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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Nov. 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SPZREO
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A Piano in the Pyrenees: The Ups and Downs of an Englishman in the French Mountains Audiobook – Unabridged
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I'm also surprised that other reviewers have complained that the book is unfair to the French as I felt it showed them in a great light and it certainly treated the English and their inability/unwillingness to speak the language equally as badly
I did rather get tired of Tony's lauding of the Rural French way of life over that of London city life, sure we'd all like to live in rural idyls but most of us have to work for a living
I enjoyed the story, it has a gentle pace and leaves you with a smile on your face - rather like the location he writes so well about. When you've finished reading, it's worth heading to Tony Hawks' website for photos of the house and views.
My only criticism is the number of typos in the Kindle Edition. I don't know if these are exclusive to Kindle but there are at least half a dozen examples that you wouldn't expect from a professionally produced book. I don't know what Tony Hawks would make of it (probably another chapter) and perhaps I'm just being picky but these are quite glaring, example lie instead of he.
To finish on a positive, it's a good read full of interesting characters in a lovely location and I would certainly recommend it.
As another reviewer has stated, this book is not as fast-paced as some of Mr Hawks' other titles, however there is more than enough going on to keep the reader interested. Minor characters in the book, such as Tony, give the narrative a gentle flow with the regular doses of humour that one would expect from this author.
Despite the way that Tony neglects to give the piano the attention it deserves, I would say that on the whole this is a really excellent book that will give you a warm feeling inside, or outside (depending on where you are reading it). The only problem with Tony Hawks as an author is that he hasn't written enough books. Come on Tony, give us something with a trumpet in it.