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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (58,359 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Muriel Barbery Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

Renee Michel is the 54-year-old concierge of a luxury Paris apartment building. Her exterior (short, ugly,and plump) and demeanor (poor, discreet, and insignificant) belie her keen, questing mind and profound erudition. Paloma Josse is a 12-year-old genius who behaves as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. She plans to kill herself on the 16th of June, her 13th birthday.

Both Renee and Paloma hide their true talents and finest qualities from the bourgeois families around them, until a wealthy Japanese gentleman named Ozu moves into building. Only he sees through them, perceiving the secret that haunts Renee, winning Paloma's trust, and helping the two discover their kindred souls. Moving, funny, tender, and triumphant, Barbery's novel exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/26/2014

    " An interesting, creative story that got better as it went along and had a moving ending. I liked Renee's character much better than Paloma's, although neither was terribly plausible. If I could, I would give this 3.5 stars. Good, not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graciela | 1/23/2014

    " If you can, read it in French. Poetic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harold | 1/23/2014

    " Originally written in french by Ms. Barbery, it's a book written following the lives of two very different people, a 50 somethng widow and a 12 year old girl. Elegant prose with a fascinating story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maia Ossa rissanen | 1/14/2014

    " It looked quite good when I started reading it, but soon I got bored and continued "because I had to"... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Grossett | 1/8/2014

    " Love this! It will help you bone up on vocabulary and refresh your French, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elkie | 1/7/2014

    " Dv "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Williams | 1/2/2014

    " I loved the beautiful elegance of this book. Its subtle theme of emotions underneath appearances reminds me of the Japanese author Ishiguro, who wrote Remains of the Day and an incredible tetralogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/31/2013

    " This book was beautiful and I loved the delicate blend of philosophy and admiration for literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 12/21/2013

    " French version was marvelous, and the English translation seems fine. A cute little beachside story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian Cédric | 12/16/2013

    " OMG! simply ... perfect. yeah, I know it may be an exageration, but, it's simply so human and perfect... and so I litterally felt in love with this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Gray | 12/12/2013

    " A lovely book, but unless you are in the mood for some philosophical musings on the meaning of life, don't bother. This is not a "beach read". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Smith | 10/26/2013

    " Overall I liked the book although somewhat tedious to get through. I downloaded Websters dictionary because of it! The 12yr old girl was quite hopeless but I did like the concierge Renee. Some passages were exquisitely written but most were intellectual and philosophical mumbo-jumbo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Rogers | 9/7/2013

    " In the end I really enjoyed it, to gain a firh star may mean a re-read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha Vasquez | 8/28/2013

    " (Spoiler) Hated the end. I don't think it was necessary that Rene died, just make everyone sad and also, i tought the book was a bittersweet tasste of fantasy, it just take you back to reality in one freaking second and i totally hated that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 8/1/2013

    " Predictable in lots of places, but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Pickett | 7/26/2013

    " The first 200 pages are dense, but if you get to the end, it's worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christie Terry | 6/19/2013

    " I enjoyed this book from the very beginning. The short chapters and the 2 different narrators kept my interest and I never found myself glossing over the details. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kellie Uhrig | 6/19/2013

    " Oh, how I wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it ended up making me feel less smart than I may have given myself credit for. It was way too slow, and I kept waiting for something, anything, to happen. It just never did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arlene Corbin | 6/15/2013

    " Rather boring and trite "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 6/4/2013

    " Incredible book! An exquisite and intelligent author, Muriel Barbery manages to prove that there is always beauty and worth in life no matter your age or station. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison Eikenberry | 1/20/2013

    " Didn't care for the philosophizing, but I really got into the characters despite that. Some of the sentences were just too absurd, but the romance made me a little giddy, so it balanced out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby K | 5/31/2012

    " If you can get past the intellectual ramblings this is such a sweet story, and the movie based on this book, The Hedgehog, just as sweet. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer Michelson | 5/4/2012

    " Pretentious. Not believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 4/20/2012

    " What a charmingly quirky book. Thanks, Fern, for recommending it. FYI - the format, every chapter 2 - 3 pages, made this an excellent MUNI book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alchymister | 4/7/2012

    " thank you Muriel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby Eno | 1/4/2012

    " The Elegance of the Hedgehog was a beautifully written novel that teaches about the true importance of relationships and questioning the stereotypes of society. The story will have you laughing and crying at times. I could not put this book down and would recommend it to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina M | 9/9/2011

    " I really loved this book and the characters in it. My favorite quote by the 12 year old neighbor is, "Maybe that's what being alive is all about: so we can track down those moments that are dying." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 missinggarden | 5/23/2011

    " Granted, I've read it in French so I don't know what the translation's like, but I really enjoyed reading it, I thought it was cleverly written (then again, after a regular diet of pop novel...) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally | 5/23/2011

    " Have attempted reading this book 3 times. I just cannot engage with the writing style or the characters. Will put back on the shelf for another go next year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabina | 5/18/2011

    " I tried reading this book and had a hard time getting started. However, listening to the audio version has made it far more engaging as the readers bring the prose to life in a way that I was not able to on my own. Well worth a listen so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 5/18/2011

    " broke my heart, made me question my place in life, what more could you ask? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 5/16/2011

    " One of the most satisfying books I have read to date. Hugely atmospheric with plenty of thought provoking philosophy to challenge the mind. Beautifully written, with changes in pace throughout the book which encourage the reader to stop and reflect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 5/15/2011

    " This book changed how I feel about literature. It is just so entirely perfectly written, and fluid and lovely in every way. I could not put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patti | 5/15/2011

    " An odd read. Even after you have finished it you are not sure how you feel about the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Okanagan | 5/14/2011

    " -unusual philosophical take on a character study.
    -teen angst and romance mingled with thought provoking question
    -a fable
    -"what is the meaning of life" in a nutshell
    -dual character
    -importance of ART "

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