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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (592 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Wallner Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9780739342121
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A suspenseful and dramatic story of impossible love between a German soldier and a French Resistance fighter in World War Two Paris.

In 1943, Michel Roth is a young soldier working in the German army’s back offices in occupied Paris. But his fluency in French gets Roth a new task when the Gestapo find themselves in need of a translator for the confessions of interrogated French resisters.

After work Roth chooses another path – he slips out of his hotel carrying a bag of civilian clothes and steals into an alley where he changes personas, becoming Monsieur Antoine, a young Frenchman. He strolls the streets of Paris, where one day he meets Chantal, daughter of an antiquarian bookseller. They fall in love, and when Chantal warns him away from the notorious café Turachevsky, favoured nightspot for German officers and the French women who entertain them, Michel believes it is out of jealousy. Too late he discovers that she is a member of the Resistance, and his naiveté leaves Michel on the other side of the SS interrogation machine.

What follows is a tale of desperate cat and mouse through Paris, and into the devastated French countryside at the end of the war, when neighbours are quick to betray neighbours, and even to take revenge into their own hands.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Michael Wallner is capable of writing with spare elegance, and he evokes war-ravaged Paris with a deft touch. This is the tale of a young German soldier serving with the forces of the Nazi occupation who becomes entangled with a Frenchwoman--the sort of love affair that's inevitably called 'doomed.' The New York Times Book Review
  • This fast-paced thriller about a young man's unforeseen moral dilemma delivers suspense all the way through to its unexpected ending....Think Alan Furst with a different sort of hero, and a darker, more visceral edge. Booklist
  • April in Paris is a thrilling read . . . Michael Wallner writes with great delicacy . . . deftly creating an atmosphere full of suspense. Monika Melcher, Lesart
  • A remarkable story that could only play out in an occupied Paris torn between poetry and drama, and love and death… an enthralling blend of gravity and suspense. Harald Loch, Nürnberger Nachrichten
  • April in Paris is a majestic novel . . . [Wallner] has perfectly captured the language of the era, and explored the moral dilemma of an apolitical soldier torn between obedience and sentiment. Frankfurter Neue Presse
  • A cross between Ken Follet and The Reader by Bernard Schlink . . . April in Paris is a book to share with friends: a love story for men who don’t usually cry. Brigitte Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teddy | 2/2/2014

    " audiobook. great reader. interesting perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Boccaccio | 1/19/2014

    " Quick read. Not bad. Loved the French and descriptions of Paris but not the story so much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/13/2014

    " OK book, if you're interested in war history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenna | 1/6/2014

    " Misogynist crap. Shouldn't have been published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 12/24/2013

    " It was good, but was a little different than I thought it would be. It has a German soldier sent to France because he can speak French without a german accent. He turns into a Frenchman when he isn't working, and falls in love with a girl. But this girl is really tricking him, because she knows he is a german soldier, and she is part of the resistance. He gets injured a lot and he travels across france to get to the girl, but she ended up dying before he got there. It is interesting being in his mind during interrogations and when he is acting like a frenchman, it shows worry and guilt and being ashamed and how he does everything he can to avoid actually going into the war. He also shows how he would do anything for this girl, even though she is against him most of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 12/22/2013

    " This is an excellent book because it is never what you expect. The characters are an atypical match for a WWII love story and that is what makes it worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/8/2013

    " This was a quick read set in WW II Paris. I felt that the characters should have been more well developed. While I was interested in the outcome of the plot, I did not really feel for the main character or his love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/6/2013

    " Good story, and one that makes you think about how an ordinary, non-Nazi German soldier deals with the war. I wanted to know more about him, though, and I didn't get that. Perhaps there will be a sequel to this as the ends are not neatly tied up with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 11/23/2013

    " I contemplated 4 stars...but it really didn't even approach the extraodinary. I was interested enough to read it all in one afternoon...but it didn't wow me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 9/28/2013

    " Paris 1943. Young German soldier becomes a French-interpreter for the Third Reich and falls in love with a French girl during the last years of WWII. He sits in on brutal interviews/tortures with people who are her friends. He gets too close to Germany's enemies. War is Hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 9/4/2013

    " Interesting storyline from a different perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nova | 4/19/2013

    " the narrator avoids the front line of the war by working as a translator. When he is sent to Paris he falls in love with a Parisian so by night he tries to pass himself off as a Parisian. Not a love story with a happy ending but a good quick read and more insight into the realities of wartime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 6/8/2012

    " Good reader but I started losing interest half way through. Maybe it was just me, I guess I really prefer non fiction in the car. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/15/2011

    " An SS officer and a French Resistance fighter fall in love. What to do? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 9/22/2011

    " Very good read. Interesting love story set in Paris during World War II occupation. Incredibly an interesting look inside what it was to be a Nazi soldier/interrogation in Paris. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Resendes | 8/25/2011

    " I felt the story was well constructed, I was able to experience the brutality of war in ways not usually spelled out. The young Germans anguish in coming to terms with his position was carefully executed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/8/2011

    " Not a "great novel of the great war" but I was sucked in pretty quick. Graphic descriptions of torture were a turn off, but were necessary to draw the conflict facing the protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Atwood | 6/14/2011

    " Just another in a long list of the horrors of Nazi Paris...what a nightmare! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/17/2011

    " Not a "great novel of the great war" but I was sucked in pretty quick. Graphic descriptions of torture were a turn off, but were necessary to draw the conflict facing the protagonist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenna | 11/4/2010

    " Misogynist crap. Shouldn't have been published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doreen | 9/23/2010

    " This book was loaned to me so I was not sure about it but I found it a great story, A true love story and so sad "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Addie | 8/15/2010

    " I finally finished listening to this book and am sorry to say that I cannot recommend it. The concept of a German soldier falling in love with a member of the French resistance had lots of promise, but the author fell short, especially in his creation of his main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DeeW | 7/15/2010

    " Saw the ending coming, not much suspense there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 7/7/2010

    " If you liked 'The Reader,' and be honest - you did, this is a wonderful follow-up. You have to hand it to the author, the sense of time and place created through his historical accuracy is the gold standard for period-story writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 4/20/2010

    " OK book, if you're interested in war history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 3/9/2010

    " A quick read, some suspense, interesting take on occupied Paris during WW2, but overall rather forgettable. The Romance part was pretty unconvincing. This book tried to move me but fell far short "

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About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.