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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,566 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frances Mayes Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The author who unforgettably captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany in bestselling travel memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself—and her readers—in the sights, aromas, and treasures of twelve new special places. 

A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes—a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs. 

With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucía, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She cooks in Portugal, gathers ideas in the gardens of England and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an ideal place to live in Mantova, and explores the essential Moroccan city of Fez. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. While in Greece, she follows the classic Homeric voyage across the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone house in Crete, and then drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with friends, she sails the ancient coast, hiking to archaeological sites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine towns. Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and social and culinary traditions of each area, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to the reader. An illuminating and passionate book that will be savored by all who loved Under the Tuscan Sun, A Year in the World is travel writing at its peak.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Those who want to find parts of themselves they didn’t know existed, take risks, have an adventure . . . and discover another culture altogether, with its different rhythms, tastes, smells, and ways of being human—those readers will find in Mayes a kindly, eager, tough-spirited guide. Houston Chronicle
  • Mayes is a master at capturing a solid sense of place through her lush, poetic narratives. Orlando Sentinel
  • It’s easy to understand why Mayes has become a kind of cult figure for seekers of The Good Life. She not only inspires us to seize the moment, sip the wine, and smell the roses, she also makes us feel it is quite possible to transform our lives, just as she did.”
  • Lexington Herald-Leader
  • “Mayes displays a gift for conveying everyday life through her writing . . . and presents a simpler, less frantic version of how to live one’s life. USA Today
  • “Frances Mayes is, before all else, a wonderful writer. Chicago Tribune
  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2006

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alison | 2/20/2014

    " Great travel book! She really writes it so that you feel as if you are right there with her experiencing everything she is. At times I got a bit bored but I think it was just her style of writing sometimes. Overall great book for any traveler! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristine | 2/13/2014

    " I skipped around this book and read the parts I was interested in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hendie Dijkman | 2/4/2014

    " Europe is still beckoning me to pay her a visit. I have this deep-seated yearning to walk the streets of Sevilla, take a gondola ride on the canals of Venezia, look down on the city of Athens from the Acropolis, read a book under an olive tree in an orchard in Toscana, and of course see if I can find Peter Mayle's farm in Provence. Frances just makes my toes itch to abandon all, throw a backpack over my shoulder, grab my beloved's hand and set off on the grand European tour. I wish I had her spunk and adventurousness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Morgan | 2/4/2014

    " I really like some parts of Mayes, but others I am less interested in. For example, she often gives historical information that I don't care about as much as, say, what she had for lunch. "

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