French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew Audiobook, by Peter Mayle Play Audiobook Sample

French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew Audiobook

French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew Audiobook, by Peter Mayle Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Simon Jones Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2001 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780739300428

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

8

Longest Chapter Length:

43:49 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

42:10 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

43:12 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

16

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Publisher Description

A delightful, delicious, and best-selling account of the gustatory pleasures to be found throughout France, from the beloved author of A Year in Provence. The French celebrate food and drink more than any other people, and Peter Mayle shows us just how contagious their enthusiasm can be. We visit the Foire aux Escargots. We attend a truly French marathon, where the beverage of choice is Château Lafite-Rothschild rather than Gatorade. We search out the most pungent cheese in France, and eavesdrop on a heated debate on the perfect way to prepare an omelet. We even attend a Catholic mass in the village of Richerenches, a sacred event at which thanks are given for the aromatic, mysterious, and breathtakingly expensive black truffle. With Mayle as our charming guide, we come away satisfied (if a little hungry), and with a sudden desire to book a flight to France at once.

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"I am preparing for a trip to France in late summer. So I am reading and re-reading books to get me in the mood! I read Peter Mayle years ago and enjoyed the books thouroughly. The second time around it remains jaunty and fun and oh so French!"

— Melissa (4 out of 5 stars)

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Hysterically funny. A series of contemplations, loosely food related. I could read this over and over. "

    — Sheila, 2/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " If you are going to France, you MUST buy this book. It's hilarious and gives you such a great perspective on the French people and their food. "

    — Kristin, 2/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A book any gastronome will love. Each chapter details a food or wine festival that the author visited in France. From truffles to cheeses and frogs, the stories will make you laugh and your stomach growl. "

    — Rich, 1/24/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A collection of essays on various festivals, all food related, in France. As usual, Mayle's style is breezy and humorous. A pleasant read. "

    — Nancy, 1/24/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Loved this book and the three others in the series. "

    — pythonbootjwp, 1/21/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I didn't think it was as good as Mayle's previous books set in France (A Year in Provence, etc.), but anyone interested in French food and food culture will find this an interesting read, if somewhat lacking in the panache of the earlier installments. "

    — Emily, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I want to visit him in France! "

    — Lynn, 1/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Interestingly yummy! "

    — Jamie, 1/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The British ex-pat's look at various food festivals of France. Mmm, French food. This book made me *so* hungry; if I drank wine, I'm sure it would've made me thirsty as well. As it is, I desperately want to go on vacation now. Vive la France! "

    — Drianne, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Recommended because of my culinary interests. I remember waking up one day while reading this book. I was dreaming about eating breakfast. There was course after course being served, one with each time my snooze button went off. "

    — Joe, 12/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Considering how much I enjoyed A Year in Provence, I sort of expected to like this one a bit more. It wasn't bad, how can anything related to food and drinks be bad?, but there were (boring) moments when I wanted to put it down and be done with it. "

    — Lavinia, 12/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Started more promising than it continued. Not a bad pass-time but nothing spectacular. "

    — Rossitsa, 12/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Not as good as A Year in Provence or Toujours Provence, but still an amusing book. Devout Mayle readers may recognize many of the stories from his other books. "

    — Isobel, 12/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " When I can't go to France, I read this. "

    — Catherine, 10/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Mildly interesting essays on how the French celebrate food and wine through various festivals. Interesting if you're a French foodie, only so-so as a travel essay. "

    — Phil, 10/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " loved a year in provence - this was great as well. "

    — Kristy, 9/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I have read this two times now and enjoyed it as much the second time as the first. "

    — Kristin, 8/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " awesome. i MUST get to france..... "

    — Lizette, 7/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Listened to this on audio. A delight. Simon Jones was great and I laughed out loud many times. "

    — C2015, 6/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A perfectly enjoyable read...great observation put into great writing! "

    — Natalia, 6/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A great read. I'm ready to enjoy all of the food and wine in the South of France! "

    — Kevin, 2/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The last Peter Mayle book I read wasn't my favorite, but I enjoyed it. I got about halfway through this one, left it in a friend's car and was without it for a week... and didn't miss it. Ah, well. "

    — Carla, 3/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I'm ready for another trip to France after reading this book. "

    — Tracy, 1/15/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " French festivals and fine eating experiences are written up with humor and taste. This book makes me long to visit France and munch my way across the countryside! "

    — EngIIrockz, 11/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I have enjoyed his novel, and his stories about his life in Provence, but this one not so much. "

    — Kaaren, 9/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting, but not the thing to read when you're hungry; you'll get drool all over. Unfortunately, when we were in France, we didn't try any of the crazy food he wrote about. Although I did have some amazing lavendar icecream. "

    — Coral, 7/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Picked this easy to read book at the airport in Nice. Just a fun "no brainer" book on Peter Mayle's further adventures and love of France. "

    — J., 7/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great book, quite funny and very descriptive of the food, the places and the people. Well worth the read and makes me want to travel to France to enjoy the festivals spoken of in the book. "

    — Kelly, 4/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A collection of essays on various festivals, all food related, in France. As usual, Mayle's style is breezy and humorous. A pleasant read. "

    — Nancy, 4/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A great read. I'm ready to enjoy all of the food and wine in the South of France! "

    — Kevin, 3/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Peter Mayle is a fantastic author...love his writing style! His works always make me hungry for some fine French cuisine. This book wasn't ask fantastic as his A Year In Provence, but it had some witty stories :) "

    — Tina, 3/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Read for book club. I SO want to go back to Europe. I think I even want to try snails and frogs legs! "

    — Hope, 2/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I didn't think it was as good as Mayle's previous books set in France (A Year in Provence, etc.), but anyone interested in French food and food culture will find this an interesting read, if somewhat lacking in the panache of the earlier installments. "

    — Emily, 1/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Peter Mayle is a genius. He is one of my all time favorite authors. The only problem is that I am reading about France instead of being in France. "

    — Lynnette, 12/26/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I'm ready for another trip to France after reading this book. "

    — Tracy, 10/23/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really enjoy Peter Mayle's books because he cracks me up. "

    — Lisa, 10/17/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Mildly interesting essays on how the French celebrate food and wine through various festivals. Interesting if you're a French foodie, only so-so as a travel essay. "

    — Phil, 9/8/2010
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Not my favorite foodie book ever but did get me excited about visiting France again. And perhaps trying escargot. Loose vignettes that are charming individually but didn't really cohere into a whole story. Consequently was not exactly a page turner. "

    — Rani, 8/19/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " loved a year in provence - this was great as well. "

    — Kristy, 7/20/2010

About Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle (1939–2018), British-born author of several novels and books of nonfiction, spent fifteen years in the advertising business before escaping in 1975 to write books, including several New York Times bestsellers. The British Books Awards named him author of the year in 1992, and he was a recipient of the Légion d’Honneur award from the French government for his cultural contributions. His work has been translated into seventeen languages, and he has contributed to a variety of newspapers and magazines. His A Year in Provence was produced as a television series starring John Thaw and screened in 1993. The novel A Good Year was the basis for the 2006 film of the same name directed by Ridley Scott and starring actors Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard.

About Simon Jones

Simon Jones is an English actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. Besides winning many AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration, he has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, including for top prize of Audiobook of the Year. He was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine and as “Narrator of the Year” in 2005 by Publishers Weekly. As an actor, he has been featured in numerous Broadway productions and has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street remake. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote. He studied at Cambridge University and the legendary Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Club.