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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:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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"... "

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