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Summary

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

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A Good Year. By Peter Mayle.

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.

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A Good Year

I really enjoyed this book. It is a feel-good story about sunshine, friends and wine in the South of France.

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Nice but a tad sexist

Nice story well read but the constant comments about “pretty girls” and the general sexualisation and objectification of women gets very tiresome very quickly

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Not as good as the film

Very ordinary. The film has such atmosphere and the history between uncle and max is so deep, there is none of this in the book...

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A good listen!

This is a charming story set in sunny relaxed Provence, an absolute winner and beautifully read by Tim Piggott- Smith.

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preferred the film version

Usually when I read a book after watching the film version I find lots of detail that has been missed in film. Not in this case. I am afraid i missed the entertaining/ interesting bits from the film.

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A fun read/listen

Peter Mayle at his best... Full of wit, charm and the Authors love of Provence. Great narration by Tim Piggot Smith.

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Easy listen

A nice change to listen to a nice even paced story of the English in France. Several calm happy hours of entertainment.

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A Good Year

A bloody good book, I loved it. Shame that the film wasn't the same .

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Addictive & Enjoyable

I managed to stretch this book out over 3 days (at a struggle), but could have finished it in a single sitting.
I work as a Sommelier, so it was great to find a good story with Wine at the heart of it.
The author has a fantastic way of setting the scene and making you relax as if you were in Provence as well.
Make sure you have a bottle if Luberon to enjoy while you listen

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  • 24-05-20

What a lovely book

Although it differed from the movie (which I loved), this was also lovely. Well narrated and easy listening, I would highly recommend this.

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  • David
  • 02-01-20

A Enjoyable and Entertaining story.

A enjoyable and entertaining story; with a great performance by Time Piggot - Smith.

A easy and light story to listen to.

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  • 01-02-14

Escapism for a Francophile

What made the experience of listening to A Good Year the most enjoyable?

A pleasurable book that was beautifully narrated. Story was better than the movie. Easy to listen to on a long flight.

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  • Ani
  • 01-07-12

Thoroughly enjoyable

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.

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  • H. Anthony
  • 07-12-11

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!