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A Good Year

Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Max Skinner is a man at the heart of London's financial universe until his employers embark on a little asset-stripping of their own. Himself. Amid the grey London drizzle, there is one potential ray of sunshine: Max's Uncle Harry has left him his estate in his will, an eighteenth-century chateau and vineyard an hour's drive from Avignon. Out of a job, and encouraged by his friend Charlie about the money in modern wine, he heads for France. What Max discovers is a beautiful house, wonderful weather, and a bustling village. The downside is the quality of the wine in his vineyard; but when Max suggests calling in an expert, Roussel, a former employee of his uncle's, is resistant. Help is at hand, however, when a beautiful blonde Californian arrives unexpectedly at the chateau.

A Good Year won a Gold Spoken Word Award in 2004 in the Unabridged Contemporary Fiction category.

©2004 Escargot Productions (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-05-2020

What a lovely book

Although it differed from the movie (which I loved), this was also lovely. Well narrated and easy listening, I would highly recommend this.

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  • David
  • 02-01-2020

A Enjoyable and Entertaining story.

A enjoyable and entertaining story; with a great performance by Time Piggot - Smith.

A easy and light story to listen to.

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  • Simon
  • 01-02-2014

Escapism for a Francophile

What made the experience of listening to A Good Year the most enjoyable?

A pleasurable book that was beautifully narrated. Story was better than the movie. Easy to listen to on a long flight.

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  • Ani
  • 01-07-2012

Thoroughly enjoyable

Perfect book for francophiles! The narrator was great, and listening to this in my car made me wish I was driving in the south of France.

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  • H. Anthony
  • 07-12-2011

Nothing like the movie with Russell Crowe

Nothing like the movie but enjoyable none the less. However it's a bit disconcerting when the storyline is so different from a movie you absolutely loved!

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  • Edward
  • 07-04-2009

A Good Year. By Peter Mayle.

Charming, witty, unpredictable and thoroughly entertaining. Tim Piggot-Smith does an excellent job as narrator. One of those all too rare books you don't want to end.

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  • Katy
  • 30-04-2009

A Good Year

I really enjoyed this book. It is a feel-good story about sunshine, friends and wine in the South of France.

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  • J. Stephens
  • 31-08-2020

Not as good as the film

Very ordinary. The film has such atmosphere and the history between uncle and max is so deep, there is none of this in the book...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-07-2020

Addictive & Enjoyable

I managed to stretch this book out over 3 days (at a struggle), but could have finished it in a single sitting.
I work as a Sommelier, so it was great to find a good story with Wine at the heart of it.
The author has a fantastic way of setting the scene and making you relax as if you were in Provence as well.
Make sure you have a bottle if Luberon to enjoy while you listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-02-2020

Great fun and superb narration

Peter Mayle writes beautifully about France and creates great characters. Tim Pigott - Smith always delivers clear and convincing accents.

I wish there was a follow up to this story but it’s time to listen again to Toujours Provence

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  • Rev Ewer
  • 01-02-2020

Light-hearted story set in sunny south of <br />France

Wish they would do the other Peter Mayle books read by English narrators.

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  • P
  • 17-01-2020

Wine & Cheese

The style felt a bit dated now, but it is a gentle story about moving to France, drinking wine and eating. Good book to fall asleep to.

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  • Mrs
  • 20-06-2019

Captivating story, read brilliantly

As always Peter Mayle does not disappoint and Tim Piggott-Smith narration is not only believable but extremely enjoyable.

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  • riverside
  • 20-05-2019

Interesting, evocative, but predictable!

I really wanted to like this! It Didn’t need the air of a caper! Needed greater development, particularly as the book drew to a close. Sorry, merely average!

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  • Michael
  • 11-06-2018

Feel like in France

Wonderful gentle story with all the usual wit of Peter Mayle about Provence, the English and life in France.