A Good Year

Narrated by: Ben Chaplin
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Max Skinner is not exactly setting the London financial world on fire, and when his supervisor steals his biggest client, it's definitely time to inspect the vineyard in Provence that his recently departed uncle left him. Heartily and happily distracted upon his arrival by the landscape, the weather, and the food, not to mention the gorgeous notaire handling the estate and the stunning owner of the local bistro, Max almost forgets about his inherited property.

Which might have been a good idea, because the wine produced there is swill. But then why, Max has to wonder, is his caretaker so anxious to acquire the land? When a beautiful young woman from California arrives with what might be a legitimate claim on the estate, and knowledge of vineyards that far outstrips Max's own, the plot begins its twists and turns into and out of truly wonderful complications and resolutions.

This is luscious reading, soothing us with the sensual wonders of Provence while it tells a fascinating tale of the hugely lucrative and competitive boutique-wine trade. It is Peter Mayle's most satisfying, most delectable novel yet.

©2004 Peter Mayle (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Happily snide (and knowledgeable) [with] wicked turns of phrase." (Chicago Sun-Times) "Mayle makes Provence sound like the most enticing place this side of paradise. Reservations anyone?" (People)

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A classic Mayle tale...but go unabridged

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.

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Can't get enough of Ben's voice

Really good accent, but only find one of his narrator work here. Hopefully there will be more of it. For someone who doesn't speak English like me, I can understand what a audio book is talking about for the first time. Thanks. Well done in it.