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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (91 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul LeFarge Narrator: Eric Bauersfeld Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN:
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LaFarge's stunning novel of love, betrayal, and exploitation is based on themes involving the life of the great city planner Georges-Eughne Haussmann.

Baron Georges-Eughne Haussmann was the architect of modern Paris. In two decades, from 1853 to 1869, he transformed the cramped, filthy lanes of the medieval city into the airy boulevards and green parks of today. Yet there is a story that, on his deathbed, Haussmann wished to undo everything he'd built. Would that it had died with me! he is supposed to have said. What is the secret of the baron's last regret?

To answer this question, author Paul LaFarge tells the story of a three-sided affair that pitted love against ambition and architecture against flesh, in this sweeping drama of a changing social order.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Petrea Burchard | 9/5/2012

    " Atmospheric, but ultimately not quite engaging enough. I think this is due to an omniscient narrator who keeps the reader at an emotional distance from the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 8/24/2010

    " Novel about the Hausmann who made Paris what it looks like today. A fast read, but includes good details about the period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 8/18/2005

    " Enjoyable glimpse in to Haussmann's Paris. I'd like to read a biography of him now (as well as move the Power Broker and Robert Moses up the list). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 bbbbbbrr | 1/17/2005

    " Pretty boring. I avoided this for years based on the title alone, and maybe you should too. Sometimes its lousy to have suspicions confirmed. A bland period piece set in second empire France with only the tiniest bits of LaFarge magic sprinkled here and there. "

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