, my favorites were about their family’s overweight dog and how her Italian mother-in-law doted on him. So much funny.
Paris in Love was just the book I needed to listen to when I was is a reading slump. James’ narration is warm and entertaining. It’s like we’re hanging out at a Paris cafe while she whispers them all to me.
If you get a chance to listen to the audiobook, I highly recommend it. However you consume the book, read it!
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