The House I Loved

Tatiana de Rosnay, read by Kate Reading

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Sarah’s Key and A Secret Kept comes an absorbing new novel about one woman’s resistance during an époque that shook Paris to its very core.
 
Paris, France: 1860’s. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman has set into motion a series of large-scale renovations that will permanently alter the face of old Paris, moulding it into a “modern city.” The reforms will erase generations of history—but in the midst of the tumult, one woman will take a stand.

 Rose Bazelet is determined to fight against the destruction of her family home until the very end; as others flee, she stakes her claim in the basement of the old house on rue Childebert, ignoring the sounds of change that come closer and closer each day. Attempting to overcome the loneliness of her daily life, she begins to write letters to Armand, her beloved late husband. And as she delves into the ritual of remembering, Rose is forced to come to terms with a secret that has been buried deep in her heart for thirty years. Tatiana de Rosnay's The House I Loved is both a poignant story of one woman’s indelible strength, and an ode to Paris, where houses harbor the joys and sorrows of their inhabitants, and secrets endure in the very walls...

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THE HOUSE I LOVED (MY BELOVED)

I can hear them coming up our street. It is a strange, ominous rumble. Thuds and blows. The floor aquiver under my feet. There are shouts too. Men’s voices, loud and excited. The whinny of horses, the stamp of hooves. It sounds like a battle, like in that hot and dreadful July when our daughter was born, or that bloody time when the barricades went up all over the city. It smells like a battle. Stifling clouds of dust. Acrid smoke. Dirt and rubble. I know the Hôtel Belfort has been destroyed, Gilbert told me.

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“The audiobook passes quickly, giving listeners a compelling crash course on a pocket of French history while entertaining them with the story of a woman who seems to walk the line between completely rational and utterly daft.” – Fort Worth Star-Telegram

 

“Tatiana de Rosnay’s novel is skillfully narrated by the delightful Kate Reading…Reading’s subtle tones and refined accents are pitch-perfect as Rose reveals her most cherished moments and her deepest secrets.” – AudioFile Magazine

 

“If you pick up the audio version, it is only enhanced by Kate Reading’s narration. Her French accent complemented the story without being distracting and gave a strong voice to the story’s heroine.” – Columbia Daily Tribune

 

“An emotional, poignant story of adoration, loss, and bravery, The House I Loved is an unforgettable listening experience, and highly recommended.” – The Midwest Book Review

 

“Kate Reading’s narration transports listeners to the streets of Paris…De Rosnay’s prose is enhanced by Reading’s stellar narration; she reads with a robust English accent, sprinkling her performance with almost flawless French pronunciations.” – Publishers Weekly

 

“As we get to know Rose (through Kate Reading’s voice, her intimate laughter, and the smiles that we can hear in her tone), we begin to wait patiently as she builds the courage to tell us the secret she’s kept locked up for most of her life.” – New World Review

 

An audio book makes a welcome companion on a long drive, provided it’s the right one. This fits the bill: absorbing and easy to follow without the complexities that might make it a driving distraction.” – Newark Star-Ledger


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THE HOUSE I LOVED by Tatiana de Rosnay | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE HOUSE I LOVED . Amid Baron Haussmann's demolition of her <em>quartier<em>, a woman refuses to leave her home in de Rosnay's latest (<em>Sarah's Key<em>, 2008, etc.).
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Tatiana de Rosnay, read by Kate Reading

TATIANA DE ROSNAY is the author of ten novels, including the New York Times bestselling novel Sarah’s Key, an international sensation with over 4 million copies sold in thirty-five countries worldwide that has now been made into a major film to be released in Spring, 2011. Together with Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer, and Stieg Larsson, she was named one of the top ten fiction writers in Europe in 2009.  Tatiana lives with her husband and two children in Paris, where she is at work on her next novel.

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The House I Loved
Tatiana de Rosnay, read by Kate Reading

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
February 2012
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427214867
ISBN10: 1427214867
Audio Run Time: 5:56
$14.99

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
February 2012
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427214850
ISBN10: 1427214859
Audio Run Time: 5:30
$29.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
February 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312593308
ISBN10: 0312593309
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$25.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250012883
ISBN10: 1250012880
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$14.99

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St. Martin's Press
February 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429950473
ISBN10: 1429950471
240 pages
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