Under the Tuscan Sun

Version: Abridged
Author: Frances Mayes
Narrator: Frances Mayes
Genres: Romance, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: January 1998
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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“This beautifully written memoir about taking chances, living in Italy, loving a house and, always, the pleasures of food, would make a perfect gift for a loved one.  But it’s so delicious, read it first yourself.”—USA Today
The 20th anniversary edition of the classic, updated with a new afterword. Don’t miss Frances Mayes in PBS’s Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special!   

Twenty years ago, Frances Mayes—widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer—introduced readers to a wondrous new world when she bought and restored an abandoned villa called Bramasole in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. Under the Tuscan inspired generations to embark on their own journeys—whether that be flying to a foreign country in search of themselves, savoring one of the book's dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, or simply being transported by Mayes's signature evocative, sensory language. Now, with a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, the 20th anniversary edition of Under the Tuscan Sun brings us up-to-date with the book's most beloved characters.

Reviews (14)

Under the Tuscan Sun

Written by Rachel O on August 12th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of my all time favorite books, Tuscany and food what more could u want!

Written by LYNDA G on May 24th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I literally just could NOT listen to this book. It's one of my favorite movies so I didn't bother to read the reviews because I already know and love the story but WOW, a very poor choice in a narrator. She not only had a monotonous tone but she read at such a pace that it wasn't even the slightest bit relaxing. I just couldn't. I really hope they redo this with another narrator so we can enjoy this amazing story. If you're reading this PRIOR to purchasing, unfortunately it's not worth even a small amount of money. Just watch the movie or choose another book. Very disappointed. I'm deleting it now.

under the tuscan sun

Written by Anonymous from Richmond, IN on June 30th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I just tried to listen to this - I couldn't - maybe if I read the book it would be better - but to listen to it - it was like "blah, blah, blah"... Sorry....


Written by Susan from Dinuba, CA on November 7th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I don't like to write bad things about any book but this one was simply awful. I didn't finish it. Maybe, maybe if the reader hadn't had that droning voice and hadn't gone on and on and on about the same things over and over. Really, there are too many good books to listen to and read to waste time on this one. SORRY

Under the Tuscan Sun

Written by Anonymous on September 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I was greatly disappointed in this audio book, and I hope that it was NOT the author doing the narrating........what a monotonous lifeless drawl! Whatever good attributes the book might have had, for once, I found the movie far better than the book. How equally bad are the other F. Mayes books I wonder? I will not bother to find out~

Under the Tuscan Sun

Written by Sandra on March 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I was very disappointed with this selection. I've lived in the south all my life but could not listen to this reader's accent for more than ten minutes.

Under the Tuscan Sun

Written by Anonymous from Wildwood, MO on July 1st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This is one of the few books I've rented that I did not finish. It was not very good.

Under the Tuscan Sun

Written by Anonymous on March 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I did not enjoy this book. It did not hold my interest and the reader had no excitement in her voice. I actually listened to the first 2 disc's to give it a chance but gave up; maybe too soon.

Under the Tuscan Sun [uab]

Written by Anonymous from Lasalle, ON on March 10th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I found the audio book disapointing. I kept waiting for the story to begin. I felt like I was listening to my old aunt tell me about her home repair not leaving out a single detail. The house seems great, but what are you going to do with it once its fixed? I had to stop listening after the second CD.

Better than I expected

Written by Anonymous from Brandon, MS on January 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This Italy is very idyllic, almost fairy-tale like. I'm a Southerner so I didn't mind the deep Georgia drawl of the author as much as the rambling. Could definitely been condensed, but as I have never been to Italy gave me a glimpse of life there. I can understand the obsession with home remodeling and how a house can totally possess you.

Author Details

Author Details

Mayes, Frances

"Frances Mayes is the author of three best-selling books about Italy. The number one New York Times best seller, Under the Tuscan Sun, remained on that list for over two years. It was followed by the memoir, Bella Tuscany, also an international best seller. These books are published in fourteen languages. In 2000, she published In Tuscany, a collaborative photo-text with Bob Krist and with her husband, the poet Edward Mayes. All three highly personal books are about taking chances, living in Italy, loving and renovating an old Italian villa, and the pleasures of food as well as the ""voluptuousness of Italian life.""

A widely published poet and essayist, Frances Mayes has written five books of poetry, most recently Ex Voto from Lost Roads Publishers. Her previous books of poetry are Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, and Hours. She is also the author of The Discovery of Poetry, published by Harcourt.

Formerly Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing, Mayes now devotes herself full time to writing. Her first novel, Swan, was published in October 2002. Ms. Mayes is the editor for the 2002 Best American Travel Writing. She and her husband continue to divide their year between San Francisco and Cortona, Italy. The film version of Under the Tuscan Sun (Disney / Touchstone, Fall 2003), features actress Diane Lane."