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Summary

In the second novel in the Pop Larkin series, the Larkin family descends upon Brittany in France. Like fish out of water, they find that things don't quite turn out their way: The weather is less than ideal, the food is awful, and the hotel is in a bad state of repair. But things slowly improve as Pop manages to sweet-talk Mlle Dupont, Angela Snow, and her sister, Iris; and Charley and Mariette celebrate their first wedding anniversary. A Breath of French Air is a delightful book full of nostalgia, fun, and frivolity.

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©1959 H. E. Bates (P)2016 Naxos AudioBooks

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Definitely a Breath of Fresh Air

The second of H.E. Bates' Larkin novels lives right up to the glorious first. In a word, 'perfick' - as is Philip Franks' pitch perfect reading!

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joyful

narrated beautifully. characterisation is "Perfik". definitely recommend for escapism. I will be listening for it again.

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Amazing!

it's the original Charlie narrating! what's not to love? he has a broad voice range and is very compelling for all characters! especially how he voices Ma Larkin! Well worth the money x

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A fun sequel

If, like me, you enjoyed the Darling Buds of May then this a really enjoyable sequel with the further adventures of Pop, Ma and the rest of the Larkin brood.
The most enjoyable part is Philip Franks easy, fluent recital of the story which really draws you in.

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Again an excellent rendition of the book. Philip Franks brings all the charectures to life .😀

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A Great Listen

Loved the books, loved the TV series. Now - loved listening to the books excellently read by Philip Franks.

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fantastic

a wonderful and positive story that feels the soul with joy. Definitely one to buy.

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  • 15-05-20

Not as good as TV adaptation

This is one of those few books where the TV adaptation is better, less dirty, less sexual, less sexist, more interesting added side stories, and less focused on a perverted man in that each character has their own stories that are more fleshed out and real. The TV show brings this series to life. I don't think I would enjoy the book much if I hadn't seen the TV series. It's disgusting what the main male character in this series and the author's Uncle Silas do, the latter being way worse. Seems a man's fantasy of very tolerable wives.

Narration is excellent, by the actor of Charlie in the TV series! Wonderful.

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  • Bianca
  • 01-01-19

Trite in every respect.

This book may be alright for reading while crossing the Atlantic. The story line is never challenging.

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  • Andrew Thompson
  • 27-06-19

best of british drama

amazing to think these are 60 year old novels. great characters and wonderful plots. like a stroll along the canal in kent.