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The Olive Farm | [Carol Drinkwater]

The Olive Farm

For many, Carol Drinkwater will be forever remembered for her part as the wholesome Helen Herriot in the television series 'All Creatures Great and Small'. But since being a successful actress in England, she has spent the past thirteen years in France with her husband Michel.
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Publisher's Summary

For many, Carol Drinkwater will be forever remembered for her part as the wholesome Helen Herriot in the television series All Creatures Great and Small.

But since being a successful actress in England, she has spent the past 13 years in France with her husband Michel. This is the story of her new life, of the trials and tribulations of acquiring an olive farm, restoring it, farming the olives, overcoming the heartaches of taking on a new French family and slowly coming to understand the workings and life of a vivacious Provencal community - opening the door to vibrant Mediterranean world....

©2001 Carol Drinkwater (P)2001 WF Howes Ltd

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    Amazon Customer Salem, OR USA 05-09-12
    Amazon Customer Salem, OR USA 05-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An enjoyable listen"
    Where does The Olive Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd rank this title somewhere in the top third of all the books I've listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Olive Farm?

    I thought the most memorable scenes involved Carol dealing with forces outside her control -- French bureaucracy, the locals, various animals, storms and fires.


    Which character – as performed by Carol Drinkwater – was your favorite?

    I found it interesting that she is a much more complex character herself than the one she is most famous for portraying on television. She is not afraid to reveal her quirks.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was perfect in about one-hour bites, as I listened to it on my lunch hour.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Irene El Cerrito, CA, United States 01-11-12
    Irene El Cerrito, CA, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2002

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    "courage and chaos"
    Where does The Olive Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the personal memoir genre this book ranks very high.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the honesty of the author


    What does Carol Drinkwater bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Carol Drinkwater's language, voice, and attention to detail.. She is an excellent and intelligent reader and uses language and description so well that you really can visualize her description of the area and all its attributes. This is a case, given her skills, that could only have been narrated by the author.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to move on to the next olive book in her series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra D, Paradis Anaheim, CA United States 11-05-12
    Sandra D, Paradis Anaheim, CA United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Travel, Romance and DIY"
    What did you love best about The Olive Farm?

    I liked hearing about following their dreams and dealing with some tough odds to make things happen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book for those who like hearing about living in a different country, travel also about a new love coming together. Written and narrated by the actress who was the wife in All Creatures Great and Small. Wanted the second book but it is not on audible so I will have to read it!

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  • Marko
    Finland
    10/28/11
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    "Problem oriented story steps to farm south France"

    It's a story about international family (Irish woman & divorced French man w. family) buying almost ruined house together. In story house is situated between Cannes and Frejus. Story is the Irish womans point of view.

    First summer they move in before they own house. It's made possible by pre-payment and scheduled buying agreement. Starting without water, electricity and leaking roof they manage to spend a summer without quarrels. In the end she get's to stage of starting olive garden.

    It's quite like Peter Mayle's Year in provence, but it doesn't concentrate French-English confrontation and secrets of France like Mayle does a lot. It's more problems oriented like handling bying a property as (Irish) foreigner and owning house as foreigner and living abroad. So if you are even thinking bying house in France this is really worth of listening.

    Sample is too short to tell enough of this book. If you liked the "Year in Provence" you most likely end up bying more than this first book. I liked it and it was easy enough to listen as not a native English speaker.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    London, United Kingdom
    4/14/11
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    "A charming easy listener"

    One of the first audio books I bought was Peter Mayle's Year in Provence, having heard it on Radio 4's book of the week, and this is a return to similar territory but the with added interest of the development of an olive farm and the attendant technical and horticultural activities. The author narrator is an accomplished actress, who does an excellent job of bringing it all to life and overall it is a charming easy listener, which provided an interesting break from my usual crime and history diet.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Celia
    Bracknell, Berkshire, United Kingdom
    5/4/11
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    "The Olive Farm"

    A lovely easy ready. Really takes you to the hot countryside outside Cannes. Have not been able to put it down and definitely for anyone that craves sunshine and sunny days.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    HUNTINGDON, United Kingdom
    8/14/12
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    "Enjoyable first audio book"

    This is my first audio book so didn't really know what to expect. However, it was easy to listen to and I enjoyed the story. I could smell and feel the farm and I enjoyed following the time Carol and Michel (and the others) spent there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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