The President's Hat

  • by Antoine Laurain
  • Narrated by Luke Thompson, Peter Noble, David Timson, Sandra Duncan, Jane Collingwood, Rebecca Egan
  • 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him. After the presidential party has gone, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand’s black felt hat has been left behind. After a few moments’ soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It’s a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel somehow...different.
Winner: Prix Relay des Voyageurs, Laureat 2012


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Couldn't hold my attention

What would have made The President's Hat better?

Probably being French, as a non French person I didn't really appreciate why it would be so exciting to steal the presidents hat, I guess when your country has a queen, presidents aren't that important.

Has The President's Hat put you off other books in this genre?

No I might try others

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrators read very clearly although a bit flat at times.

What character would you cut from The President's Hat?

I'm afraid I didn't listen to it all as I found it boring so couldn't answer this question.

Any additional comments?

There was far to much boring details, I Really don't need to know every movement a waiter made while opening a bottle or the number of the train they were waiting for, maybe someone who is interested in train numbers would find it fascinating!

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- Elizabeth B.


I loved this story. Pure escapism, wonderfully narrated. I would heartily recommend it. I rather imagine that I will hear a certain phrase the next time I eat oysters :)
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- Colin Dente

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2013
  • Publisher: Gallic Books