Google+ Reading Teen: Audiobook Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Audiobook Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss
By Stephanie Perkins
Narrated by Kim Mai Guest
Length:10 hrs and 29 mins
Release Date:10-11-11
Buy the Audio:  Audible
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Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

The Audio:

Uh...well, I have to admit, I didn't care for this reader very much.  She was ok, but her voice was a tad annoying.  I think Kit's exact words were, "EW!"  I feel like she made Anna sound so whiny and ditzy, and she made St. Clair sound pretentious.  After awhile I did get used to her voice, and it didn't bother me as much, and she's certainly not even close to the worst that I've heard, but overall, I'd say if you're debating between book or audio, go with the book.  Your own voice will probably sound better! :D  If you're looking for a new audiobook, and can get past the voice, then definitely get this one, the story more than makes up for the reader!!  Want to hear for yourself?  Listen to a sample here!

The Book:

J'ADORE this book!!! 

There are some books that you read when you have the time, and there are some books that you make time to read.....and then there's this book.  Time stood still.  I cared about nothing else.  All I could think about were Anna and St. Clair and what was going to happen between them.  I mean Etienne St. Clair....what about that name?!  Je le trouve bien!!  He was so witty and charismatic, and just plain charming!  An American raised in England who speaks fluent French?  *SWOON* Don't get me wrong, there were a couple of times that I just wanted to haul off and slap him, or I wanted Anna to do it, anyway.  It drove me crazy that he could just string Anna along, all the while having a girlfriend that he seemed to have no intention of breaking up with.  UGH!  Drove me crazy!  But isn't that the point?  These characters were so real to me, and I cared so deeply for them.  I still do!  I'm still thinking about them!

I also loved that they all had flaws.  Both physical flaws and character flaws.  Anna has a gap in her teeth and can't to seem handle being alone.  St. Clair is short, bites his nails and has severe phobias about heights and change.  But they don't let their physical flaws consume them, and they work hard to overcome the character flaws when confronted about them.

Did I mention how funny this book is?  I can't tell you how many times I laughed while reading it!  And I don't just mean a little chuckle, I mean full out laughing until tears came out of my eyes.  My family kept giving me strange looks and asking if I was ok.  But laughter wasn't my only emotional reaction! Anna made me nervous, and excited, and angry, and sad, and hopeful, but most of all it just made me deliriously happy!  I smiled and I sighed, and then I smiled some more.  And I'm still smiling!  The best Romantic comedy I've ever read!  :)  C'est magnifique!

  • Sexual Content: Moderate/Heavy
  • Profanity: Heavy
  • Violence: Mild
  • Other Notables: Legal drinking in France


  1. I read the book for this one. I think I'll like it much better if I just stick with that version.

  2. I loved this book. It's too bad that the audio didn't enhance the book like it normally does.

  3. Gosh I liked the book but getting it in audio might not work as well for me. Thanks for giving the review on the audia version.

  4. I loved the book for this one so much, so I don't think I'm going to be giving the audiobook I shot. I totally loved the story! I, like you, burst out laughing at multiple times while I was reading. I'm pretty sure my family thinks I've totally lost it. I loved everything about this book, and totally agree with your review. The characters were just so amazing!

    I hope you like the next one! I haven't read it yet, but heard great things. I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

    1. I loved Lola too!!! It was sooo good! I think I might like Anna a tad better, but they're both awesome!!

  5. I just wasn't as in love with this book as everyone else was. I had an arc of Lola that I wanted to read before it came out so I decided to go back and read Anna's story first. Well while I did like this book there were just a few things about ti that bugged me to it wasn't a 5/5 book for me.

    I'm really glad you enjoyed it though. I know personally I did love Lola's story, it was perfect.

    Thanks for the great review, I've already read the book but it is good to know that the audio isn't any good.

    1. I've heard a couple of people who didn't like it too much. I know Sheepa (who comments a lot here) wasn't in love with it either. I don't read a lot of this type, so that may have something to do with it, but I just (obviously) loved it so much. The audio....not so much! :P

  6. This book is so simple and yet so great!

    1. If you like this one, you should try Scrambled Eggs at Midnight and The Dream Factory by Heather Hepler and Brad Barkley. They are really simple and awesome too! And of course, Lola and the Boy Next Door!

  7. This was one of my top reads last year. You said everything that I said. The characters were so real and fun and it was just perfect :D I rarely read contemporary YA, but I forced this book on all my friends because I loved it so much!

    1. That's me exactly. I hardly ever read contemp either, but I don't ever even have this book at home because I'm constantly loaning it out. It's one of my favorites ever!

  8. My first contemporary YA and I loved. I want St. Clair for me, he's so cute! =)


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