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Publisher's Summary

Max Skinner is a man at the heart of London's financial universe until his employers embark on a little asset-stripping of their own. Himself. Amid the grey London drizzle, there is one potential ray of sunshine: Max's Uncle Harry has left him his estate in his will, an eighteenth-century chateau and vineyard an hour's drive from Avignon. Out of a job, and encouraged by his friend Charlie about the money in modern wine, he heads for France. What Max discovers is a beautiful house, wonderful weather, and a bustling village. The downside is the quality of the wine in his vineyard; but when Max suggests calling in an expert, Roussel, a former employee of his uncle's, is resistant. Help is at hand, however, when a beautiful blonde Californian arrives unexpectedly at the chateau.
©2004 Escargot Productions (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks

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  • Simon
  • Balmain, Australia
  • 02-01-14

Escapism for a Francophile

What made the experience of listening to A Good Year the most enjoyable?

A pleasurable book that was beautifully narrated. Story was better than the movie. Easy to listen to on a long flight.

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  • Ani
  • Australia
  • 07-01-12

Thoroughly enjoyable

Perfect book for francophiles! The narrator was great, and listening to this in my car made me wish I was driving in the south of France.

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Nothing like the movie with Russell Crowe

Nothing like the movie but enjoyable none the less. However it's a bit disconcerting when the storyline is so different from a movie you absolutely loved!

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  • Edward
  • 04-07-09

A Good Year. By Peter Mayle.

Charming, witty, unpredictable and thoroughly entertaining. Tim Piggot-Smith does an excellent job as narrator. One of those all too rare books you don't want to end.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Katy
  • 04-30-09

A Good Year

I really enjoyed this book. It is a feel-good story about sunshine, friends and wine in the South of France.

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  • Michael
  • 06-11-18

Feel like in France

Wonderful gentle story with all the usual wit of Peter Mayle about Provence, the English and life in France.

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  • Dinah Wells
  • 05-11-18

Rural France, the good life revealed.

A story of immense charm portraying the essence of rural France, their enjoyment of wine, local cuisine and traditions.

Brilliantly narrated by Tim Piggot-Smith

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  • Jan
  • 04-19-18

A Good Book too...

My friends and my long suffering husband have often put up with me shouting at the TV because they were showing a film that was nothing like the book. In this case I actually saw and really liked the film first. The book is very different but very enjoyable and as I already have recordings by Tim Pigott-Smith I knew I would not be let down by the performance. It is likely that had I read the book first I would have shouted at the tv which would have been a shame because I would have missed a good production, however the audiobook is well-narrated with very engaging characters and I will read and listen to it again and recommend it highly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-18

Love it!

Love the film and this boik demonstrates how films are adapted from novels. Just loved this.

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  • Starlight 3
  • 09-25-17

Very Good

After watching the film first wondered how this audio book would pan out. Feel its even better in someways than the film version. (Although the film is worth a watch too)

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  • Abby
  • 03-16-17

Excellent story brilliantly read

What made the experience of listening to A Good Year the most enjoyable?

Really enjoyed all the different voices, an absolutely intriguing story.

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Loved all the wine details and the romance

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  • C
  • 05-13-16

Relaxing read

Leave you brain behind and a very enjoyable read. Easy to listen to on Audible

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  • Jonathan
  • 02-02-15

Brilliant...!

Love it. Fun and easy listening with a good "corkscrew" plot. Provence, a vigneron, two pals and a pretty girl!