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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Mayle Narrator: Ben Chaplin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN: 9780739311844
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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.
  • “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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reagan Ramsey | 2/16/2014

    " a great book about slowing down your life to smell the roses... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Fetterly | 2/3/2014

    " Nice, fun escapist read. Young heir comes to France reluctantly to claim his chateau and vineyard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/27/2014

    " As with others I loved A Year In Provence and I must admit to relishing the idea of being able to live life in an area such as Provence and enjoying a simpler life. The escapism is so captivating. This book was a bit of a disappointment however and I found myself anxious to finish it. I will watch the movie for the first time in a couple weeks when it comes on TV and see if I agree with the critics. In the mean time--on to the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josigirl | 1/15/2014

    " You can't go wrong with any Peter Mayle book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 إديث | 12/21/2013

    " Lovely descriptions of idyllic French provincial lifestyle, bland plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly Busse | 12/20/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars! Loved the movie too! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanna | 12/8/2013

    " An amusing read, but a little disappointing after truly enjoying the gorgeous descriptions and lively prose of some of Mayle's non-fiction works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aisling | 10/26/2013

    " Great escapism, wonderful images of the South of France in a lighthearted setting. Would recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 10/21/2013

    " Great summer/airplane read. I was completely hooked. But, the ending was a let down and I think the movie might be better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 6/27/2013

    " Another entertainment from Peter Mayle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Hornbacher | 3/6/2013

    " Great easy reading. Colorful and joyful to read. I enjoyed the movie and liked the book better. The book is more complex and not so easy. didn't ruin the movie for me, like books usually do. And although not a big fiction reader right now I will be reading more Peter Mayle, I like his style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 2/16/2013

    " European charm, perfect sence of humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donje | 12/19/2012

    " Felt like this book was written in the 80's. Seemed old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 9/3/2012

    " Read this on the plane back from Rome, so it was appropriately set in Europe--France. It was good, light hearted and an easy read. I've read most of Peter Mayle's books, so I might be partial. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 8/23/2012

    " Want to move into this chateau. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 erica | 7/24/2012

    " I like Peter Mayle's memoir's better but this was fun. As a LOVER of France I found lots to be intersted in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn | 3/15/2012

    " Yet another Brit fluff novel - 2 in a row is quite the record for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 10/20/2011

    " This book was a find. I needed something to read on the weekend. Set in Provence it appealed to my French interest. As always I enjoyed the story. I would look forward to reading more by Peter Mayle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Summer | 9/20/2011

    " movie > book. both = formulaic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 8/27/2011

    " This was told with a French accent and is about France so that made it enjoyable to begin with. The story was light, romantic and sweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Staines | 8/23/2011

    " Easy read - not much in it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 8/20/2011

    " Not as wonderful as his "Provence" books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 8/5/2011

    " 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 Camden | 6/12/2011

    " Much better than the movie (as usual) and an interesting commentary on winemaking. Plus, it's always fun to read a story that's set in the french countryside. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Holt | 5/25/2011

    " 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 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.