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!!
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!
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.