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Having spent her summers in Tuscany for the past several years, Frances Mayes relished the opportunity to experience the pleasures of primavera, an Italian spring. A sabbatical from teaching in San Francisco allowed her to return to Cortona - and her beloved house, Bramasole - just as the first green appeared on the rocky hillsides.

Bella Tuscany, a companion volume to Under the Tuscan Sun, is her passionate and lyrical account of her continuing love affair with Italy. Now truly at home there, Mayes writes of her deepening connection to the land, her flourishing friendships with local people, the joys of art, food, and wine, and the rewards and occasional heartbreaks of her villa's ongoing restoration. It is also a memoir of a season of change, and of renewed possibility. As spring becomes summer she revives Bramasole's lush gardens, meets the challenges of learning a new language, tours regions from Sicily to the Veneto, and faces transitions in her family life. Filled with recipes from her Tuscan kitchen and written in the sensuous and evocative prose that has become her hallmark, Bella Tuscany is a celebration of the sweet life in Italy.

©1999 Frances Mayes (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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  • 04-13-17

Really poor audio quality. Couldn't listen to it

When you download something from audible, you expect something to be reasonable quality. The recording of this, is not.

It sounds as though it was recorded 20 years ago, down the phone. It's really tinny and actually hurt my ears to listen to.

Added to that, the reader's voice is so bland. I guess it's nice to have the actual author reading the story. But if their voice is flat and annoying, they really should pick an actor.

Sorry to be so mean. But this is the first book I've bought from audible that I've been really disappointed by. If they are going to have recordings, they really should only have reasonably recent ones.

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