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Peter Mayle and his wife had been to Provence as tourists. They had dreamed of one day trading the long, grey winters and damp summers of England for the blue skies and sunshine of the coast of southern France. And then they made it happen. They moved into an old farmhouse at the foot of the Luberon mountains and embarked on a wonderful, if at times bewildering, new life.

Among their experiences that first year: being inundated with builders and visitors, grappling with the native accent, taking part in goat races and supervising the planting of a new vineyard.

Now, Peter Mayle personally recounts the pleasures and frustrations of Provençal life - sharing in a way no one else can, the unique and endearing culture that is Provence.

©1989 Peter Mayle (P)1991 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"A Year in Provence is part memoir, part homeowner's manual, part travelogue, and all charming fun." (Amazon.com review)

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Ban abridged versions

I love this story in its full length. I was not paying attention when I got this version and am irritated when I listen to it. The edits are very abrupt and part of the enjoyment of this book is meandering through their year, not racing through like a fire sale.
It would be 5 star unabridged.

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Awful editing

Love the story. Love the writing. Love the narration.

Horrid, awful, sudden, jerking editing. There is no pause between stories or chapters. It's disconcerting. Like whiplash.

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Wonderful, fun and relaxing

I love a good book, especially one that you can relax and enjoy. Beyond the simple fun of the story, the amazing detail, and how hungry I became as I listened to the descriptions... this is the kind of book that reminds one of how fun casual reading can be!

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so i can hear peter mayle telling his story

so i can hear peter mayle telling his story. that is great. it is so funny.

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Light and happily presented.

Perfect for my road trip. I laughed and found myself enjoying a little bit of France.

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Very Enjoyable

This was a very pleasant book; however I think I missed out on a lot since it was an abridged version.

I love food and travel so I was easily swept up by the story… minus the home renovation parts as humorous as they were. The writing was great, I loved the way the author made me feel like I really was in the country side or enjoying a delicious meal!

I can see how this book would compel people to go to Provence for a visit, I was there in 2010 and now that I’ve read this book I have an urge to go back!

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  • Kristina
  • Bozeman, MT, United States
  • 02-04-13

A perfectly delightful to listen to, the French!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

You are able to tell the characters by their accents and flow of language...French to English.

If you’ve listened to books by Peter Mayle before, how does this one compare?

My first of his books.

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

I really felt like I was in Provence. I could see all that happened and tell by their voices whether they were excited or hohum. Because i studied French in HS, it was a fresh way to hear the language again.

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

My attention span is not that long.

Any additional comments?

Want to visit France? Take a trip to Provence by listening to this book.