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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,176 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Mayle Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9781415904794
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From Peter Mayle, a wonderful new novel steeped in wine—and the business of wine?and set in, bien sûr, Provence.

Max Skinner is not exactly setting the London financial world on fire?and when his supervisor steals his biggest client, it’s definitely time to inspect the vineyard in Provence that his recently departed uncle left him. Heartily and happily distracted upon his arrival by the landscape, the weather, and the food?not to mention the gorgeous notaire handling the estate and the stunning owner of the local bistro?Max almost forgets about his inherited property.

Which might have been a good idea, because the wine produced there is swill. But then why, Max has to wonder, is his caretaker so anxious to acquire the land? When a beautiful young woman from California arrives with what might be a legitimate claim on the estate, and knowledge of vineyards that far outstrips Max’s own, the plot begins its twists and turns into and out of truly wonderful complications and resolutions.

This is luscious reading?soothing us with the sensual wonders of Provence while it tells a fascinating tale of the hugely lucrative and competitive boutique-wine trade. It is Peter Mayle’s most satisfying, most delectable novel yet.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “A delightful divertissement. . . .plenty of . . . local color, comic dalliances and a feastful of entertainment. The Seattle Times

  • Happily snide (and knowledgeable). . . . Wicked turns of phrase . . . . Quite agreeable, with an insouciant nose . . . perfect for summer reading. Chicago Sun-Times
  • Mayle makes Provence sound like the most enticing place this side of paradise. Reservations, anyone? People
  • Bubbly, light-hearted, good-natured. . . . [Mayle’s] descriptions of food and country ambience. . . live up to his reputation. The Baltimore Sun
  • Fast-moving and fun. . . . a deliciously light-hearted tale. . . . The Provencal life never tasted so good. Rocky Mountain News

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ladypirouette | 2/15/2014

    " Great book. If you like travel stories, all things French and wine, def consider this page-turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/11/2014

    " Want to move into this chateau. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steena | 2/9/2014

    " Refreshing easy read. I was hooked till the end. A must read. Peter Mayle has a knack for describing vividly the most subtle and easily-missed-if-you're-in-a-hurry detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 2/6/2014

    " I enjoyed it. Absolutely nothing like the book apart from the character names & setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Jones | 1/22/2014

    " Cute summer read ... definitely makes me want to have a rich uncle leave me a large home on land planted with vineyards in his will. Of course, guess I didn't need to read this book to want that! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zel | 1/18/2014

    " This book was so much better than the movie. I wouldn't run out to get this book, but it was very easy reading about a life that so many wish they could lead. If you're looking for a great beach read to drift off into your own world, go for this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/11/2014

    " Unconvincing book about wine, the south of France, and a mid-life crisis. Maybe a good year for wine - not so for Mayle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelann | 1/10/2014

    " great novel. my review of the novel is on my phone :p "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/10/2014

    " I've probably seen the movie too many times to fully enjoy the book for what it is. I'd probably give it a 3 1/2 if I could. I just love the imagery of the food, the wine, the sunshine and the scenery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 12/30/2013

    " Not nearly as good as "A Year in Provence." But nice light reading, great for summer vacation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia Copeskey | 12/7/2013

    " If you love the South of France like I do, it's worth reading simply to take in the scenery. Otherwise, the story isn't super complex but entertaining and light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 11/14/2013

    " European charm, perfect sence of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 11/9/2013

    " Loved this book. Just a fun read, nothing serious or deep. I didn't like the movied at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Thing Thing | 10/29/2013

    " Peter Mayle is not good story teller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Holt | 4/27/2013

    " A good yarn, nut the ending didn't work for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian | 12/17/2012

    " Decent, like the movie...a lil confusing, but sunny nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 11/25/2012

    " I got halfway through this book, then felt like I had read it already. After further thought, I checked my Netflix list and realized I watched the movie based on this book almost exactly 4 years ago. I wasn't crazy about the movie, and now I'm not interested in finishing the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 8/5/2012

    " Entertaining travel, food and wine book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 6/29/2012

    " The only problem with this book is that I am reminded that I do not live in the south of France, drinking wine and eating fabulous food! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AnnM | 5/1/2012

    " I little on the fluffy side, but great fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Victoria | 4/17/2012

    " Loved this book! So relaxing & idyllic! Didn't want it to finish! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl Nudds | 1/22/2012

    " Fun read after just returning from Provence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Vrtikapa | 9/17/2011

    " Okay book. Read because I wanted to read it before watching the movie. Both were average. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 9/6/2011

    " Perfectly enjoyable, quick read. The ending was a little boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karina | 7/4/2011

    " One of the few examples where I preferred the story in the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/10/2011

    " Kind of a fun read, but very light and not very developed in character or plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/7/2011

    " Peter Mayle is charming. Also Rread Chasing Cezanne. When you are finished the next best thing to traveling to France is find a French cafe/restaurant of bistro. Have fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 5/1/2011

    " Actually,this is one of my favorite Mayle novels. I prefer his nonfiction but will take what I can get. So much better than the film (which I enjoyed). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 4/18/2011

    " The only problem with this book is that I am reminded that I do not live in the south of France, drinking wine and eating fabulous food! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 4/15/2011

    " Mayle's fiction is just as great as his non-fiction travel essays and memoirs. Ben Chaplin did a great job at narrating this audio version of the book. I really think he would have been a better canidate for the role of Max instead of Russell Crowe in the movie adaptation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 3/21/2011

    " it was alright. I love reading books that are made into movies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie | 3/8/2011

    " Another winner. Every page, no... every paragraph, no... every sentence is a hook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neen | 2/19/2011

    " A pleasant, easy and enjoyabe read - featuring my other favourite things in life - wine and coffee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sasha | 2/5/2011

    " As the short read time might already indicate, I really loved this book. A fantastic piece of well-written escapism fantasy for those of us who occasionally just enjoy a good read without too much pretension. I'd recommend this to pretty much anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/27/2011

    " Read in a day on holiday. Enjoyable if predictable.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 1/23/2011

    " Loved this book. Just a fun read, nothing serious or deep. I didn't like the movied at all. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle is a British author famous for his series of books detailing life in Provence, France. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages and include Toujours Provence, Hotel Pastis, A Dog’s Life, and Chasing Cézanne. A Year in Provence won the British Book Awards “Best Travel Book of the Year.” A recipient of the Legion of Honor from the French government for his cultural contributions, he lives in Provence, France, with his wife.

About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.