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Summary

It isn't often you receive a letter from the dead.

When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the village in south-west France where, eight years ago, she opened up a chocolate shop.

But Vianne is completely unprepared for what she finds there. Women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea, and there, on the bank of the river Tannes, facing the square little tower of the church of Saint-Jerôme like a piece on a chessboard - slender, bone-white and crowned with a silver crescent moon - a minaret.

Nor is it only the incomers from North Africa that have brought big changes to the community. Father Reynaud, Vianne's erstwhile adversary, is now disgraced and under threat. Could it be that Vianne is the only one who can save him?

©2012 Frogspawn (P)2012 Random House AudioGO

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The Wrong Choice of Narrator

Another magical tale from Joanne Harris but Rula Lenska was not a good choice of narrator for this book.

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Well worth the listen

This novel is a really good listen - the descriptions are colourful and evocative, and the mystery at the heart of the novel remains tantalising to the last. Initially Rula Lenska's narration seemed at odds with the youth of Vianne, but the range of her voice in creating the different characters compensated. Her co-narrator as M Le Cure was perfect. Very enjoyable and a great antidote to chilly British weather.

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Good, but weaker than the Lollipop Shoes

Where does Peaches for Monsieur le Curé rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Below Chocolat and the Lollipop Shoes, but definitily above the Holy Fools and Sleep, Pale Sister

Any additional comments?

The Performance of Gareth Armstrong as Francis Raynaud is awesome.

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Great third book in the series

This is the third book by Joanne Harris in the series starting with Chocolat, then The Lollipop Shoes. I had read the first two a while ago before listening to the audiobooks, but this one I only have in audio form.

All three books are very good reads and listens to and are stand alone stories but

I think it helps to listen to them in order, like most series.

Another good story from Joanne Harris and very well read.

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Peaches for Monsieur le Cure by Joanne Harris

This is a wonderfully entertaining story, set somewhere in deepest France and built around the fascinating Vianne Rocher of Chocolat fame. Read by Rula Lenska and Gareth Armstrong, the many characters are really brought to life and made listening an absolute pleasure, I was sorry when the book came to an end. I felt that I would benefit from being able to sit with Vianne and pour out all my troubles over a steaming cup of her marvellous-sounding hot chocolate! A real treat, thankyou.

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Chocolat revisited

I really enjoyed this book and revisiting the little town of Lansquenet where Chocolat had begun, to see how the characters had developed, the new ones that had arrived and a surprise return. I warmed to Mon. le cure this time far more than before as a different side to him is revealed throughout the book. The different readers were excellent and I finished by wanting to make my own peach jam. A lovely listen

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Great to return to Lansquenet

I thoroughly enjoyed and got wrapped up in this book and the excellent narration. Having found Lollipop Shoes a slightly uncomfortable listen due to the disturbing subject of identity theft, it was lovely to revisit the village of Lansquenet and themes developed from Chocolat.

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  • 02-08-16

Sooooooo beautiful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Everything you want from Joanne Harris and more. Back at lansquenet she develops the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

She is a master story teller. I am a lover of the spiritual nature and witchy beauty of her stories. Don't believe other review that says not as good ass lollipop shoes. Both fantastic.

What about Rula Lenska and Gareth Armstrong ’s performance did you like?

Both great. Took a bit of getting used to Rula after juliette stevensons reading of 'lollipop shoes'. Rula does kids and elderly brilliantly. Gareth Armstrong couldn't have been a better choice for playing the priest.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both!

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Good book, Very disappointing narration

I wish the narrators had bothered learning how to pronounce French and Arabic words and names. I wish they had even googled "V'la le bon vent" to hear how it sounds, instead of trying to sing it in totally the wrong way. It is the 3rd book in a series where the 2 previous audiobooks had fantastic narrators (one of them being the author) and the narrators clearly haven't paid attention. This really spoiled the enjoyement of the book.
The story itself is good, not as exciting as the first books, and slow and long at times, but good. I will need to find another narrator though.

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Wonderful Story

I just loved this book. it's so beautifully written and I found myself just falling in love with each character.

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  • Deb
  • 28-10-12

Vianne Never Stays Long Enough

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As always Joanne Harris delivers yet another spellbinding tale from Lansquenet and so a must for all of those who have followed Vianne Rocher and her family through the trilogy.

What did you like best about this story?

I always adore the way Joanne Harris weaves her spell in the way she write her stories.

Which character – as performed by Rula Lenska and Gareth Armstrong – was your favorite?

Vianne and the children by Rula and Monsieur le Cure by Gareth Armstrong

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the veil was removed for the first time and the story is behind that veil revealed.

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I thoroughly enjoyed hearing this book. The story brings a thousand different images through Joanne Harris' superb ability to capture her readers in a web of intrigue. The smells, colours and characters are seen in the eye of the mind so clearly that again I felt transported to France. I only wish I could visit that wonderful fictitious town known as Lansquenet and visit the Chocolaterie. Perhaps another movie on the way, I hope so.

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  • Diane
  • 13-03-21

The Magic of Chocolat continues

I really enjoy listening to all of the books in this series of four. This one number 3 has a very definite message on a number of very modern dilemmas facing us all. Food for thought! As always the atmosphere draws you in on all senses, and you become immersed in village life in France - a wonderful aromatic escape! Chocolat lives on throughout all the books and delights the reader

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  • Paddington
  • 17-02-13

Intriguing …… the best yet!

This is Joanne Harris’s best yet. I have read most of her books and enjoy her writing but this one surprised me I could not have predicted the twists in this story. It was a terrific sequel to Chocolat and I hope there will be more to come. Highly recommended.

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  • Danielle
  • 14-09-12

Beautiful

What did you love best about Peaches for Monsieur le Curé?

Joanne Harris hasn't let us down. Loved this book as much as her others. Beautifully written, I feel like I am dreaming when I read/listen to her stories.

What didn’t you like about Rula Lenska and Gareth Armstrong ’s performance?

I found the voices difficult to distinguish at first. I prefer audiobooks that use different actors for all the different characters.

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  • Jenny
  • 11-09-12

Delightful and delicious

If you could sum up Peaches for Monsieur le Curé in three words, what would they be?

Vivid, entertaining and enlightening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Peaches for Monsieur le Curé?

When they picked the first peaches - I could almost taste them!

Which scene was your favorite?

When the cure was giving confession through his letter box. I also liked spending time in the kitchen with the Muslim women.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I liked having the time to digest each chapter without having to rush through to the next. Having said that I couldn't wait for my journey to continue so I coulod listen to the next bit of the story.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this reading as the two voices brought the characters to life.

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  • Robin
  • 13-08-12

A wonderful further chapter in the Chocolat saga

If you could sum up Peaches for Monsieur le Curé in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, riveting, familiar

What did you like best about this story?

That Joanne Harris had maintained the same familiar characters but brought it up to date by introducing a whole load of immigrants with very familiar culture and how that culture was received by the small remote French village.

Have you listened to any of Rula Lenska and Gareth Armstrong ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I had not listened to others of their performances but I was very impressed with their rendition of this book. Both gave remarkable performances.

If you could rename Peaches for Monsieur le Curé, what would you call it?

I would never attempt to rename an author's work.