Extended Audio Sample

Download Foreign Tongue: A Novel of Life and Love in Paris Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Foreign Tongue: A Novel of Life and Love in Paris (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Vanina Marsot
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (262 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vanina Marsot Narrator: Katherine Mapother Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

Paris, the storybook capital of romance - of strolls down cobblestone streets and kisses by the Seine - may not be the ideal location to mend a wounded heart. But pragmatic professional writer Anna, who has been unlucky in love in L.A., has come here with keys to her aunt's empty apartment. Bilingual and blessed with dual citizenship, she seeks solace in the delectable pastries, in the company of old friends, and in her exciting new job: translating a mysterious, erotic French novel by an anonymous author.

Intrigued by the story, and drawn in by the mystery behind the book, Anna soon finds herself among the city's literati - and in the arms of an alluring Parisian - as she resolves to explore who she is... in both cultures.

Download and start listening now!

BK_ACX0_001029

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Kohn | 2/8/2014

    " Ok, what do you do with a book that is quite interesting and also has a character who belongs in a romance novel? The interesting parts are the insights into the French world view through the French language. The romance part is the main character, Anna, living in Paris, who pines for, goes to bed with, pines for some more, and finally rejects, the tall, dark and handsome theater director, Olivier, who, because he is "French" is also bedding another lady, etc. What carried me through the novel is the descriptions of Anna's work translating a steamy novel from French into English. For instance, Anna wrestles with choosing which English word best describes the French expressions, often quite poetic on the one hand and quite earthy on the other, for parts of the human anatomy involved in making love. There's a lot of that, and not just the human anatomy. And, it all makes one think how much language drives perception. Anna has some adult moments when she deals with Bernard, her publisher, who is quite likeable, which Anna is not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrye Landrum | 2/5/2014

    " I am curious about the differences in the ways that the French and the Americans think because half of the family is now French--and there were all those years of taking French in school but not learning how to have a real conversation. Marsot tells an entertaining story which is the most fun way to learn the nuances of a new language. This book has Paris and sex, which you would expect, but more than that, there are real insights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ket Lamb | 1/31/2014

    " After her boyfriend cheats on her, freelance writer and dual citizen, Anna, ditches L.A. for Paris to recover. Fluent in French and English, Anna soon lands a job translating an erotic love story, written by a famous author whose secret identity intrigues her. It isn't long before she also meets Olivier, a handsome French director who stirs her senses. But, this isn't your typical French confection. Art and life interweave as the novel Anna translates relates to her present. Through her work, Anna shares her linguistic insights about French idioms, the issues surrounding translations, the meaning of words, and the difference between the French and Americans. It's an exquisite, "mille feuille" cultural lesson cloaked in your usual love story with that oh-so-French-twist. Bite into it, and you'll think you're back in Paris! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 1/29/2014

    " A book for Francophiles. I loved the Parisian setting, the French phrases (the vast majority of which were translated or explained). The main character was mostly sympathetic, though a bit whiny at times. Very interesting and apt characterizations of the difference between American & French ways of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Pat | 1/24/2014

    " Young woman moves from LA to Paris to get over being dumped. Begins translating an "erotic novel". Falls in love with French guy. So, the erotic novel isn't that erotic, and I liked the parts about translation best. It was interesting looking at the intricacies of French and English language, the meaning carried by different words in different contexts. It has a weird and somewhat unsatisfying ending, like it started out as one kind of book and ended up being a different book entirely. The beginning is more "Under the Tuscan Sun" (fleeing to foreign country to escape ex) except she just HAPPENS to have dual citizenship and speak fluent French. Then the translation of the novel section in the middle gets interesting, until the romantic liaison falls flat and there's other supernatural weirdness that seems kind of tacked on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/20/2014

    " Chick lit at its best and French lessons to boot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 1/6/2014

    " This was the second book I picked up at SMPL. Learn French. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 1/5/2014

    " A vicarious ride through a romance in Paris. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/1/2014

    " Great summer read for literary Francophiles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eli | 12/25/2013

    " Interesting insights into the difficulty of translating novels, even if bilingual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 12/25/2013

    " Was a wonderful read until near the end. It just was so confusing and left me feeling unsatisfied. What was the importance of Bunny? Was she right about the mysterious author? *sigh* So many unanswered questions! It was a good escapism novel though. It felt like you were in France with her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 11/21/2013

    " Enjoyed this book a lot. I may be a tad biased since I was friends with Vanina in High School! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 8/18/2013

    " Woman escapes to Paris (convenient dual citizenship) and after enjoying la vie francais, gets a job as a translator, except she reads "exotic" instead of "erotic" in the scribbled job description. Quite interesting commentary on the differences between French and English and an amusing tale also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 6/27/2013

    " Just joined a book club that reads travel books and then pairs them with dinner to discuss. We are going to French restaurant next week- better get moving on this book. Overall, three stars. I could sympathize with this girl, but didn't really get her choices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 5/30/2013

    " I gave this a good review because I loved the Paris descriptions and inclusion of a lot of French versus English translation discussions. However, if you haven't travelled in Paris extensively, or don't speak French, I probably wouldn't recommend this to most readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/19/2013

    " I kept with this oenbecause it had me hooked and I need to find out who the mystery author was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Mackinday | 4/27/2013

    " The characters are delightfully rich and the novel is so descriptive I felt like I was in Paris. A surprisingly fun and yet deeply touching book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/26/2013

    " It has something. It wasn't spectacular but it was a nice light read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MaryEllen | 1/20/2013

    " This book was a non-starter for me. Couldn't get into it even after several attempts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sonal | 11/30/2012

    " This book had the promise of being wonderful...set in Paris, about losing and finding love and lots of yummy foodie references. But the main character was weak beyond belief, the story lines were ridiculous and the ending made me think about the main character, "are you that clueless?" Don't bother. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Purple Iris | 9/22/2012

    " The end of this book was very disappointing. I started off liking it ok, but had to really force myself to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hazel | 8/10/2012

    " A pleasant travelogue of a woman's time in Paris, following a breakup. She traveres cobble stone streets, cafes, and other cultural events which give the reader a feel for Paris. An unexpected ending, but a pleasant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pmdickinson | 7/30/2012

    " A fine book, unexpectedly free from "American in Paris" cliches & decidedly not the chick lit I assumed from the book jacket. Some great insights into language & meaning, plus a neat literary mystery-- and yeah , a romance-- to boot . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeannine | 7/10/2012

    " I really wanted to love this book, but it was just so-so... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E | 5/21/2012

    " Changed rating when I got to the end which was abrupt and I get it not *american style* but seemed like a cop out. ok and interesting book on the translation stuff and if you like paris...but read julia child's My Life in France before this one! "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations