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A Piano in the Pyrenees Audiobook

A Piano in the Pyrenees

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Inspired by breathtaking views and romantically dreaming of finding love in the mountains, Tony Hawks impulsively buys a house in the French Pyrenees. Here, he imagines, he will finally fulfil his childhood fantasy of mastering the piano, untroubled by the problems of the world.

However, Tony's hopelessly ill-prepared stumbling into the world of overseas home ownership is perhaps best read as a useful manual of how not to go about buying a house abroad. He foolishly elects to build a swimming pool himself and takes his experience of relationships to a new level when he finds himself co-habiting, not with a beautiful French woman, but with a middle-aged builder from West London.

Yet, as Tony and his friends haplessly attempt to integrate themselves into local village life, they learn more about themselves and each other than they ever thought possible.

©2006 Tony Hawks; (P)2006 Random House Audiobooks

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    Paul Harmer Hill, Shropshire, United Kingdom 08/08/2006
    Paul Harmer Hill, Shropshire, United Kingdom 08/08/2006
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    "Another Classic"

    Tony Hawks deliveres another brilliant ramble, and having lived in France perfectly sums up the nature of the land. Captures the dry sense of humour the Frence have. Extremely funny.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona 16/02/2014
    Fiona 16/02/2014 Member Since 2013
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    Where does A Piano in the Pyrenees rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Adored this book brought back feelings again of moving to France and loved that the author read as well made it more personal, it was exciting funny and heart warming if you love travel books like me you will love this one.


    What about Tony Hawks’s performance did you like?

    Perfect


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emma Alfreton, United Kingdom 17/05/2011
    Emma Alfreton, United Kingdom 17/05/2011 Member Since 2016
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    "Another easy read (listen) from Tony Hawks"

    This is the first Tony Hawks book I have listened to, having read a couple of his previous books. As he has also narrated this book it feels as though he is sitting in your front room having a chat over a cup of tea. A lovely, easy listen. I was only disappointed it was quite short. Did it really need to be abridged?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris dudley, west midlands, United Kingdom 23/04/2008
    Chris dudley, west midlands, United Kingdom 23/04/2008
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    "piano in the pyrenees"

    I loved this book, it was really light and amusing. Very easy to read. I loved the characters and the interactions between them. Amusing story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan Ilkley, West Yorks, United Kingdom 07/06/2007
    Stephan Ilkley, West Yorks, United Kingdom 07/06/2007
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    "Tedious"

    Hmm... I have to admit that I didn't get all the way through this tedious ramble. I valiantly waded through two of my three CD's before throwing them into the back of the car. I have been to the Pyrenees twice and was looking forward to Tony capturing some of the magic of this region. He doesn't. It starts off well enough but his experience of buying a property and living there just isn't interesting. You're left with the distinct impression that he's embellishing many of his experiences to spice up his story. Maybe I should have listened to the final CD - perhaps he married a cross-dressing local or rescued passengers from a crashed jet. More likely I suspect he had more ?humorous? experiences. Perhaps something along the lines of an embarrassing episode in the market when he confuses the French words for onions and testicles.

    Give this one a miss. A more interesting read would be a road map of the Pyrenees.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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