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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (178,950 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frances Mayes Narrator: Frances Mayes Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A New York Times Bestseller with appealing and very vivid snapshot imagery . . . what Miss Mayes mostly provides are the kind of satisfying personal crotchets and enthusiasms you might exchange with an old friend over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table. New York TimesWidely published poet, gourmet chef, and travel writer, Frances Mayes opens the door to a voluptuous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the Tuscan countryside. What she shares with her readers is a feast for the senses as she explores the pastoral Italian landscape, history and cuisine. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • This beautifully written memoir about taking chances, living in Italy. loving a house and, always, the pleasures of food, would make a perfect gift for a loved one.  But it's so delicious, read it first yourself. USA Today
  • Irresistible...a sensous book for a sensous countryside. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  • An intense celebration of what [Mayes] calls ‘the voluptuousness of Italian life’ . . . appealing and very vivid . . . [The] book seems like the kind of thing you’d tuck into a picnic basket on an August day . . . or better yet, keep handy on the bedside table in the depths of January. New York Times Book Review
  • Armchair travel at its most enticing. Booklist
  • Mayes [has] perfect vision. . . . I do not doubt that centuries form now, whoever lives in Bramasole will one day uncover bits of pottery used at Mayes’ table. She has, by the sweat of her brow and the strength of her vision, become a layer in the history of this place. Los Angeles Times
  • After buying a rundown villa in rural Tuscany, the American author Frances Mayes moves to Cortona to renovate the property and learn more about the Italian dolce vita. Her bestselling memoir on her time there paints a vivid description of the town, the people and the lush surrounding countryside of rolling hills and vineyards. A poet and a gourmet cook, Mayes includes a number of chapters on food, replete with classic Italian recipes to further whet the appetite. Irish Times
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 1997

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sara | 2/12/2014

    " I don't tend to bail on books before I finish them, but I did on this one. Just not my cup of tea, I suppose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/5/2014

    " I've read this book twice. First time I found it a slow read, hard to get through. But very good recipes. Better read the second time. Actually reread it to compare it to the movie. The movie added alot that was not in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/1/2014

    " Made me seriously consider relocating to Italy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jolene | 1/26/2014

    " Mayes is a widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer so that should tell you all you need to know about her memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun. She and her husband buy and restore an abandoned villa in the Tuscan country side. She sensually describes a simply, beautiful life (if you happen to have the funding for said simply life) in a casual, beautifully written novel. Its a good escape book with not much of a plot. "

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