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Publisher's Summary

When Peter Mayle and his wife traded England's long, gray winters and damp summers for life in southern France, they entered an enchanting, wonderful, sometimes bewildering world. Now, share their adventures, pleasures, and frustrations: the joys and occasional hazards of wining and dining in France, taking part in goat races, attending a Pavorotti concert under the stars - and much more. Meet Provence's unique characters: a wary truffle hunter, a gourmet in a track suit, the wise and crafty Massot - and many more.

Funny, touching, endearing - Peter Mayle's Provence proves the adage that while you may not be able to escape from it all, you sure can have fun trying.

©2011 Peter Mayle (P)2011 Macmillan

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Relaxing and light hearted read

If Provence is, in fact the warm, endearing place Peter Mayle has portrayed in his books then I am ready to pack up and move there tomorrow.

The chapters are almost complete in themselves, in the way of James Herriot's books, and so are easily read and easily put down again.

The characters are realistic, and Mayle's dry British humor is delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed these books and hope others will, too!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Peter Mayle's Provence Redux

What did you love best about Peter Mayle's Provence: Including 'A Year in Provence' and 'Toujours Provence'?

Being able to listen to the author, himself, reading was quite a joy. Not that Mr. Macnee's mellifluous voice was, in any way, of a diminished quality. I had read all of Mr. Mayle's books in the past; and thought it was time to revist them via the spoken work. I was not dissapointed.

I would like nothing better to be able to listen to all of Mr. Mayle's Provence books, especially HOTEL PASTIS, in the AUDIBLE format.

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

This was not the kind of "edge of your seat" book that I wanted to rush through to get to the ending. Reading Mayle reminds me of why I sail.. It's the journey, not the destination.

In fact, I do not want these lovely books to ever end!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Mayle delivers with fantastic tales of France

What made the experience of listening to Peter Mayle's Provence: Including 'A Year in Provence' and 'Toujours Provence' the most enjoyable?

I've listened to Peter Mayle's "French Lessons" three times and now I'm headed toward listen No. 2 of "Provence." Few writers are as clever and witty in that lovely English way as Mayle is, and few make the French such delightful characters when just being themselves. Highly recommended book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed a great deal.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wish I could hear more!

Where does Peter Mayle's Provence: Including 'A Year in Provence' and 'Toujours Provence' rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

9 out of 10

Who was your favorite character and why?

Peter, he's the main character, and is very expressive.

What about Peter Mayle and Patrick Macnee ’s performance did you like?

Love the accent!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not one particular moment.

Any additional comments?

A must have in my library. I'd love to have the whole series.

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Brilliant could listen to again and again!

Warm and funny, a feast for the imagination of any francophile or foodie. And Patrick Macnee's performance is simply superb.

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Relaxing, funny and Cheaper than moving to France!

Love this series by Peter Mayle & I can't wait to read them all! 👍👍

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Thoroughly Delightful!

Where does Peter Mayle's Provence: Including 'A Year in Provence' and 'Toujours Provence' rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this is a thoroughly delightful book, full of adventures in nature and at the breakfast, lunch, and dinner table in a quaint village in france.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Peter Mayle's Provence: Including 'A Year in Provence' and 'Toujours Provence'?

all of descriptions of the food, and the village folk

Which character – as performed by Peter Mayle and Patrick Macnee – was your favorite?

the main character - peter. his humility and honesty and openness and wit.

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A wonderful reading

I’ve had a paperback copy of this book sitting around for ages, but never got around to reading it. How glad I am that I decided to listen to it instead. Peter Mayle’s own narration really brings this story alive. I am not done listening but I find it full of humor and heart. Just a gem~

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Excellent

I had read these books many years ago, and loved them. I decided to give to audiobook a try for my long, daily commute. I was delighted with the narration, and the story really made me forget that I was stuck in New England in the winter. I could almost feel the sunshine of Provence!

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Lovely Listen to Pass The Time, May Cause Cooking

I had originally heard this book many years ago on CD. I have not read it, though. The narration and nature of the book lend themselves well to the performance which is also marvellous in its own right.