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Vintage 1954

Narrated by: Roger May
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

When Hubert Larnaudie invites some fellow residents of his Parisian apartment building to drink an exceptional bottle of 1954 Beaujolais, he has no idea of its special properties. 

The following morning, Hubert finds himself waking up in 1950s Paris, as do antique restorer Magalie, mixologist Julien, and Airbnb tenant Bob from Milwaukee, who's on his first trip to Europe. After their initial shock, the city of Edith Piaf and An American in Paris begins to work its charm on them. 

The four delight in getting to know the French capital during this iconic period whilst also playing with the possibilities that time travel allows. But, ultimately, they need to work out how to get back to 2017, and time is of the essence....

©2019 Antoine Laurain (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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"The very quintessence of French romance...." (The Times)

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A most magical book.

Not only a fascinating premise, but a most uplifting storyline. It really was one of the best and most original books that I've 'read' in years.

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Always a joy

A charming, tongue in cheek tale with that expert yet gentle touch of the master. I enjoy the play of humour, romance and wonderful characters all showcased with vivid imagination. The book leaves one in a good mood and a touch uplifted too. Lovely read.

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A good summer read

A gentle story, with great pace,beautifully written and read with sensitivity. A refreshing change.

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gentle and quirky

I enjoyed this and will probably listen again, a real fairy story. the translation wasn't the best, and I found the narration a bit wishy washy, but despite this well worth a listen.

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  • Sally C
  • 02-03-20

Entertaining

The best thing, imho, is the narration. Roger May’s command if the different voice, and his acting, is phenomenal.

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  • John
  • 09-09-19

21st century “Twilight Zone” story

What a short fun read “Vintage 1954” turned out to be! Loved the story line and how everything was tied together!

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  • Robin
  • 10-07-19

Can’t go wrong with this author’s books

I liked this book, just not as much as his previous titles. The thing about Antoine Laurain is that he speaks to what can happen when quirks of everyday life evolve in such a way as to become meaningful. The stories are most charming. This book is a departure in that the plot is not drawn from the everyday. Worth a listen, however.