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Thursday, November 14, 2013
I've been crazy busy working on a recording that has required more 'prep' time than any other book I've done thus far. The title is The Ladies' Paradise by Emile Zola. If that title sounds slightly familiar it's because it's been adapted for the screen and is currently being shown on PBS Masterpiece Classic as "The Paradise." I love the series and became curious about the book. After beginning the book, I just knew that I wanted to record this story. However, since the book was originally in French (the location was moved from Paris to London for the Masterpiece series), there are a ton of French place and surnames to research. So, I read the book first without worrying about the French. Then I began a second reading to note each French word (and a few other words here and there) that needed to be checked for proper pronunciation. Thank goodness for sites like forvo.com!
My publisher is good with my taking the time to narrate this one and I'm really glad about that since I hope to introduce audiobook listeners who liked the series to the original story. The book is much grittier than the world shown in the series and, of course, there's a lot more background on the characters and their lives. However, I feel that the series definitely caught the spirit of Mouret and Denise!
I'll post again on my progress and when it's available for sale on Audible. At this point I've recorded approximately 1/4th of the book. Lots more to go but the story is well worth it.