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Summary

A little over 10 years ago, Janine Marsh and her husband gave up their careers in London to chase the good life in the countryside of northern France. Having overcome the obstacles of starting to renovate her dream home - an ancient, dilapidated barn - and fitting in with the peculiarities of the locals, Janine is now the go-to expat in the area for those seeking to get to grips with a very different way of life. 

In this book, Janine regales us with the delights and dramas of a year attempting to live the rural idyll. Each month brings to light a new aspect of life in the French countryside: snow in January, resulting in a broken arm, which in turn leads to an etiquette lesson at the local hospital; wild winds in February; cuckoos in March; and giant hailstones in July that destroy cars and houses and bring the villagers closer together.

Told with warmth and humor, My Good Year in France showcases a uniquely French way of life: where two eternally ambitious expats drag a neglected farmhouse to life, and deal with the accompanying disasters, learn to grow vegetables, discover how to cook, and stumble across the hidden gems of this very special part of the world.

©2020 Janine Marsh (P)2020 Tantor

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Poor narration

The story was very interesting and flowed well, but I did not like the narration. Every sentence had an irritating rhythm which put me off listening.

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Love this book!

I really did enjoy this book, perhaps even more so than the first , which is saying something because I loved the first on kindle too. I think I might prefer the kindle version of this too. The content and wonderful tales of a full year in France are a delight to hear / read. However the narration really did take away from my enjoyment. The lilt and intonation followed exactly the same pattern - up down up down. Delivered slightly like a TV game show presenter- I found it utterly distracting and not enjoyable. That aside, the story itself is delightful. Overall I absolutely loved the book, aside from the narrative style.

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Poor narration

I tried to finish the book but the narration was bad, it had an odd rhythm almost robotic, I couldn’t follow the story as the voice just annoyed me. If ever the book is recorded with a different narrator I would love to hear the book.

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Lovely insight to everyday French Living

Easy to listen to. I love France so it was easy to get lost in the way of life.
Cert3 listen to it again.

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An excellent book

An excellent book which I believe I would have enjoyed more except for the narration. I can't put my finger on why I found the narrators voice so bland and unbalanced without pause. I shall now read the kindle edition and enjoy much more.

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Wonderful

Just made feel as if I was in la belle France!

However I also learned lots from Janine's experiences!

Superb xx

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Nice bit of escapism

I really enjoyed hearing about all the wonderful places to explore in Northern France and the writers love for it. The narrator wasn't great and it sounded very computerised, a bit like Siri reading the book which was at times quite annoying and I couldn't listen to it for the same amount of time as I would other books, but give it a go and see what you think yourself

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Nice story, helps if you know France.

We once had house in France, so the querkines was familiar. Nice listen, pleasant story well presented.

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Such a shame that the narration is so robotic. The story is fascinating but annoyingly ruined by clunky, robotic narration.

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  • Sarah, Viking Queen
  • 15-06-20

Ruined by the narration

I LOVE Janine Marsh. Her writing is so sweet and engaging and I look forward to her emails every week. I so want to like this book, but the narration is SO AWFUL! Please, Janine, keep writing! And please, Janine, FIND ANOTHER NARRATOR! I feel disloyal not rating this audiobook higher, but I cannot. The reader’s voice sounds so affected, pretentious, and totally repetitive that I can barely listen for 30 minutes at a time before i blurt out unattractive commentary which I’m glad no one overhears. Hope I can finish listening, but I’m not optimistic. Bummed.

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  • Nick
  • 22-01-21

Makes you wanting to hear more.

Lovely book! So enjoyed it. Made my travels to France so much more memorable with her literary details. Makes you come back for more from this author.

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  • pmm
  • 26-10-21

Wonderful!

I love Janine Marsh’s books!
I did not care for the narrator.
The first book in the series had an excellent narrator. I don’t know why they decided to switch for this book.

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  • Gigi
  • 23-08-21

Not for me

It may good story but it is not for me. Do not familiar the culture.

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  • kgkmom
  • 04-08-21

I wanted to like it more

I really wanted to like this book more, but that was the issue. I kept wanting more, and was just left...wanting. I'm listening to her previous book, My Good Life in France, and I now realize that I should have listened to the books in reverse order. There is so much more detail in the first book that it's now filling in the gaps of this book. However, this shouldn't need to be the case. Each book should be able to stand on its own, and My Four Seasons in France is lacking. The slimmest part of the book is the final season. It feels like Ms. Marsh ran out of steam.

The narrator reads in a stilted, British news reader fashion, and tries too hard at French language pronunciation. This book lacks the feeling and inflection that My Good Life in France has. It's a shame that the books have different narrators.

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  • Sharon
  • 19-02-21

Good book bad narrator

I wish they would keep the same narrator for all the books in the same story. The first narrator was great this one not so much. So many words not pronounced properly. Very looong dragging voice as well as choppy and no feeling to the narrative. Great story though I’m a big fan of Janine Marsh

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-20

A magnificent story of life in rural France

Thoroughly enjoyed Janine's second book of her and Mark's life and experiences in rural France; and most fervently hope for a next installment, as well as an update on how the building is coming along, and how all the lovely neighbours are doing.

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  • Joanne
  • 23-05-20

If you love France ... or even if you don't!

I stumbled upon Janine's Marsh's first book "The Good Life in France" and fell in love with this down-to-earth and passionate author. With over 150,000 facebook followers, she still takes the time to interact and reply as she shares her expertise on the country she loves. Listen to the first book and then get into this equally enjoyable and humerous follow-up!