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Chocolat

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Summary

When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud identifies her as a serious danger to his flock especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. War is declared as the priest denounces the newcomer's wares as the ultimate sin.

As a result, Vianne's plans for an Easter Chocolate Festival divide the whole community in a conflict that escalates into a "Church not Chocolate" battle. As mouths water in anticipation, can the solemnity of the Church compare with the pagan passion of a chocolate eclair?

©1999 Joanne Harris (P)2000 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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"Samantha Bond is perfectly cast as Vianne: her voice is smooth and luxurious. But Gareth Armstrong steals the show as the priest who turns increasingly to his faith and in so doing loses touch with reality." ( Observer)

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Should be unabridged!!

A magical and amazing story, such a shame it's abridged, really spoils it. Half the story is missing.

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  • Lynne
  • KEIGHLEY, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • 22-08-09

Mmmm. A Little Chocolat is good for the soul

I can't believe that this book hasn't been reviewed! I read it BEFORE seeing the film with Jonny Depp (Gorgeous). This is such a lovely heartwarming story. Joanne Harris's ability to bring scenes to life in your imagination is amazing. You can see and feel Vianne's struggles and triumphs vividly. An amazing story and one you mustn;t miss

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indulge in this wonderful story!

A great production of a much loved novel...it is both entertaining and entrancing! loved it

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Can’t get enough!

I love this version of Chocolat. I’ve listened to it many times and just can t get enough of it.
The story is amazingly deep and encouraging every time. Best audio version by miles. Can t get used to any other voices. Can thoroughly recommend it. It’s different to the film so even if you know the film it s worth a listen.

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Enjoyable French tail

I started reading this book many years ago, but halfway through I mislaid. It's a lovely French story, well narrated. I really enjoyed it.

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Short & enjoyable

Short and enjoyable listen. Not a big big crescendo ending but one that sits well with the rest of the book.

Good narration.

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chocolate scrumptious

Lovely story but I prefer Juliet Stevenson reading it. And would prefer unabridged version. still a fine read.

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