My Twenty-Five Years in Provence

Reflections on Then and Now
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: History, Europe
4.5 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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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

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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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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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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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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An enjoyable read...

...for a sunny afternoon. His impressions of life in France are charming. A light read during heavy times.

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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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Wonderful visit to France with out leaving home<br />

By an adopted "son" who embrace the quirks with love and joy. A summer favorite.

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  • Lyn D
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.