The latest Provincial romp by Peter Mayle is full of food, fun and foolishness. It's great. But I recommend the unabridged version because this version seemed a bit, well, abridged.
Yes, the reader is a bit drab. It took me a while to get past that. It doesn't fit with the "I am so cool - don't you want to be like me?" lifestyle stuff that fills the first 1/3 of the book. But his no-nonsense delivery really does well for the later sections of the book which are all "how to" and surprisingly good. I suspect his writing suffers from the same thing his other businesses do = a lack of pride of ownership that comes with an absentee CEO. He would probably agree ... from his beach chair in the bahamas.
All-in-all it's worth the time to listen (maybe more than once) if you intend to act on his suggestions.
A good follow-up to "Bringing Down The House" which I also enjoyed. This is not a how-to, but a simple adventure tale of the MIT student team. It's not edge-of-your-seat. But if you like blackjack, it's enough to keep your attention. Thumbs-up.
The narrator does an exceptional job with this book. And the book itself is terrific. Simple yet very compelling.
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