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A Good Year

Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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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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Great fun and superb narration

Peter Mayle writes beautifully about France and creates great characters. Tim Pigott - Smith always delivers clear and convincing accents.

I wish there was a follow up to this story but it’s time to listen again to Toujours Provence

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Light-hearted story set in sunny south of <br />France

Wish they would do the other Peter Mayle books read by English narrators.

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  • 17-01-20

Wine & Cheese

The style felt a bit dated now, but it is a gentle story about moving to France, drinking wine and eating. Good book to fall asleep to.

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Captivating story, read brilliantly

As always Peter Mayle does not disappoint and Tim Piggott-Smith narration is not only believable but extremely enjoyable.

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Interesting, evocative, but predictable!

I really wanted to like this! It Didn’t need the air of a caper! Needed greater development, particularly as the book drew to a close. Sorry, merely average!

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Feel like in France

Wonderful gentle story with all the usual wit of Peter Mayle about Provence, the English and life in France.

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Rural France, the good life revealed.

A story of immense charm portraying the essence of rural France, their enjoyment of wine, local cuisine and traditions.

Brilliantly narrated by Tim Piggot-Smith

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A Good Book too...

My friends and my long suffering husband have often put up with me shouting at the TV because they were showing a film that was nothing like the book. In this case I actually saw and really liked the film first. The book is very different but very enjoyable and as I already have recordings by Tim Pigott-Smith I knew I would not be let down by the performance. It is likely that had I read the book first I would have shouted at the tv which would have been a shame because I would have missed a good production, however the audiobook is well-narrated with very engaging characters and I will read and listen to it again and recommend it highly.

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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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  • Simon
  • 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!