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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (547 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Hawks Narrator: Tony Hawks Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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Inspired by breathtaking views and romantically dreaming of finding love in the mountains, Tony Hawks impulsively buys a house in the French Pyrenees. Here, he imagines, he will finally fulfil his childhood fantasy of mastering the piano, untroubled by the problems of the world.

However, Tony's hopelessly ill-prepared stumbling into the world of overseas home ownership is perhaps best read as a useful manual of how not to go about buying a house abroad. He foolishly elects to build a swimming pool himself and takes his experience of relationships to a new level when he finds himself co-habiting, not with a beautiful French woman, but with a middle-aged builder from West London.

Yet, as Tony and his friends haplessly attempt to integrate themselves into local village life, they learn more about themselves and each other than they ever thought possible. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/19/2014

    " An fun, light read and an excellent holiday read indeed! I'd never heard of Tony Hawks before but can't wait to read his other books:) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 2/11/2014

    " I was disappointed with this read. It's an easy-going and pleasant travelogue, but not much more. I expected some witty insights or clever humor, but found neither. I've heard great things about this author, and will likely try again with another of his books, but overall I found this book bland and uneventful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/28/2014

    " Fun, quite interesting. Not so good as "One Hit Wonderland" or "Round Ireland with a Fridge" by the same author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona Mckenzie | 1/23/2014

    " I prefer Tony Hawks when his humour is laugh out loud rather than whimsical. Still a pleasant enough diversion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 1/13/2014

    " A funny look at moving to a new country and starting all over. Yes, the story includes the typical language and cultural problems, the remodeling, but this one also includes his humor. Tony is a funny guy. He buys a house almost sight unseen but it works for him. Yeah! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B.B. Scott | 1/3/2014

    " A good read with some good laughs "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Little | 12/25/2013

    " there's a real skill to find entertainment, even meaning in the mundane. Many writers have the talent to illustrate both with a succint economy of words. Sadly Tony Hawks falls short on both counts with this book. Yawn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Lange | 12/13/2013

    " Totally hilarious, British humor at its best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tuck | 12/9/2013

    " not as good at all as "round ireland with a fridge" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Dove | 9/22/2013

    " Every bit as good as his "Round Ireland with a Fridge" and even has the edge, as this contains as much of his usual wit, but with an added extra dose of his feeling for humanity, friendship and always sympathy for the locals. Beautiful to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Collins | 1/14/2013

    " A good read, but possibly not as good as Tony Hawks' prevous titles. Really good fun though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 12/4/2012

    " Really liked this, wasn't so keen on Round Ireland with a fridge which might explain why it took me a few years t get to this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 11/29/2012

    " I read round Ireland with a fridge years ago by the same author and it was fantastic. This book wasn't as slap your knee funny but it was more thoughtful and you can tell Tony has aged and matured. Even if he isn't any wiser. ;-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 8/27/2012

    " Great humorous writing -- makes me want to move to a French countryside and spend a year playing the piano and going to village festivals! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathlyn | 4/18/2012

    " A fun and easy read :). Having gone through the same process I identified with the characters and scenarios. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Buckler | 12/31/2011

    " I would love to do what Tony Hawks did in this book, but I would love it more if it involved him making drunken wagers and going on ridiculous quests instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 7/9/2011

    " Tony is such a fun guy - I wish I knew him - would love to visit him in the Pyrenees! There's actually not much about the piano, but it's fun to read about him settling into his new house and his wacky friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Springer | 3/28/2011

    " Better than average "bonbon" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 1/18/2011

    " Great humorous writing -- makes me want to move to a French countryside and spend a year playing the piano and going to village festivals! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 11/15/2009

    " A funny look at moving to a new country and starting all over. Yes, the story includes the typical language and cultural problems, the remodeling, but this one also includes his humor. Tony is a funny guy. He buys a house almost sight unseen but it works for him. Yeah! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tuck | 2/24/2009

    " not as good at all as "round ireland with a fridge" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 10/22/2008

    " Tony is such a fun guy - I wish I knew him - would love to visit him in the Pyrenees! There's actually not much about the piano, but it's fun to read about him settling into his new house and his wacky friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 9/9/2008

    " Fun, quite interesting. Not so good as "One Hit Wonderland" or "Round Ireland with a Fridge" by the same author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 7/27/2008

    " I would love to do what Tony Hawks did in this book, but I would love it more if it involved him making drunken wagers and going on ridiculous quests instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 7/21/2008

    " Filled time, but not my expectations - I might consider giving his other books a try, but I didn't find this one particularly insightful or clever ... just "there". "

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