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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,380 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tatiana de Rosnay Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781427214867
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Sarah's Key and A Secret Kept comes an absorbing new novel about one woman's resistance during an époque that shook Paris to its very core.

Paris, France: 1860's. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman has set into motion a series of large-scale renovations that will permanently alter the face of old Paris, moulding it into a "modern city." The reforms will erase generations of history—but in the midst of the tumult, one woman will take a stand.

Rose Bazelet is determined to fight against the destruction of her family home until the very end; as others flee, she stakes her claim in the basement of the old house on rue Childebert, ignoring the sounds of change that come closer and closer each day. Attempting to overcome the loneliness of her daily life, she begins to write letters to Armand, her beloved late husband. And as she delves into the ritual of remembering, Rose is forced to come to terms with a secret that has been buried deep in her heart for thirty years. Tatiana de Rosnay's The House I Loved is both a poignant story of one woman's indelible strength, and an ode to Paris, where houses harbor the joys and sorrows of their inhabitants, and secrets endure in the very walls...

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The audiobook passes quickly, giving listeners a compelling crash course on a pocket of French history while entertaining them with the story of a woman who seems to walk the line between completely rational and utterly daft. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • Tatiana de Rosnay's novel is skillfully narrated by the delightful Kate Reading…Reading's subtle tones and refined accents are pitch-perfect as Rose reveals her most cherished moments and her deepest secrets. AudioFile Magazine
  • If you pick up the audio version, it is only enhanced by Kate Reading's narration. Her French accent complemented the story without being distracting and gave a strong voice to the story's heroine. Columbia Daily Tribune
  • An emotional, poignant story of adoration, loss, and bravery, The House I Loved is an unforgettable listening experience, and highly recommended. The Midwest Book Review
  • Kate Reading's narration transports listeners to the streets of Paris…De Rosnay's prose is enhanced by Reading's stellar narration; she reads with a robust English accent, sprinkling her performance with almost flawless French pronunciations. Publishers Weekly
  • As we get to know Rose (through Kate Reading's voice, her intimate laughter, and the smiles that we can hear in her tone), we begin to wait patiently as she builds the courage to tell us the secret she's kept locked up for most of her life. New World Review
  • An audio book makes a welcome companion on a long drive, provided it's the right one. This fits the bill: absorbing and easy to follow without the complexities that might make it a driving distraction. Newark Star-Ledger

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley Miller | 2/9/2014

    " The setting of this novel is superb. It is Paris during the renovation of 1853-1870 when a major portion of the medieval city was destroyed by the order of Napoleon III to make way for new and modern boulevards, buildings, water and sewer...and much more. I was not familiar with this Parisian event and spent several hours researching it. In my mind, this is always a good outcome for a novel...driving the reader to develop some interest piqued by the work of fiction. The story line itself, a refusal by a property owner to give up possession of her property to the state, promises much tension and confrontation. But Tatiana de Rosnay falls short of my expectation. The first third of the book slogs along as Madame Rose writes a letter to her dead husband about the imminent destruction of his family home. Her ultimate goal of the letter is to tell Armand the dark secret she harbors, having confessed it to no one. It is the writing of the letter that fails to convince the reader of the intensity and passion Madame Rose must feel. Alexandrine, the florist, and Gilbert, the rag-picker, are incomplete major players who might have rescued the flagging exposition, but did not. Perhaps I expected too much of de Rosnay after Sarah's Key which riveted me from the beginning until the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 2/5/2014

    " Started listening to this book.......at the end of the 2nd CD I was thinking......now what did the narrator say? What is this book about? I used to feel I had to finish every book I started but after 5 decades of reading, I have left that obsession behind! Life is too short to waste it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla | 1/29/2014

    " Not as good as Sarah's Key. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bev | 1/28/2014

    " Interesting topic for a novel -- the destruction of the medieval neighbourhoods by Haussman to make way for the new wide boulevards and "modernizing" of Paris in the 1860s, with the resulting impact on people's lives in the process. However, this book was too thin on characters, plot and development to work very well for me -- it would have made a stronger short story or novella. Wee little chapters and lots of white space (empty pages) made it a page flipper as I kept hoping it would eventually grip me. Apparently good research on the era, so the book worked historically, but not as entertainment. Lite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle Meekings | 1/16/2014

    " Didn't love it as much as Sarah's Key. Lady does not want to leave her home when it is being demolished in France. She writes letters to her dead husband as memoir. Well written just not memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 1/16/2014

    " To be honest, this story is a bit depressing. But, listening to it was great because of the accents! It is also full of Paris history that I had no idea happened! Nathalie I think you left this out when we walked all those years ago and you were telling me things about France! :) Leaders of nations can really get out of control! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kalynn Blum | 1/14/2014

    " Not as good as her other two books, Sarah's Key (the best) and A Secret Kept. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie Ricard | 1/10/2014

    " Not as good as her other books but a decent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Redpumpkin94 | 1/10/2014

    " Definitely not as well-written as Sarah's Key...interesting, but just didn't compare "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/2/2014

    " Really loved this story. Once you get used to the cadence, it pulls you in. The overall theme is about loss so a sad tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariska Snijders | 1/1/2014

    " Mooi en meeslepend geschreven. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathalie Melvin | 12/29/2013

    " Still not as good as Sarah's Key....started slow, but got better as I kept reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon Marion | 11/17/2013

    " no comparison to Sarah's Key. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Charlton | 8/28/2013

    " This author wrings your heart. A sad tale set in Paris under Napoleon. The characters and the setting come alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 7/3/2013

    " I would give this a 3.5 rating if possible. Beautifully written historical fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 5/14/2013

    " Horrid book. Started out well, but went downhill. The author must have had to turn this one out quickly! Do not waste your time on it. My sister read it too and feels the exact same way that I do. "

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

    " Not the greatest book ever written, but the historical context of the creation of Paris as we know it now was captivating and made this book worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori Poole | 1/1/2013

    " I am disappointed in this author, after Sarah's Key was so good this book was a poor follow up... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Avila Renne | 11/29/2012

    " Listened to this on audio book. I really enjoyed the storyline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 9/6/2012

    " After devouring and enjoying Sarah's Key, I was expecting to do the same with this book. But I found it hard to get into and very slow. I liked the historical details, the look at everyday life at that time in Paris, but I really didn't enjoy the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nessie | 4/17/2012

    " it was Ok. I was interested in the historical side of it, of hearing about old Paris etc, but everything else was so-so. I did not like the character, she left me cold. I also found it drawn out, I really just wanted the book to end. I had such high hopes for it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ilse | 3/4/2012

    " De verwachtingen waren hoog na "Haar naam is Sarah", maar het lijkt dat de schrijfster ze niet heeft kunnen waarmaken. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Cooke | 1/29/2012

    " Very interesting story but sad. "

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About the Author
Author Tatiana de Rosnay

Tatiana de Rosnay is the author of a number of novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The House I Loved, Sarah’s Key, and A Secret Kept. Her novel Sarah’s Key is the basis for a major motion picture.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received dozens of Earphones Awards. She has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others.