• My Twenty-Five Years in Provence

  • Reflections on Then and Now
  • By: Peter Mayle
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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My Twenty-Five Years in Provence

By: Peter Mayle
Narrated by: John Lee
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Publisher's Summary

From the moment Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, uprooted their lives in England and crossed the Channel permanently, they never looked back. Here the beloved author of A Year in Provence pays tribute to the most endearing and enduring aspects of his life in France - the charming and indelible parade of village life, the sheer beauty, the ancient history. He celebrates the café and lists some of his favorites; identifies his favorite villages, restaurants, and open-air markets; and recounts his most memorable meals. 

A celebration of 25 years of Provençal living - of lessons learned and changes observed - with his final book, Mayle has crafted a lasting love letter to his adopted home, marked by his signature warmth, wit, and humor.

©2018 Peter Mayle (P)2018 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Fans of Mayle (who died in January) will be delighted by this final book from Provence’s most impassioned booster.... Composed in a uniformly bright and jocular voice, this is a breezy valedictory note for a much admired writer." (Publishers Weekly)

"[Mayle’s] keen eye and wit are much on display in this all-new collection of writings on his times in the south of France.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

"A bittersweet pleasure... While Mayle can pen a mouthwatering description of bouillabaisse, what has always drawn his readers to his writing are his loving portraits of people, community and the Provencal way of life." (Carla Jean Whitley, BookPage)

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The narrator ruins it for me.

As with all of Peter Mayle’s Provence-centric books, I loved reading/hearing about his take on life in that lovely area of the world..& always find myself hungry & thirsty while in the process. 😄 These books have all entered into my “comfort read” category, & I can - & do - read them over & over, without any loss of enjoyment. I believe this one, though not quite reaching the level of perfection that “A Year In Provence” did, will still be a book I will enjoy reading again. Reading. NOT listening to. His almost South-Scottish accent (doubly bizarre since he was born in Birmingham from Irish ancestry) is decidedly not the one I would choose to read an autobiographical book by a man born in the south of England, raised partly in Barbados, & who then spent a lot of time in London. Even getting beyond the very wrong accent, the strange tempo/pattern of speech spoken in a very forceful manner (as if he’s a lecturer who believes every sentence he speaks is equally as important as the ones that came before - You. Must. Pay. Attention. Here.) is...boring! I would have to switch to other books every 45 min. or so while trying to plow through this one, as my ears needed a rest and my brain just couldn’t take the same level of portentousness for each sentence. The narrator sounds portentous and pretentious, at the same time.

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Delightful as always

Peter Mayle’s way of spinning a tale brings the reader into his world in a delightful entertaining manner. I’ve enjoyed all the books he has written about his life in Provence. I was extremely saddened to hear of his passing.

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Classic Mayle

So sad to know that this will be Peter Mayle's final love letter to Provence. Godspeed Mr. Mayle.

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Enchanting!

This is my first experience with this Author, now I am eager to catch up with the rest of his imaginative writings. So sorry to learn of his passing, my condolences to His dear wife. Someday, if she feels up to it, it would be a delight to see some of her photos. and hear her perspective of that lovely place...the place they brought to life for the rest of us.

I have heard wonderful things about the narrator, and they all were true...he made the story rich and oh so French!

Overall, a delight for anyone!

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Loving tribute to a glorious place

Peter Mayle inspired me to visit Provence and in this book, he paid tribute to the wonders of the region, including the delights and peculiarities of everyday life. A truly wonderful book (especially if you have been there or plan to go)! Feels like a mini vacation. Rest In Peace, Dear Mr. Mayle.

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Like taking a trip myself

Reading Peter Mayle is like walking through Provence (at least I hope it is...I've actually never been). Parts of "My Twenty-Five Years" were like revisiting a familiar friend, stories from other books and memories. Other parts were refreshingly new. Mayle is so easy to read and his stories always bring a smile.

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Delight…

A delight as usual, by my favorite author Peter Mayle, whose indelible sense of humor and insight into life in Provence has brightened my soul, thank you & RIP.

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Pleasant faire

I liked the narrator — unlike another reviewer, I did not find him pompous at all. Instead, he had a quality of tongue-in-cheek humor to his voice and intonation that I found charmingly fitted the text he was reading.

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An easy listen that invites you into the day to day life in Provence. From the people to the food to the local view of the world, you will feel a fondness and nostalgia for a place you have never been.

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  • 05-12-21

meh

Only because it was a short book did I continue listening. Not very interesting. meh

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  • 12-29-19

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really didn't like the narrator's intonation and the book felt like repetition from other books

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  • Helen SJ
  • 02-25-20

A breath of French air.

I have always loved Peter Mayle's books. He wrote so eloquently and bought France alive for many of us. This Audible version likewise bought Peter's book alive. Wonderful narration.

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  • Dawn
  • 05-21-19

love the book

I loved the book but the narrator will be avoided in future almost mechanical or computerised.

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  • AC
  • 08-11-22

Let down by the narration

The topic was entertaining but I was continually disappointed and annoyed at the narrator; at the end of every sentence and quite often at the end of every phrase, his voice dropped in pitch in a very affected way.

I chose to listen to this book because we were on holiday in France so it was appropriate, but very unusually for an audiobook I was looking forward to it finishing.

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  • Leticia Lee
  • 04-12-22

Charming

This is another charming evocation of life in Provence. It acts as a reminder of the atmosphere but lacks the cast of colourful characters that make one want to read a book a second time. The narration was good because it had the intonation of lively French speech.

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  • IoW Sparky
  • 04-25-21

Peter Mayor's Last Book

Loved it (apart from the big relating to Ridley Scott).

RIP Peter. I'll miss your writing

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  • Kevin S.
  • 03-28-21

My twenty-five years in Provence

I loved the book , really well told , and a worthy recipient of the Légion d'honneur .

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  • 11-01-22

Peter Mayle at his best

A delightful reflection and summary of his life in Provence. He will be missed.

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  • Britpop
  • 11-30-21

Good, but very short duration!

Good stories of life in Provence. However, rather too short at 4 hours. Narrator a little too clunky in delivery at times, but otherwise a nice insight to life in France

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  • 09-04-21

Simple wonderful story

Simple wonderful story of his experiences in Provenance. A wonderful insight & an escape from the every day.

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  • richard dunkerley
  • 09-01-21

A technically gifted but aurally unpleasant reading

Was really looking forward to this, having read and re read both a year in Provence and toujour Provence several years ago. Was specifically looking forward to a narration as slow and relaxing as the Provençal sun. Was really disappointed. Whilst not disputing the technical merits of John lee I just found him to be a poor selection for this work, rather than being relaxed and soothed I found it really hard work. And his pronunciation of French is too perfect, more correct than some of the characters Mayle wrote about. Didn’t work for me.

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  • Geoff Keogh
  • 05-09-21

Province in a shot glass. Magnifique!

If like me you love Provence but can only aspire to return due to travel bans, this audiobook is for you. The writing is so descriptive, insightful yet not too flowery. You are invited into a personal experience that would make a gourmand’s mouth water. You swear you hear smells! The narrator Lee is masterful in his take in telling of Mayle’s wonderful experience in discovering all the facets of Provence. I love it and play it again & again!