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.
A Good Year won a Gold Spoken Word Award in 2004 in the Unabridged Contemporary Fiction category.
©2004 Escargot Productions; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks
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.
Really enjoyed all the different voices, an absolutely intriguing story.
Loved all the wine details and the romance
I am manager of a charity and really enjoy listening to memoirs and political diaries which unlikely to get round to reading.
Leave you brain behind and a very enjoyable read. Easy to listen to on Audible
Love audio, love Audible, it feeds my addiction. Family life and work prevent reading anymore.
Not particularly but I read the book years ago, greatly enjoyed it, and wanted to re-hear the story.
The final twist
Laugh, definitely, and ache for the good life portrayed so wonderfully.
In this book Peter Mayle delivers great fun, great characters and you can just relax and let your mind enjoy it. The plot is not huge, the pace is medium, you laugh at his descriptions of wonderful meals and the sybaritic parts of life but it's FUN.
The performance is well paced and he gets the french right without being either patronising or silly.
I listened to this driving home from work over a week and it set me up for a relaxed evening.
Download it, enjoy it, relax.
This was a very enjoyable listen as it is not heavy but entertaining and a good story. Just right for an evening listen after a hard day at work. It makes me want to be there and be part of such a community. Life as we knew it!
Charlie,a real card but Max good too.
Liked the delivery and kept me listening
I want to be there!
"Escapism for a Francophile"
A pleasurable book that was beautifully narrated. Story was better than the movie. Easy to listen to on a long flight.
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.
"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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