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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (784 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Mayle Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Escargot Format: unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781504654500
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Acquired Tastes, originally published as Expensive Habits, is a celebration of life’s extravagances. It explores an aspect of human nature that, although dormant in hard economic times, is capable of erupting with the hint of good fortune and the drop of a credit card. It samples the luxuries of Havana cigars, Parisian hotels, bespoke London tailoring, and hand-made shoes; discusses the proper color for a stretch limousine; and weighs the cost versus the pleasure of keeping a mistress. The proper way to eat true caviar is explained while providing the listener with hours of pure, unadulterated escapism.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This delightful celebration of the little (and not-so-little) extravagances that make life worth living scintillates with wit, brio, and trenchant observations on the best and the second-rate.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mayle turns his witty and keen eye on the lifestyles and spending habits of the very, very, very rich…Mayle’s amusing observations provide die-hard fans of Dynasty and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with a few hours of pure hedonistic escapism."

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NancyS | 2/17/2014

    " It was okay. Not as good as most other Peter Mayle books, but entertainng in its own way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yamini Chandra | 2/14/2014

    " Peter Mayle gives an insight into the lifestyle of the affluent. Beautifully written essays and quite insightful too!! He'll take you through the vineyards and tell you how to light your cigar, a trip to his fav hotel and treat you to the most lavish delicacies! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ana-maria | 2/3/2014

    " I never get tired of reading anything by Peter Mayle! Really funny and still relevant even if it was written a few decades ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 1/24/2014

    " I'm afraid I just didn't think this was all that funny. Just mildly entertaining and a bit offensive given today's poor economy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BAKU | 1/22/2014

    " Not nearly enough detail, but overall okay ( lots to look up ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/21/2014

    " Very entertaining and enlightening about the finer things in life "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mysteryfan | 1/19/2014

    " Oldie but goodie. Ridiculously entertaining to read about what the very rich spend their money on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/16/2014

    " A series of puff pieces evaluating the benefits of various habits of the filthy rich. Entertaining and an interesting look into whether the particulars deliver value relative to the cost. I can say from personal experiences that bespoke suits are worth the money; after reading Mr. Mayle's essay on custom made shoes, I want to buy a pair or three myself. Other categories, like the private jet or second home, are pure vicarious pleasure. Good in small doses for entertaining bagatelles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilana Waters | 1/16/2014

    " A sampling of the life of the rich, as well as a gentle ribbing at their excessive ways. Great for escapism, many chuckles,and a handful of eye-rolls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/14/2014

    " A collection of GQ columns on the good life. Interesting reading, particularly right after reading the Nearing book "The Good Life"!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Larsen | 12/25/2013

    " This is a fabulous book, beautifully written and fascinating. I found it in a bookstore in Naples Florida and it made me a permanent fan of Peter Mayle. I have read this book over and over again; I never get tired of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/24/2013

    " It's much more than just food/travel though. Humorous take on the rich life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Apryl Anderson | 12/14/2013

    " This was an enjoyable read because Mayle had just an obviously good time writing it, pure and simple. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hugh | 11/25/2013

    " The written equivalent of light entertainment, a whimsical and entertaining read, althought a couple of chapters seemed to be there to flesh out the book, rather than directly following the main theme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie McCarthy | 10/12/2013

    " Entertaining and light, like a sauvignon blanc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/17/2013

    " I would recommend Peter Mayle's other books (A Year in Provence, Toujours Provence and Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew) over this one. Not nearly enough food writing in this one for me! And a little too much about luxurious living. Still good writing and funny though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathie | 8/30/2013

    " Very funny and entertaining writing about the rich and their ways of life. Really enjoy his lighthearted style and learned a lot from his essays as well. Will be reading more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 C | 8/25/2013

    " I didn't like book at all. No substance, repeated themes from his Provence series and generally uninformative. The premise started out appealing but when I got into it there was very little information to review and the scenarios weren't bery imaginiative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faith | 4/25/2013

    " Didn't like this series of essays as much as I have liked some of this other novels, but this format was good for a quick read (and chuckle) before bed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Trapani | 2/18/2013

    " A fun look at lifestyles and tastes of the elite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ro | 2/9/2013

    " This was a quick read and just so entertaining, particularly for anyone who appreciates the best of everything! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helene | 1/23/2013

    " Vintage Mayle. Goes on a tour for GQ magazine to sample the lives of the rich and famous to see if its worth the $$. Dry and witty, nice short little subjects. Going up on book mooch if anyone wants to request it, nice hardcover edition "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Veronica | 1/21/2013

    " I like it fairly well so far, but the chapter on how expensive "mistresses" are left a bad taste in my mouth... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susannah | 1/12/2013

    " just in case you ever wondered what the elite do...well, here's a clue, at least. even if it is 20 years outdated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/17/2012

    " I read this book a few years ago on my first Peter Mayle reading spree. I liked it well enough that I gave it to my brother as a Christmas present. And when I saw it this afternoon at the Strand, I thought "I want to read this again!" A more thorough review to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 9/18/2012

    " A collection of essays by Mr. Mayle on the finer things in life, where he samples some of the most expensive luxuries available. Most of them are very clever, but some of them fall flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann A | 9/12/2012

    " Fun fluff, but then I'm happy to read ANYTHING by Peter Mayle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/31/2012

    " Mayle is always a delight to read and this collection of columns he wrote showcases his sarcastic, albeit observant, wry wit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ishki | 6/7/2012

    " Always enjoy Peter Mayle's books. It's as close as I'll ever get to France. "

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About the Author
Author Peter MaylePeter Mayle spent fifteen years in the advertising business before escaping in 1975 to write books, including his bestselling A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence. His work has been translated into seventeen languages and he has contributed to a variety of newspapers and magazines. He lives with his wife in Provence.
About the Narrator

Robin Sachs (1951–2013), raised in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, came to the United States in 1991. His credits include Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dynasty, Nowhere Man, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Galaxy Quest, Northfork, Ocean’s 11, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Megalodon.