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Narrated by: Philippe Résimont
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Arrivé à un âge où presque tous ceux qu'il aimait sont loin ou disparus, Andrew Blake n'a même plus le cœur à orchestrer ses blagues légendaires avec son vieux complice. Sur un coup de tête, il décide de quitter la direction de sa petite entreprise anglaise pour se faire engager comme majordome en France, pays où il avait rencontré sa femme. Là-bas, personne ne sait qui il est vraiment, et cela lui va très bien. Mais en débarquant au domaine de Beauvillier, rien ne se passe comme prévu...
Entre Nathalie, sa patronne veuve aux étranges emplois du temps ; Odile, la cuisinière et son caractère aussi explosif que ses petits secrets ; Manon, jeune femme de ménage perdue ; Philippe, le régisseur bien frappé qui vit au fond du parc, et même l'impressionnant Méphisto, Andrew ne va plus avoir le choix. Lui qui croyait sa vie derrière lui va être obligé de tout recommencer...
©2012 Fleuve Noir, département d'Univers Poche (P)2014 Audiolib

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Hilarious and wise

Such a wonderful story, made me laugh out loud while walking!!!! And such wise phrases, on life, growing old, and friendship.

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  • Vivienne F
  • 11-23-18

Fantastic! Funny, satirical and well read!

I liked everything about this book! The vocabulary was a bit more challenging than normal, and there were some strong regional accents to contend with, so I wouldn't recommend as a first French audio book, but it was hilarious. I guess it helped that the protagonist was English, which allowed for lots of opportunistic (but good humoured) stereotyping that was particularly entertaining for a Brit listening to it. I loved all the strong characters, and I thought the narrator's different voices were superb. The relationships that developed between the central characters were also delightful. This is a real feel-good book, where the best in human nature always prevails, and the 'baddies' get their just deserts. Comedy runs through it like a stick of rock (slapstick at times), and it doesn't even matter that the whole premise for the story is a little thin. I didn't quite figure out why Andrew Blake thought that taking the job as a butler in France would allow him to put the ghosts of his past to rest - maybe I missed something crucial at the start of the book - but it didn't really matter. I'll listen to it again soon, and perhaps I'll find out second time around, or maybe there wasn't any particular reason! Would make an excellent film!

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  • Angeles
  • 12-10-16

Loved it!!!!

I just chose the book to practise some French. The surprise has been quite big. The story is touching and very funny. The reader superb. The characters are tender and quite well played. It is a book that leaves you with a smile in your face all along the reading.

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  • Théo
  • 07-20-15

Sympathique

J'ai bien aimé. C'est une histoire qui se laisse bien lire (ou écouter). Le conteur arrive à donner vie aux différents personnages. En revanche, j'ai été dérangé par le sexisme et l'hétéro-centrisme des personnages, qui semble refléter la même chose chez l'auteur.