June 1, 2014 by CJC
Reading a book whilst listening to its audio version is excellent for improving, in one fell swoop, your reading skills, your listening skills and your French pronunciation, and enjoying yourself at the same time!
The renowned French publisher Hachette has a small but nice collection of Easy Readers called “Lire en français facile” (LFF), where each title comes with its own CD. They are very reasonably priced: 6.46€ in book form (from Amazon.fr, for example), or 5.49€ in Epub format (downloadable from the Fnac website, for instance). For more information on these titles, you can have a look here:
In this collection, they have books for children, teens and adults, and the books are clearly labelled with their corresponding European proficiency levels: A1, A2, B1 and B2. So, if you’ve always dreamt of reading a shorter, simplified version of “Les Trois Mousquetaires” (A2), “Le Comte de Monte-Cristo” (B1) or “Les Misérables” (A2 & B1), these books are made for you!
Personally, if you’re at Level B2, I would recommend you go for the 2 Simenon books in the series: “Maigret tend un piège” & “La tête d’un homme”.
Please note that for many books which are more than 70 years old, and thus not subject to copyright any more, you can find the original text on WikiSource, and the audio-files on: http://www.litteratureaudio.com, for FREE.
And of course, there are also many sites selling French books on CD or as MP3 downloads, such as:
– Mostly fiction: http://www.audible.fr
– Non fiction: http://devivevoix.com/
Bonne écoute et bonne lecture !