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The Red Notebook

By: Antoine Laurain
Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
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Summary

Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

©2015 Gallic Books (P)2016 Tantor

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"Elegant, witty, lighthearted - and somehow very French." ( Booklist)

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enjoyable

Having read The President's hat, this was a lovely book to listen to. Slightly predictable, but that didn't matter to me and I am not being critical-that was part of the appeal of the story. I enjoyed it and the narration was very soothing. Just what I needed on a lazy Sunday.

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Beautiful Storyline.

I love this book. It is one I have reread often. I decided to buy the audible version and I was not disappointed.
Narration definitely adds a magical depth to certain books, this is one of them.

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Good short pleasant

Totally unnecessary accents
Hated fake french accent and silly feminine voice enjoyed story and characters.

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Simply Sublime

This is my third time at least listening to this wonderfully warm and witty novel. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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A perfect Audible book!

A gem of a story, beautifully constructed, well read ... I really didn’t want it to end! It begins with the stealing of a handbag and ends quite perfectly a few hours later. The plot line is taut yet not predictable. Do listen.

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Delightful

Beautifully and sensitively described. The unfortunate event that leaves the heroine in a temporary coma results in the discovery of her notebook in the stolen and discarded handbag by a stranger...our hero. After clever detective work, Laurain discovers her flat and learns more about her. The story develops further to a satisfying conclusion.

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Nice little story

Very engaging from the beginning. Carries on in the same vain throughout. Only problem was that is was over to quickly.

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Simple but effective

The plot is very straightforward but it’s intriguing. I anticipated a happy ending but finding out how they got there was entertaining.
There was a strong sense of place, I could really feel I was in Paris. But I did not like the narrator adopting a French accent for dialogue. As it was a translation into English it would have been fine for the characters to have English accents! That jarred for me, and was the reason for 4 stars rather than 5 on performance.

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Curiosity a most human attribute!

A wonderful story where curiosity leads people to new places both within themselves and to each other.

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Lovely story - great setting

I really enjoyed this book... Loved the Parisien setting and descriptions.. Great narration by Alex Wyndham - recommend..

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A slight story

Very French, a nice little story. My favorite character was the black cat. Narrator is good.

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  • 12-05-17

Throughly Enjoyable

Intriguing premise that made for a most enjoyable listen from start to finish. Nicely written with a deft and delicate touch

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  • clridenhour
  • 12-06-17

A romantic movie in my head...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to my girlfriends who like romantic love stories with a bit of mystery, humor, and tension.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As a female reader, I loved the character of Laurent. What woman wouldn't want a man to seek her out and fall in love with her only based on what he finds in her pocketbook? After reading this book I immediately went to my closet and put some interesting things in my purse, just in case...

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the scene where Laurent comes to Laure's apartment and calls the cat by name so that her friend assumes that he knows Laure. I also love how he lovingly investigates her apartment.The funniest scene in the book is when his daughter attempts to pass him off as her much older boyfriend. I was laughing out loud at this!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh at the one comical scene and I nearly cried when Laurent's daughter whispered to Laure her father's name and the address of his bookshop. That was so terribly sweet and beautifully written.

Any additional comments?

At first I didn't not like Alex Wyndham's narration - it seemed a bit stiff and a little angry sounding. But as the story progressed it grew on me and I especially enjoyed his portrayal of Laurent's daughter as well as his ex-girlfriend. I would definitely recommend this book to the romantic's out there and would love to see it made into a movie. This is the kind of story I will read more than once.

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  • 08-03-17

Alex Wyndham's narration is spot on.

Loved the story, more please!! I just went on a journey to lovely Paris - Thanks.

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  • Barbara C. Strout
  • 15-05-17

Charming book

Great story. My book club friends will love it for the fact that it involves a book seller and it's Paris setting.
My only wish is that there had been chapter designations.

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  • SusieRohlfs
  • 24-02-18

lovely

this is a wonderful story, listened to it on a lazy afternoon. very well performed.

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  • Tamara Parr - Equine at Parr Performance Body and Energy Work for Horses & other animals
  • 11-09-22

Enjoyable

So we'll written . Characters developed well and story woven nicely. A pleasant diversion t g at made me smile.b

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  • Caryn Sapeli
  • 28-08-22

Beautiful Story, Well Told

I just loved this story. The author takes the reader along on a carefully crafted little mystery, with intriguing characters skillfully developed as the tale unfolds. There are a few twists and turns, and overall strong storytelling. I am keeping this brief so listeners won't have anything spoil their enjoyment of this gem.

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  • Ashley T
  • 28-02-22

Engaging story

Great story! Narrator sounds unnecessarily pretentious. Don't let his tone sway your perception of the main character!

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  • Matt
  • 09-10-21

Listen!

Loved the story, but a little letdown at the end. A delightful listen, for sure.