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Pancakes in Paris

Living the American Dream in France
Narrated by: Donald Corren
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

Paris was practically perfect - although for Craig Carlson one thing was still missing: the good ol' American breakfast he loved so much.

Craig was the last person anyone would have expected to open an American diner in Paris. He came from humble beginnings in a working-class town in Connecticut, had never worked in a restaurant, and didn't know anything about starting a brand-new business. But from his first visit to Paris, Craig knew he had found the city of his dreams.

Pancakes in Paris is the story of Craig tackling the impossible - from raising the money to fund his dream to tracking down international suppliers for "exotic" American ingredients, and even finding love along the way. His diner, Breakfast in America, is now a renowned tourist destination, and the story of how it came to be is just as delicious and satisfying as the classic breakfast that tops its menu.

©2016 Craig Carlson (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Donald Corren's engaging performance highlights Carlson's roller-coaster experience.... While most of the accents and pronunciations are spot-on and capture the nuances of the French people in the book, some deliberately imperfect pronunciations add an authentic flavor of an American trying to fit in. Ever entertaining are Corren's perfectly delivered comments on the sometimes passionate, sometimes laissez-faire Gallic responses to the various situations that make Carlson's journey both difficult and rewarding." ( AudioFile)

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  • Sarah
  • 04-01-19

A beautful and fun book about Paris Life.

Craig tells such a fun and engaging story of his life, moving to Paris, and the tribulations of owning a business there. I have listened to the book at least 6 times with my husband, and we had a chance to dine at BIA our last 2 visits to Paris. Stop by and meet Craig! Get the book, you will love it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-17

I want to go....

BIA, and Paris. The then child, listened to the coincidences of the universe when the whispers of FRENCH influences and the many lures of PARIS fluttered throughout his life. And then, a plan, hard work determination and a bit a serendipity, faith and fate . . . all paid off. cute, funny and most of all inspirational. I most enjoy successes of a dream.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-17

Loved this book!

This book was recommended by a person I met briefly at a meeting in Paris near Bread and Roses. As soon as I returned to the states, I downloaded it and it was like being in Paris again! Well, almost. A must read for anyone considering starting a business in Paris! Thank you for the wonderful storytelling!

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  • K. Lawrence
  • 27-03-17

a delightful story of love and Paris

Craig weaves a beautiful true story of his life in Paris. If you are a foodie or a Francophile, you will love this book! Just get it already.

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  • T. Paulauskas
  • 26-10-20

Diner Pancakes

Charming story, whose tales of French laws regarding business operations are sure to discourage an entrepreneur from a business there. Great narration. Hard book to put down.

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  • dawesg
  • 19-10-20

Fun listen!

You can picture yourself right there with Craig following the dream, the joys, the countless frustrations & endless challenged and finally the incredible successes!

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  • Trevor Hayes
  • 06-10-20

Against all Odds

Being a retired businessman in Africa I could identify with the struggle to open, operate and grow BIA. The laws, esp the labour laws in France are insane, it's a wonder that any businesses operate there at all.

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  • Susan S
  • 01-09-20

Hysterically funny!

I loved this book! The narrator was the perfect choice for it. He made it come to life. Highly recommend!

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  • Leah
  • 11-10-16

On my bucket list now...

Where does Pancakes in Paris rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wayyyy up there! I thought the whole book would be about the customers but once I got into it, I began to learn. A lot. About customs, and laws, and the huge task of opening a business, and finding oneself in the midst of the whole thing! Whew! How exhausting and utterly thrilling-this great accomplishment!

What about Donald Corren’s performance did you like?

His voice is so clear and enthusiastic without being overly dramatic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The meeting and being accepted by 'Elizabeth' A feeling Mr. Carlson needed forever but especially at that time in his life. What a precious jewel she is! A mommy knows when a boy needs love and acceptance just as he is. Bless her loving heart!

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I've never entertained the idea of going to Paris but now.....I have added it to my bucket list, however short it is. I really want to go to B.I.A.! I really do!

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  • MaryAnnM
  • 05-01-17

Interesting read!

3.5 stars. I enjoyed the book. I pretty much love anything Paris so that drew me in immediately. I'm not sure why but I felt like the second half dragged a bit. I hope I get a chance to go back to Paris so I can stop at Breakfast in America!