The Paris Winter

  • by Imogen Robertson
  • Narrated by Rebecca Night
  • 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A dark and opulent tale of deception, betrayal and revenge in Paris, 1909.Maud Heighton came to Lafond’s famous Académie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris eats money. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling joys of the Belle Époque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud takes a job as companion to young, beautiful Sylvie Morel. But Sylvie has a secret: an addiction to opium. As Maud is drawn into the Morels’ world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers. Before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.

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Customer Reviews

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OK story, but poor reading/production value

What would have made The Paris Winter better?

The story is not too bad, straight forward and entertaining enough if you don't expect unforeseeable twists and unusual characterisations. Unfortunately Ms Night's performance did not improve the audiobook in general. The production value also seemed quite low, you can distinctly hear the reader swallow, take deep breaths and smack her lips - something quite natural when reading out loud, but it could have easily been edited out and really put me off.


What could Imogen Robertson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I probably would have enjoyed the story if I had read the book, but the performance distracted me too much. Halfway through I expected the story to come to an end and was surprised to find the second half on my Ipod.


Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Night’s performances?

Unfortunately, no. Her range of characters is not as wide as the readers I am used to, there was hardly any distinction between some of the characters, not even between male and female, and I was sometimes struggling to follow who was talking.


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- Victoria Gegenbauer

What a pity about the narration...

I really enjoyed this story. Intriguing plot and characters and very evocative of the upside and downside of fin de siècle Paris. But oh! The errors in the narration were infuriating! Most objectionable of all was the pronunciation of the northeast town of Alnwick as Allenwick, when it is common knowledge that this is pronounced Anick. Surely just a little research would have unearthed that. Also very clumsy French pronunciation too. I think I would have been better reading this one to myself!
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- Gillian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-04-2013
  • Publisher: Headline Digital