Updated: Aug 25, 2020
Paris Mends Broken Hearts
A short story by Kaya Quinsey
Audiobook narrated by N. MacCameron
Genre: Women's Fiction
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
What's It About?
'Paris Mends Broken Hearts' is a sweet, enduring, short-story of Gwendoline Delacroix's recovery after the devastating loss of her husband in WWII, set against the backdrop of post-war Paris.
Quinsey's story is written linearly and is evenly paced, without any sudden twists or surprises, which makes for smooth listening. She uses simple but clear language - I would have loved to have seen a deeper description of the character's emotions, especially Gwendoline. N. MacCameron's narration is exquisitely crisp and clear - although I personally found it a little too slow, this was easily rectified by speeding up the Audible narration a little.
What Did I Like About This Audiobook?
Clearly a French native, MacCameron's nuance in the dialogue is delightful and gives the story that quintessential French-feel. She brings some of the quirkier characters to life by emphasising her French accent while narrating in English. Quinsey's uncluttered descriptions of Paris and MacCameron's authentic delivery took me straight back to the cobbled streets and cafes of my most favourite city in the world. The smattering of French phrases was just enough to give the listener a flavour of France without tripping them up with misunderstanding.
Who Would Enjoy This Audiobook?
Anyone who enjoys a sweet, feel-good, simply told tale - great for snuggling on the couch on a rainy day when you have an hour and a half to yourself. It is only a short story, so is great if you are pressed for time. This audiobook is not for those seeking high angst or drama - it is a cosy read / listen.
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