[Download] Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris By Jennifer L. Scott

Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris

By: Jennifer L. Scott
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
Length: 5 hours
Release date: Jun 24, 2013
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (42 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5)

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When Jennifer Scott arrived at the doorstep of a grand Sixteenth Arrondissement apartment as a foreign exchange student, she was greeted by the woman who would become her mentor and the inspiration for the way she lived long after her time abroad was over. Madame Chic took the casual California teenager under her wing, revealing the secrets of how the French elevate the little things in life to the art of living.

Each chapter of Lessons from Madame Chic reveals a valuable secret Jennifer learned while under Madame Chic's tutelage in Paris-tips you can incorporate into your own life, no matter where you live or the size of your budget. Embracing the classically French aesthetic of quality over quantity, aspiring Parisiennes will learn to master the art of eating (deprive yourself not), dressing (the ten-item wardrobe), grooming (le no-makeup look), and living à la française. From entertaining with easy flair and formality to cultivating allure while living an active, modern life, Lessons from Madame Chic is the essential handbook for anyone wanting to incorporate that Parisian je ne sais quoi into her daily life.
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32 Responses to “[Download] Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris By Jennifer L. Scott”

  1. Coreen Branski

    Horrific Narration and Copy-Cat concepts
    Nasal, computerized-sounding American accented narrator whose pronunciation of French is embarrassingly juvenile and unstudied. The author should be fined for plagiarism — lifting exact phrases and concepts from Mireille Guiliano’s “French Women…” series.

  2. Charolette Abud

    I needed this book 20 years ago.
    Enticing “read.” The author is so adorable that even the narrator’s reading blunders were cute.

    Most of the lessons are smart and in line with how I have been living my life since about 40. Some lessons still rubbed me the wrong way. But, those feelings were only for a brief moment. I easily started reflecting on why something would be rub me the wrong way.

    That is my take away from this book: reflection on life, habits, style, happiness and more.

  3. Pa Meeroff

    This book is…
    pretentious and self-absorbed. I was not able to finish it so i gave up and marked it finished.

  4. Earnest Hilley

    Not what I expected
    When the subtitle of the book says 20 stylish secrets, I expect to hear secrets related to how to dress etc. There was very little of that. I agree with some other reviewers on service that the advise in the book is very simplistic and elementary and I didn’t learn anything new at all. In addition, the narration was terrible and I couldn’t wait to get through the book, I felt like the entire book was read to me by Siri, very monotonous.

  5. Pamila Prodoehl

    Could’ve enjoyed it more with a different narrator
    Love the overall message of the book. Though sometimes the author sounds preachy and a bit snobby. The narrator is so breathy in her speech that it’s distracting.

  6. Margart Parat

    Embarrassingly bad French pronunciation
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

  7. Claribel Wiersma

    Needs new narrator
    I love the story, but I had a hard time getting past the narrator. I hope it’s re-recorded. Great message in the book!

  8. Tarah Terwilliger

    4 stars
    A fun story with some good lessons, terrible narrator. She sounds like a breathy computer

  9. Toby Cleverly

    J’adore Lessons from Madame Chic
    I loved. The makeup section was somewhat tiring, but the rest of the book more than makes up for that.

  10. Devon Brandel

    Lessons from Madame Chic
    The content did not disappoint, but the narrator was very hard to listen too. I almost quit, but persevered.

  11. Robert Christopher callahan II

    Although obvious observations on how to make life better, the author writes in an inspiring way and with simplicity to help you make changes in your life. Really enjoyed the read.

  12. Moises Tadych

    Beautiful and Inspiring
    I enjoyed every moment of listening to this book. I even went ahead to purchase the hardcovers too. Thank you Jennifer and Amy for sharing your gift with the world. 💕

  13. Hugh T.

    I truly loved this book!!!
    I will be listening to it again again.
    I learned a lot about the Parisian culture and I’m grateful for this book.

  14. Ola Gavel

    lovely content
    I enjoyed the author’s story but the narration was not to my taste. It didn’t fit with the content. very distracting. I wish I had just read the book.

  15. Eliseo B.

    Worst Narrator!
    The book itself was somewhat charming – though laughably absurd in a few parts – but the narrator sounds like a computer generated voice. Horrible! I considered buying another of Ms. Scott’s books, but the narrator is the same and I just can’t take any more of the Siri-ish narration.

  16. Kaley Galloway

    Wishing I could go to Paris, but this book gave the next best experience.

    Thank you so very much. Goodbye

  17. Tiera Damrow

    This is great if you’re a 30-something white woman. Not many tips for anyone else outside those parameters

  18. Maria B.

    This is THE book for the modern woman/girl! It totally beyond my expectations. The author passionately shows you how you can live an adventurous and spontaneous life, and how to find pleasure in even the most mundane things. Also includes genius beauty tips! 🙂

  19. Vannessa Pitorak

    What a lovely and thoughtful book! I thoroughly enjoyed the content and message. Initially I thought the person reading was a simulated voice. It did not seem to match the passion of the book. Nonetheless, the lessons offered make the book worth a second listen!

  20. Otha Revering

    So Contrived!
    The whole book comes across as a holier-than-thou lecture on how to live, filled with overused anecdotes and common sense suggestions that we’ve all heard a million times before. Suggestion include such “novel” ideas as enjoy the simple things in life, live life in the moment, when shopping go for quality over quantity. Wow, never would have thought of that!

    The narration was absolutely horrible, one of the worst narrators I’ve heard here on service. Narrator’s voice comes across as arrogant and often sounds like an automated computerized voice, a la Suri. At one point I actually wondered if it was a computerized device reading the book.

    Some of the suggestions in the book are completely ludicrous, like the entire chapter devoted to reducing your wardrobe for each season down to a mere 10 items (no kidding!) and wearing those same 10 articles of clothing over and over each week. Can you imagine wearing the exact same skirt three times in one week to work? Or, the same shirt multiple times a week to work? It was pretty much at this point that I realized what a waste of time this book was going to be.

    At times it felt like much of the book was just completely made up or exaggerated for the sake of coming up with material for a book. For example, the comparison the author kept making between the two families she spent her time with sounded very fake and manufactured. How convenient that they lived in such completely opposite styled homes, wore completely different clothing, threw completely different parties with completely different food, etc… Again, just sounded so contrived. The whole book feels contrived!

    This book is another one of those that paints the lifestyle of Parisians as being far superior to those of Americans, almost to the point of bashing America. So sick of this kind of mentality.

    I found this book very disappointing and can’t recommend it. I long for a book that takes me to France and gives me a true feeling of what it would be like to live there. Any suggestions?

  21. Josiah L.

    Excellent guidebook for all women!
    What made the experience of listening to Lessons from Madame Chic the most enjoyable?

  22. Trey Hermance

    What a preachy, self-important brat.
    Would you try another book from Jennifer L. Scott and/or Amy Rubinate?

  23. Camellia Loiacono

    Liked it a lot
    Where does Lessons from Madame Chic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  24. Odell Shoals

    Great Reflections of the Lessons of Madame Chic
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  25. Robert R.

    Pretentious Beyond Belief
    Any additional comments?

  26. Shirlee Kawulok

    Pleasant Opinion Piece
    Where does Lessons from Madame Chic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  27. Ana A

    This book was very entertaining and an easy listen. Good tips on lifestyle and self motivation. The narration was bland, almost robotic which did not match the style of the book. I enjoyed it overall.

  28. Solomon Poarch

    Nice reminders for living well
    This book offers nice reminders as to what it means to live well. Enjoying food, nature, good company, finer things are all elements that get lost in our fast everything culture. This book offers great tips on how to slow down out break-neck speed lives and begin to live a put together easygoing life. I find it nice.
    Most of the advice in the book is by no means unique to France or as a result of classy aspirations. I spent six months in London. Buying only what you need for the day, walking everywhere even for leisure was a result of small flat space, easy reliable public transport, and horrible car traffic. It’s a necessity really. (Hauling a weeks worth of groceries by foot would be no fun). These things can’t quite easily be duplicated in every state in America. A ten item wardrobe bores me and is not conducive to my lifestyle. I skipped this section all together. You can be chic with a 10 or 50 item wardrobe if you know what works well.

    The narrator made the book such a bore at times. Much like an uninspired lecture. Words are lively. The delivery was not.

  29. Mary

    Do people really not know most of this stuff?
    Would you try another book from Jennifer L. Scott and/or Amy Rubinate?

  30. Krishna R.

    Thank you!
    Love this dear book that encourages living life well & passionately. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your experiences. The 10 piece wardrobe philosophy was life changing for me & a much needed shift in turning away from materialism. Superb!

  31. Ebonie Sivley

    Ahhh, Paris . . .
    This story transports your mind to Paris. The people, the culture. Lessons she learned & how to live a passionate life. This one is a keeper to listen to over & over.

  32. Cedric Gyaki

    Just a hint of pretension
    The suggestions are nice, but fail to take into account different cultures, lifestyles, budgets, and so on. French culture certainly has its positive aspects, but oftentimes in this book the author failed to see positive aspects of American culture and lifestyle. It seemed very one-sided and rather pretentious.

    The reader was robotic and mispronounced many words, making the book oftentimes difficult to get through. Interesting choice.

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