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Paris On Air

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Join award-winning podcaster Oliver Gee on this laugh-out-loud journey through the streets of Paris.

He tells of how five years in France have taught him how to order cheese, make a Parisian person smile, and convince anyone you can fake French (even if, like Oliver, you speak the language like an Australian cow).

A fresh voice on the Paris scene, he shares the soaring highs
Published April 30th 2020 by Earful Tower Publishing
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Lori Helke
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paris On Air is the first memoir from Oliver Gee the charismatic host of the popular podcast about Paris, The Earful Tower. I'm a huge fan of this podcast because I absolutely adore Paris and have visited twice and I love how real Oliver makes Paris feel to all of us. He strolls through the streets, interviews countless famous Paris residents, and feeds us bite sized pieces of Paris to satisfy those of us that need a "fix" in between trips there and giving those that dream of a trip to Paris som ...more
David Layman
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To be fair, I am prejudiced, because I have followed the author’s podcast and other media for several years. My daughter has been going to a university in Paris the last 4 years, and she recommended the author’s podcast, The Earful Tower. The podcast is wonderful, and Oliver Gee’s window on Paris every week has helped me feel closer to my daughter. Oliver’s interviews make you feel like you are in the same room, and it is impossible not to like him, and you can tell his many contacts in Paris, i ...more
Tony V
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great story and good fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it. I downloaded the ebook from, finished it over the weekend and found myself wishing there were more to read! I discovered Oliver’s videos and podcast while researching a now postponed trip to Paris. His enthusiastic and humorous style, insights and interesting guests are a wonderful look at life and living in Paris. This book is equally entertaining, humorous and insightful. As a youtube and podcast ...more
Blythe Musteric
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully enchanting book! Oliver Gee’s stories of his first few years living and working as an expat in Paris are delightful. His stories are both hilarious and relatable, especially if you’ve ever lived abroad. (I couldn’t help but think of all the embarrassing language mistakes I made while living in Japan while I was reading this book.) I also really appreciated his ability to see cultural differences as simply two unique ways of looking at things. He doesn’t push the narrative of “my wa ...more
Delphine Briere
I am a Parisian and a French woman and very in love with my city. So I am always happy to see that this love is shared. And I discover Oliver Gee's Podcastwork recently but was very enthusisastic about his job and I listened all of the episodes in a quite short time.
And the publishing of his book arrived luckily also in the perfect timing : Lockdown in France. I had quite some difficulty to focus on anything and reading was as never before not so easy for me but it was before I started Oliver's
Carl Boehm
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is gem of a book. The storytelling is fresh. His writing style is clean and punchy. Best of all, the author makes the most of the geographic backdrop: Paris. Oliver's liberal use of the details of his Parisian surroundings add a wealth of delightful context to his well-told stories. This is indeed a good read. ...more
Claudine Bleu, Blonde, Rouge
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and refreshing book from Oliver Gee about his first years in Paris. Even though I knew many of the stories from his wonderful podcast it was still very interesting and a real page turner and filled with surprises. Oliver's positive attitude comes through the pages. It's the perfect light book we need right now. ...more
Stephanie Eubanks
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! Oliver Gee’s writing style is as engaging as his content. The book is a memoir of his first five years living in Paris, and what amazing years they were. You’ll laugh and empathize with his great variety of experiences becoming a Parisian, from Marie Antoinette at his bday BASH in a chateau, no less - to lovely mother Mary, who sheltered him so long ago. And, if you like romance, you’ll also love the story of his meeting and wooing his beautiful, talented wife. Thx, Oliver Gee, ...more
Ivan Barko
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book should be essential reading for anyone planning to live in Paris, short or long term. In a delightful story of his introduction to all things French Oliver Gee’s account resonates with my own experiences. I wish I’d had something like that to read before my first visit. Oliver’s style is light and amusing and eminently readable. Buy it, try it, then book your ticket. In the meantime, check his podcast, ‘The Earful Tower’. (This is Barbara Barko's review.) ...more
Virginia Hanley
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For anyone from somewhere else who has dreamed of living in Paris, Oliver Gee’s memoir is a treat. It wasn’t easy (although simplified by his mom having a British passport); Oliver shares his challenges and triumphs with good humor. I inhaled the book in a couple of days. I smiled, I smirked, I laughed out loud. His easy conversational style left me feeling as if we were already friends. His podcast, The Earful Tower, is also engaging. Try it!
Kerrin-Gai Hofstrand-Easom
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a walk down memory lane for me but for all you Francophiles it is an amazing book of how to navigate France...either as a tourist an ex pat.
I loved EVERY page! Oliver’s voice is in every sentence..his down to earth Australian way comes through and takes you on his can’t help but feel like you are there with him!
I truly loved EVERY page ... and it IS a page turner!
Thank you so much Oliver for letting us in on the way to navigate French life...for all its good and not
Dan Zukowski
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Moveable Dollar Meal

In 1921, Ernest Hemingway arrived in Paris with his wife Hadley as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star. They found a tiny apartment in a neighborhood of drunks and beggars, which the writer himself describes in “A Moveable Feast" as “a two-room flat that had no hot water and no inside toilet facilities except an antiseptic container.”

But the talented and ambitious journalist, looking for something more, was also writing short stories. He soon became part of the cir
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2020
If you are missing Paris because your trip was postponed or because you can’t leave your arrondissement, then this is the perfect book for you. Oliver Gee, the host of The Earful Tower, has written his memoir and it is wonderful.

He adores Paris, and this love is evident throughout. Plus he’s not afraid to speak to Parisians, so he meets some fabulous people and shares their Paris stories. I really enjoyed wandering the streets of Paris with him. Then visiting the French countryside, as he and hi
Joan Burns
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this wonderful first book by Oliver Gee! Please consider contacting him directly for an order in lieu of getting a copy from other on line sources. I have been a loyal follower of Oliver Gee’s podcast, The Earful Tower, for several years. He is a talented, charismatic, intelligent and kind journalist turned podcaster who is now, with the release of Paris On Air, officially an author as well.
This book is a must read for anyone who has already visited France or has yet to discov
Mary Roberts
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m an Australian who has been visiting Paris and France every year for more than 20 years. This book brings back so many memories of both the joys and challenges of spending time in this beautiful country. I was to have been in Paris this month for my annual visit and to visit my family but was unable to go because of the Covid19 pandemic. This book helped me feel I was back once more in Paris walking around the same streets and areas discussed in the book.
As with his podcasts and videos, I lov
Terri Wensley
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished the book this morning, after starting it yesterday. It’s a wonderful look into moving and living in Paris and provides some insights to the culture. The descriptions brought me back to Paris, and have given me wanderlust to finally visit the other parts of France. This is a great read, and can be supplemented with You Tube videos and podcasts at The Earful Tower. Take a trip to Paris (and France) while you’re in home quarantine, you won’t regret it.
Jeffrey Chosid
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m a fan of the Earful Tower and a Patreon supporter. I really enjoyed the book with it’s closer view of Oliver and Lina’s lives.
Judy Blumenstein
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book about Paris, romance, France, and the life of an Australian podcaster and his Swedish bride. Oliver Gee is a wonderful, charming, and engaging podcaster. Who knew that he could translate those traits to writing a memoir? Well, he did it. Not only was the book sharply written, there was also a great flow. He begins with his proposal to Lovely Lina, and then manages to weave his way from his first days in Paris, to the proposal, on up to today. (Well, not today. The book is writ ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended. Aussie fish out of water talks about moving to Paris and making it his home.
Listen to the The Earful Tower on your podcaster of choice before or after you read this book.
Jim Carmichael
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really, really enjoyed this book! Oliver Gee’s first book is a refreshing, romping read of his first five years living in Paris. It’s a love story – falling in love with this city, his new podcast, the lovely Lina, and of course, the Alp Slayer (affectionately known as the Red Beast).
This is the perfect book for every wannabe Parisian, one of the best of its genre that I’ve read. By the time I turned the final page, I felt that I had been educated (I now know what the dot in the letter “i” is
John Hedderman
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A tale well told of a man who takes on Paris with forgivable unease, but punctuates it with fearless leaps into each new story in his life.
I love the grim appearance of bad luck just when life was going almost too well, balanced by sudden heroic good luck when the situation was at its worst.
Oliver makes you cheer him on as he rides.
Tim Mitchell
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Enjoyed it from start to finish - a real page turner that will entertain one and all! Looking forward to the next one :-)
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fabulously entertaining recount of the author’s adventures from when he first thought of moving to Paris to eventually settling there. Highly recommended!
Ei Babb
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Paris on Air” is overflowing with “joie de vivre”! With each chapter I felt as if I was enjoying (and sharing) countless French delicacies w/ good friends. How M. Gee managed to capture the many layers of exploring, establishing and enjoying life in Paris (and France) is remarkable and a delight to read.
Heidi Boyd
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Are you ready to get transported to Paris for a multidimensional and romantic love story? Paris on Air is the book for you!

Oliver's premier book is a post-coming of age, coming of age, memoir.

Paris on Air is complex as a love story because Oliver leads us through him falling in love with Paris, a new career he pioneers for himself, new friends and community, and the love of his life, Lovely Lina.

Oliver bares his heart in an authentic and expressive voice that makes you smile, laugh, whisper Fre
Shelly Bittler
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. A lovely, light-hearted, honest story about moving to the City of Lights - I ignored my phone and read the whole thing in one day. It reminded me why I love Paris, and France, and got me laughing out loud to the point I had to explain to friends nearby. A great read!
Pat Hallam
Oliver Gee is the Australian host of the hugely popular podcast The Earful Tower exploring the lesser-known parts of Paris and Parisians. His enthusiastic, engaging style translates perfectly to the printed word with this entertaining memoir about his arrival and life in Paris.
There are plenty of funny anecdotes about his early 'faux pas' with French culture, why bringing fresh fruit to work is a mistake, and a wedding day to remember (but not for the usual reasons). But there are also percepti
Jack Springer
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This first time book by Oliver Gee sweeps you with him on an extremely entertaining and informative journey as he navigates the delights and pitfalls of a stranger in a strange city - Paris, the City of Lights.

His perspective is both humorous and insightful, his story told in an engaging and congenial style that clearly reflects Oliver’s keen eye and a natural joie de vivre that jumps out from every page.

I would highly recommend this book to anybody who has an affection for Paris, has plans to v
Maria Trenzado
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves entertaining reading
Paris on Air provides the unique, uplifting and entertaining adventures in Paris and throughout France of author, Oliver, and his lovely wife, Lina.

Oliver, the quintessential story teller, allows his readers to share his experiences with his descriptive and humorous writing.

A must read and, definitely, the best new book this year!
Jim McPherson
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paris On Air charms readers from the start. The author invites you to share his experiences living in Paris, from amusing foibles to tragic events. This book serves as a perfect accompaniment to Oliver Gee's podcasts and YouTube videos. Veteran and armchair travelers alike will delight in his descriptions of daily life in the City of Lights. ...more
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Oliver Gee is an Australian in Paris. He runs the award-winning podcast The Earful Tower.

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