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3.98 out of 53.98 out of 53.98 out of 53.98 out of 53.98 out of 5 3.98 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Mayle Narrator: Peter Mayle Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9781427208576
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More than 40,000 listeners have enjoyed this story on cassette. Now anyone who’s ever dreamed of getting away from it all can enjoy the charms and challenges of A Year in Provence on CD Peter Mayle and his wife had been to Provence as tourists. They had dreamed of one day trading the long, gray winters and damp summers of England for the blue skies and sunshine of the coast of southern France. And then they made it happen. They moved into an old farmhouse at the foot of the Luberon mountains and embarked on a wonderful, if at times bewildering, new life. Among their experiences that first year: being inundated with builders and visitors, grappling with the native accent, taking part in goat races and supervising the planting of a new vineyard. Peter Mayle personally recounts the pleasures and frustrations of Provençal life-sharing in a way no one else can, the unique and endearing culture that is Provence. A Year in Provence was a New York Times bestseller for three years and won the British Book Awards’ “Best Travel Book of the Year.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engaging, funny and richly appreciative. The New York Times

  • Stylish, witty, delightfully readable. The Sunday Times (London)
  • A Francophile's delight, this is a highly entertaining book. Library Journal
  • I really loved this book. Julia Child

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliana | 2/17/2014

    " 3.7 A lovely, nice book. But not so much by way of plot. What I learned is that I really don't like French food, which I already kind of knew. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 2/15/2014

    " I liked it overall, especially the parts about food and wine but it really lacked a solid plot. The American in me couldn't understand some of the 'delights' of Provence but it felt like a little get away so I'll probably read it again at some point. It has me craving cheese and champagne now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggie | 2/10/2014

    " I read this before my trip to Paris and found his take on the French culture to be dead on. I wish I could move to France where life is slower and relationships are more important than money. "

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

    " A delightful read that makes me want to move to Provence myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Atwood | 2/5/2014

    " Read this book AFTER I spent a month in the south of France. That is when I really 'got it' about French country living. It made it much more fun...and real! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rasa | 2/2/2014

    " So delightful -- you'll feel like you're there! Mayle has a storytelling gift, and he's really funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Holsinger | 1/30/2014

    " A fun pre-trip read. Cute anecdotes and fun, likable characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Madison | 1/30/2014

    " This was definitely not a book I would have picked up and decided to read by myself. Chosen by my book group and well recommended by my local librarian, I started reading with high expectations. While I appreciated the fine attention to detail and the lyrical way people and places were described I grew frustrated with the copious amount of French words in the book. I understand that it is a story of an English family living in France, but I do not speak French. I also felt like there was no arc in the story. It seemed more a collection of short stories for each month than a complete novel. It was ok, but I probably would not recommend it to a friend, unless I knew they spoke French and had a desire to read short stories about the people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les Brown | 1/23/2014

    " Just about booked a one-way ticket to Provence after reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bea | 1/19/2014

    " Enjoyed it, but the 2 that follow are funnier "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michruss2 | 1/17/2014

    " A nice, light read about a beautiful and charming place. Provence is really the main character here :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/5/2014

    " Love this book as I recently came back from a European adventure in the Spring. Reminds me that there is more to life than work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KaDo | 12/27/2013

    " i really enjoyed getting lost in provence for a bit...altho i now want to travel there or anywhere! a great vacation read with lovely characters. i did find parts a bit overly descriptive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corrie | 12/25/2013

    " Fantastic! Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 12/6/2013

    " What a delightful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Verdicchio | 11/20/2013

    " How the frech love to eat.....what a funny,charming book.It made be laugh and very,very hungry.3 1/2 stars! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke Chantland | 10/17/2013

    " I'm a Francophile, so I enjoyed reading about life in Provence and the cultural references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherbert | 8/10/2013

    " A complete delight, cover to cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannan | 8/1/2013

    " Nothing will make you want to pack up and move to the heat of the south of France like this book. I read this book after loving the movie this book was based upon. I adore this culture and the visual images and situations he describes are stunning. love love love "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladybug | 7/28/2013

    " Great read. Author has a dry sense of humor and a sharp eye for human foibles and cultural quirks, all presented with great humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/18/2013

    " Laugh out loud funny and full of detailed delicious food descriptions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 6/15/2013

    " Excellent, funny book. Makes you want to spend a year eating your way through Povence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 6/4/2013

    " I love France and have long dreamed of living the fantasy and buying a home there. This was a fun read and he does a wonderful job describing Provence is all its physical and gastronomic beauty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Routley | 5/25/2013

    " Everyone's read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miko Lee | 11/6/2012

    " Fun holiday type book following year of living in beautiful countryside. Great characters that make you feel a part of the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisa | 9/19/2012

    " It reminds me alot of Under the Tuscan Sun which was written considerably later- very quaint and I can enjoy it since I've studied abroad in France and lived there for a brief stint- It's quite charming... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shadow | 6/22/2012

    " This is another comfort read for me. Amusing, light-hearted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shoshi | 12/27/2011

    " Upon hearing of my impending trip to the south of France, my friend Alden recommended this book as a way of dipping my feet into the culture. I didn't think I'd plow through it so fast - something about Mr. Mayle's diction moved me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 9/6/2011

    " Loved it...even bought the PBS movie that followed the book. Well written, great beach read. Especially in this year filled with politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olga | 8/30/2011

    " Fantastic book if you are looking for a nice summer/winter/fall/spring reading about beautiful Provence. Living in a paradise, surrounded by easy-going people in total happiness... mmm... even if you just read about it - it already makes you feel wonderful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myev | 7/6/2011

    " Utterly wonderful. A great summer escape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.J. | 5/20/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Reminds me of where I live now, except I'm in Spain, not France. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lissa | 5/10/2011

    " While this was entertaining, I must say I'm a bit put off my self-involved tales written by folks with seemingly endless resources - it's all a bit smug. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 5/6/2011

    " Really made me want to go to France! "

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

    " I got a tour of Provence for $0.25! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 4/16/2011

    " A nice book with not much substance to it. Peter Mayle's account of a year spent living in Provence, France. Several amusing anecdotes, quite a bit of discussion about food, and not much else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 4/14/2011

    " My SIL gave me this book a few years ago for Christmas. I liked it, but being set in France there's a whole lot of food talk, which I don't mind, but along with that goes a whole lot of talk about wine, which I couldn't care less about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 4/12/2011

    " Loved reading about the ways of the French. Easy read and you learn some new french words. Can't wait to read his second book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady | 4/7/2011

    " Loved it...The way Peter writes takes one away right to his back yard with his chickens and his friendly french neighbour.I want to go to France now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 4/7/2011

    " Very amusing. It should be titled, "A Year With the French." Great, easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 4/3/2011

    " I like memoirs (this is the second "living in France" memoir I've read this year), but there comes a point when I have to trudge through to finish them. Fiction is just my thing, I guess. :) Anyway, this memoir was interesting and humorous, with its insights into the French people.
    "

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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.