food descriptions were romantic and full of life
Mayes voice was not "listen"friendly...I had listened to an audio recording of this book years ago and fully enjoyed the performance. I purchased this version without listening to a clip of the audio. Surprised when I listened to find another person narrating.
I'm old and like getting free stuff.
It is not the story it is the voice of the narrator. Very droll and very hard to listen to.
I was looking forward to this book as I had heard so much about it.
Her mono tone southern accent put me off. I tried a couple of time to listen again, but terribly sorry I couldn't cope with her voice.
could listen to much so missed out on the book
No thanks for your time
That's no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.
I loved reading this book , I loved watching this book as a movie , I however dislike the voice of Frances Mayes. The content is wonderful, the story is inspiring , the VOICE IS grating. A more vocal lyrical reader would have transported me to Italy and sent me into raptures. Some writers are not meant to be readers. Keep to what you know best and that is writing and get someone with a voice to read your words. This was a terrible attempt, hence the other Frances Mayes books will be left un-listened, as I could not put my ears through another onslaught of Frances reading
I was so excited for this book but the narration is just AWFUL!!! Every professional should know her limitations. The author ruined her own sales of this audio book. Even if I could get past her southern accent, I couldn't bear another minute of her boring, monotone voice!!! I couldn't even listen past Chapter 3.
I really wish I had bothered to either read the reviews or listen to a snippet. What should be a very nice, relaxing book is awful. I can't get into the scenes she is describing because her voice ruins it. Buy the book, not the audio. Unless... someone reads enough of the bad reviews and re-records it. (Then give all of us poor schmucks that listened to the bad version a free upgrade.)
I wish I had read the reviews before I bought this book. I had seen the movie beforehand and loved it so I figured the book would be that much better. I was wrong!!
I could NOT listen to this book. Frances Mayes may be a wonderful cook, and she's not a bad writer, but she should get someone else to read her books. Her voice is very nasal and, if this is possible, an excited monotone. She's so excited about everything that it all becomes meaningless.
The book is everything that people have described it to be--a beautiful tapestry of life in the Tuscan countryside and all the trials & tribulations of taking on renovation of a piece of European history.
If this sounds like it interests you, buy the book, don't get the audiobook because unfortunately the narration will distract you from the enjoyment you seek.
UtTS is not a typical novel, but provides such detailed descriptions of Italy, you feel as if you're there. There is no plot, no "point" or climax. Simply a story about a woman's connection to the land, her new home and her experience of the culture of Italy. The author's voice is wonderful to listen to, and so the experience is almost surreal as you listen. Great "Listen" but some friends in my bookclub never finished it in the book format! (ie. not a great "read"?!) I loved listening on an evening walk around the neighborhood. Great escape from day to day life for 20 minutes at a time!