The Paris Winter by Olen Steinhauer audiobook

The Paris Winter: A Novel

By Imogen Robertson  and Olen Steinhauer
Read by Rebecca Night  and David Pittu

Macmillan Audio 9781250051837
11.35 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781427251961

There is but one Paris. Vincent Van Gogh Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris, she quickly realizes, is no place for a light purse. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling decadence of the Belle Epoque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, she stumbles upon an opportunity when Christian Morel engages her as a live-in companion to his beautiful young sister, Sylvie. Maud is overjoyed by her good fortune. With a clean room, hot meals, and an umbrella to keep her dry, she is able to hold her head high as she strolls the streets of Montmartre. No longer hostage to poverty and hunger, Maud can at last devote herself to her art. But all is not as it seems. Christian and Sylvie, Maud soon discovers, are not quite the darlings they pretend to be. Sylvie has a secret addiction to opium and Christian has an ominous air of intrigue. As this dark and powerful tale progresses, Maud is drawn further into the Morels' world of elegant deception. Their secrets become hers, and soon she is caught in a scheme of betrayal and revenge that will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.

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Summary

Summary

A People Pick of the Week

There is but one Paris.
Vincent Van Gogh

Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris, she quickly realizes, is no place for a light purse. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling decadence of the Belle Epoque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, she stumbles upon an opportunity when Christian Morel engages her as a live-in companion to his beautiful young sister, Sylvie.
Maud is overjoyed by her good fortune. With a clean room, hot meals, and an umbrella to keep her dry, she is able to hold her head high as she strolls the streets of Montmartre. No longer hostage to poverty and hunger, Maud can at last devote herself to her art.
But all is not as it seems. Christian and Sylvie, Maud soon discovers, are not quite the darlings they pretend to be. Sylvie has a secret addiction to opium and Christian has an ominous air of intrigue. As this dark and powerful tale progresses, Maud is drawn further into the Morels' world of elegant deception. Their secrets become hers, and soon she is caught in a scheme of betrayal and revenge that will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Paris Winter is a wonderful novel, an utterly transportive and richly detailed amalgam of historical fiction and spellbinding thriller. Imogen Robertson brings Belle Époque Paris vividly to life in all its light and shadow, beauty and squalor, glory and treachery. Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
Deliciously chilling and dangerous. The plot and characters are absolutely mesmerizing, drawing you in to their world like the opium itself. Karen Maitland, author of Company of Liars
Imogen Robertson has written an enthralling novel. With its beguiling characters, deliciously twisted storyline, and setting in a city that is sometimes seductively glamorous, sometimes shivery with menace, The Paris Winter is an absolute treat for lovers of historical fiction. Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier’s Wife
Rich as a ripened red wine, The Paris Winter intoxicates and satisfies the reader's darkest desires to be mysteriously entranced. With dazzling Belle Époque detail and nail-biting plot, Robertson stylishly paints a historical thriller of intrigue and treachery that will have you staying up late to the very last page drop. A compulsive read. I couldn't put it down. Erika Robuck, Bestselling Author of Hemingway's Girl
Dramatic and teeming with intrigue, The Paris Winter is a richly detailed historical novel that both thrills and satisfies. Shelf Awareness
A charming, fast-paced thriller People, Book of the Week
Robertson is skillful at conjuring up not only a twisty, gripping plot, but also compelling characters . . . these multidimensional characters and Robertson's descriptions of Belle Epoque Paris – even of rats in ancient, flooding cellars – make the reader want to visit, even for a day. BookPage
Paints a dark, evocative portrait of the turbulent era, highlighting the limits placed on women . . . instead of centering on a conventional love story like similar historical works, the dramatic, intriguing, richly detailed historical novel is held together by the tensile strength of the women's friendship. Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review
Both a romantic novel and a thriller, in the best possible ways. Spencer Daily Reporter
I must have breathed while reading THE PARIS WINTER, but I could not say when. Robertson's dark tale in the City of Light will haunt the reader long after closing its pages. Erika Robuck, Bestselling Author of Hemingway's Girl
“Once the seeds of intrigue are planted, the scope of the book is expanded to encompass murderous plots, shady Parisian undersides, upper-class dealings, gems of history and gems – as in jewels. The women are heartwarming as friends and delightfully effective as crime fighters. With a twisty, well-crafted plot, this novel is rich in historical detail and robust with personality. Kirkus, starred review
The Paris Winter is a wonderful novel, an utterly transportive and richly detailed amalgam of historical fiction and spellbinding thriller. Imogen Robertson brings Belle Époque Paris vividly to life in all its light and shadow, beauty and squalor, glory and treachery.” Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author of Lincoln’s Rival
“A charming, fast-paced thriller.” People, Book of the Week
“This rousing novel by Robertson starts calmly enough…Maud, Tanya, and Yvette are such distinct, likable characters that if there were no more plot than their striving for their own livelihoods it would be a lovely novel. Luckily, for lovers of adventure, there is more. The Morels are far more dangerous than they appear, and once the seeds of intrigue are planted, the scope of the book is expanded to encompass murderous plots, shady Parisian undersides, upper-class dealings, gems of history, and gems—as in jewels. The women are heartwarming as friends and delightfully effective as crime fighters. With a twisty, well-crafted plot, this novel is rich in historical detail and robust with personality.” Kirkus Reviews (starred reviews)
“Dramatic and teeming with intrigue, The Paris Winter is a richly detailed historical novel that both thrills and satisfies.” Shelf Awareness
“Rich as a ripened red wine, The Paris Winter intoxicates and satisfies the reader’s darkest desires to be mysteriously entranced. With dazzling Belle Époque detail and nail-biting plot, Robertson stylishly paints a historical thriller of intrigue and treachery that will have you staying up late to the very last page drop. A compulsive read. I couldn’t put it down.Sarah McCoy, author of the international bestseller The Baker’s Daughter
“Deliciously chilling and dangerous. The plot and characters are absolutely mesmerizing, drawing you in to their world like the opium itself.” Karen Maitland, bestselling author of The Gallows Curse
“Imogen Robertson has written an enthralling novel. With its beguiling characters, deliciously twisted storyline, and setting in a city that is sometimes seductively glamorous, sometimes shivery with menace, The Paris Winter is an absolute treat for lovers of historical fiction.” Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier’s Wife
“I must have breathed while reading The Paris Winter, but I could not say when. Robertson’s dark tale in the City of Light will haunt the reader long after closing its pages.” Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl
“Night’s voice is sweet, and she does well with accents.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by CMRS 9/13/2017
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Narration is awful

I think this would have been a fantastic book to read, but listening to it being read by a non-professional ruined it for me. It really bugs me that I paid for the privilege of hearing words mispronounced and having to figure out the intended phrasing of the text when the narrator made constant mistakes in phrasing. She doesn't seem to understand sentence structure, and she can be heard swallowing loudly throughout. I feel like I wasted my money.
by Downpour.com 9/13/2017

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Author

Author Bio: Olen Steinhauer

Author Bio: Olen Steinhauer

Olen Steinhauer is a New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, whose work has won the Dashiell Hammett Award, been a two-time Edgar Award finalist, and was shortlisted for the Anthony, the Macavity, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the Barry awards.

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Author Bio: Imogen Robertson

Author Bio: Imogen Robertson

Imogen Robertson studied Russian and German at Cambridge University and has worked as a television, film, and radio director. In 2007 she won the Telegraph’s First Thousand Words of a Novel competition with what would become Instruments of Darkness, her first novel. She currently lives in London.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 11.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English