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Provence A-Z Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Assets; Abridged edition (14 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739340255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739340257
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,136,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Mayle is the author of 11 books on Provence, including the best-selling non-fiction works A Year In Provence and Toujours Provence. His novels include A Good Year, which will be released as a film in October 2006. He has contributed to a wide range of publications in England, France and America, and his work has been translated into 22 languages. He lives in Provence with his wife. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Paperback
Beware all who begin reading this: I'm totally incapable of writing an unbiased review of anything authored by Peter Mayle. I'm a dedicated Mayle-ite, unabashed, unrepentant, and completely under the spell of this witty, charming chronicler of his Provencal experiences.

Thus, it is with the greatest reluctance that my comments re Provence A - Z are less than laudatory. For me it is precisely what the title implies - an alphabetical listing of words with each followed by a brief definition, description or explanation.. Some of the included listings were of interest to me; others were received with my version of a Gallic shrug.

We begin with "Accent" and learn that French is not truly the language spoken in Provence as we might expect but what is spoken is "a rich, thick, pungent verbal stew, simmered in an accent filled with twanging consonants." The closing listing is "Zingue - Zingue - Zoun," which we are told is used to describe the sound of a violin.

Yes, there are frequent flashes of the Mayle humor throughout. But, for this reader, Provence A - Z is adulterated Mayle, and I much prefer him pure - straight, if you will, without soda or water simply because he is one of the world's premier raconteurs, an amiable travel guide, and blessed with an unerring eye for humor in the most improbable situations.

If you've not read Mayle, I encourage you to let your introduction be A Year In Provence or Encore Provence - both are pure Mayle, pure pleasure.

- Gail Cooke
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Format: Hardcover
While written like a dictionary this book isn't really a reference and can easily be read front to back. Mr Mayle has lost none of his evocative, funny, easy writing style so that anyone who either likes France or has read any of his other books, will be very pleased with this latest effort. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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Format: Audio CD
My husband I bought both the book and audio CD of "Provence A-Z", and prefer the audio. This is because you can actually hear the French words being spoken. Very useful for anyone planning a visit or dare I say, relocation, to any of the southern regions of France. Some of the information is repeatitive for those who have read much of Peter Mayer's travel books and novels. Nevertheless, this guide makes for a useful, if not cheeky, guide to life in Provence.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book. nice to read snip-its and quote them later. Makes me seem smart. I recommend it, as i read it .Makes me want to visit the places for real.But the words create the feeling of being there.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had forgotten that in my enthusiasm for all things Provencal that this is just an alphabetically arranged list of words taken from Peter Mayle's excellent past works. Boring.
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