The House I Loved

  • by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Sarah’s Key and A Secret Kept comes an absorbing new novel about one woman’s resistance during an époque that shook Paris to its very core.
Paris, France: 1860’s. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman has set into motion a series of large-scale renovations that will permanently alter the face of old Paris, moulding it into a “modern city.” The reforms will erase generations of history - but in the midst of the tumult, one woman will take a stand. Rose Bazelet is determined to fight against the destruction of her family home until the very end; as others flee, she stakes her claim in the basement of the old house on rue Childebert, ignoring the sounds of change that come closer and closer each day. Attempting to overcome the loneliness of her daily life, she begins to write letters to Armand, her beloved late husband. And as she delves into the ritual of remembering, Rose is forced to come to terms with a secret that has been buried deep in her heart for thirty years. The House I Loved is both a poignant story of one woman’s indelible strength, and an ode to Paris, where houses harbor the joys and sorrows of their inhabitants, and secrets endure in the very walls....

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Delightful story beautifully told

Where does The House I Loved rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top, I enjoyed the historical references to Paris


Who was your favorite character and why?

Rose


Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favourite?

All characters are beautifully described, even the ones we dont meet


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- J

How Paris became the city we know now.

Nice story. Interesting glimpse into how modern Paris came into being; and what the people had to go through in the process. I spent time going through maps of modern Paris attempting to glimpse the landscape portrayed in this great little book. Good read, especially if you intend to explore the streets of Paris; this has opened my eyes to so much.
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- Fiona

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-02-2012
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio