A Year in Provence

Version: Abridged
Author: Peter Mayle
Narrator: Peter Mayle
Genres: Travel, Europe
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: November 2004
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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More than 40,000 listeners have enjoyed this story on cassette. Now anyone who's ever dreamed of getting away from it all can enjoy the charms and challenges of "A Year in Provence on CD
Peter Mayle and his wife had been to Provence as tourists. They had dreamed of one day trading the long, gray winters and damp summers of England for the blue skies and sunshine of the coast of southern France. And then they made it happen.
They moved into an old farmhouse at the foot of the Luberon mountains and embarked on a wonderful, if at times bewildering, new life. Among their experiences that first year: being inundated with builders and visitors, grappling with the native accent, taking part in goat races and supervising the planting of a new vineyard.
Peter Mayle personally recounts the pleasures and frustrations of Provenal life--sharing in a way no one else can, the unique and endearing culture that is Provence.
"A Year in Provence was a "New York Times bestseller for three years and won the British Book Awards' "Best Travel Book of the Year."

Reviews (4)

Written by Elisha C. on November 15th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 2/5

If I hadn’t already read the paper copy of this book I would be even more disappointed. I was so disappointed in the quality of this recording. It seems to me that The recording was sped up so much that it was hard to understand a word he said. The only way I understood any if it was having been familiar with the book already. I was so excited to see that the author was the narrator but was quickly disappointed once I realized the recording had apparently been tampered with. I’m afraid that these recordings will not garner any new peter mayle recordings.

Written by Dan D on June 9th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Outstanding. Ready to go back...made me feel like I was there the whole time

Written by Suzanne Wolf on January 17th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was light and amusing. I highly recommend it if you enjoy good food and envision what it's like to live in Provence.


Written by Anonymous on January 11th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was a fun book! Short and funny. If you love food, you will especially love hearing all the stories.

Author Details

Author Details

Mayle, Peter

Peter Mayle is the author of A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence, as well as the novels Hotel Pastis, A Dog's Life, and Anything Considered. His books have been translated into twenty-two languages. He divides his time between the south of France and Long Island.