Learning French again - audiobook recommendations?

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jasonb
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Post by jasonb » January 13th, 2017, 8:58 pm

Hi All,

I am learning French again after a 20+ year hiatus from school French from 4th grade through 10th grade. I am using Duolingo, but even going through every lesson I won't reach fluency. Since relocating to a French speaking country is not possible right now, I thought I would listen to audiobooks as I follow along in the book.

Can anyone recommend some more beginner texts to listen to here on LV? At least I know if they are here I will easily find links to the ebooks versions in the Completed projects thread.

Preferably native speakers but honestly as long as the pronunciation is good I don't think it really matters.

Thanks!
Regards,
Jason (back) in Canada

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Post by jasonb » January 13th, 2017, 11:07 pm

I found Heidi, by Johanna Spyri, and also I noticed by the same reader 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. Both stories I am somewhat familiar with, and I think Heidi could be a good starter, and then I will follow with 20k Leagues.

I think that I will most likely be stopping and starting a lot, as I play to make sure to look up any unfamiliar words as I am listening.

Hopefully, by the time I listen to a few dozen books and finish my lessons by the end of this year I will be functionally fluent.
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Jason (back) in Canada

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Post by ezwa » January 22nd, 2017, 8:25 am

Bonjour Jason,

Fables of La Fontaine et of Florian might be a good place to start, as well as the "Il était une fois ..." collections 001, 002 and 003 (children's stories/fairy tales).

If you're familiar with Jules Verne's work, there are a few solo and collaborative recordings of his books.

Bon apprentissage !
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Post by Redpill » January 28th, 2017, 2:55 am

I can't recommend any specific French audiobook, but I wanted to say that you should search for podcasts. I have started to learn Italian and I have found some free podcasts that not only fun to listen to, but really help with vocabulary and pronunciation.

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