Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

  • by Francine Prose
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Rosalind Ashford, Geoffrey Cantor, Nicola Barber, Suzanne Toren, Maggi-Meg Reed
  • 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself.
Paris in the 1920s: It is a city of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club's loyal denizens, including the rising photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol, and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.
As the years pass, their fortunes - and the world itself - evolve. Lou falls in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant '20s give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more sinister: Collaboration with the Nazis.
Told in a kaleidoscope of voices, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 evokes this incandescent city with brio, humor, and intimacy. A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing listen, it is Francine Prose's finest novel yet.

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Excellent book rendered un-listenable-to.

What did you like best about Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932? What did you like least?

Well, I like the themes and the characters and everything about the actual writing. I HATE the dreadful ,Allo, 'Allo style accents used by some of the actors. I had to stop listening and buy the kindle version instead.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wouldn't have changed the writing at all.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Three of the six actors put on dreadful phoney French accents. The writer did not write 'ollywood for Hollywood, or 'orrible for horrible, etc, so why pronounce it like that?


Did Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 inspire you to do anything?

Yes, it inspired me to get more of this writer's works.


Any additional comments?

This is the umpteenth book I've returned for this reason - i.e. the bad phoney foreign accents. I know you say you have no control over production but I'm sure you can give feedback to the producers of your products.

Also, I'd like you to actually print this as I have noticed you do not print my negative reviews.

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- Helga

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-04-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio