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Under the Tuscan Sun

Lu par : Frances Mayes
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Frances Mayes - widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer - opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In sensuous and evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. An accomplished cook and food writer, Mayes also creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, all of which are included in this audio. Doing for Tuscany what M.F.K. Fisher and Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion. A celebration of the extraordinary quality of life in Tuscany, Under the Tuscan Sun is a feast for all the senses.
©1998 Frances Mayes (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell, A Division of Random House Inc.


"An intense celebration of what [Mayes] calls 'the voluptuousness of Italian life'...appealing and very vivid." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Irresistible...a sensuous book for a sensuous countryside." (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Alicia
  • 19/09/2003

Under the Tuscan Sun

I think I would have enjoyed reading the book. The narrator's (authors) voice is just plain irritating and makes it difficult to want to continue listening.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • MKaj
  • 16/02/2003

Under the Tuscan Sun

This book invites you to book passage immediately for Tuscany. With lush, lyrical prose, the author creates an image of a Tuscan village and her beloved ramshackle house, Bramasole, that is almost too compelling to resist. For those familiar with Peter Mayle's books on Provence, you will undoubtedly appreciate the more poetic and introspective text that Frances Mayes has created.

Alas, the narration is not a match for the text. The author/narrator appears almost unfamiliar with the text, reading it rather than living it as I had expected. Overall, though, this audiobook is a treat for the ears and also the mind's eye.

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Analee Allport
  • 05/06/2010

Sadly disappointed

This is a horrible thing to say...

I watched the movie and had an image of Frances Mayes in my head. I loved the movie, I fantasized that it could be my life, I had a romanticized view of her. Then I started to listen to the book and her voice totally ruined it. I imagined a soft, non-accented voice and the voice talking to me was completely not that voice.

Like I said, it's a horrible thing to say, but I decided to buy the paper version of the book and just read it instead

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • John Windle
  • 05/09/2005

Oh that voice

You may or may not enjoy self-satisfied accounts of how wonderfully two rich and entitled Americans overcame all obstacles (largely by spending huge amounts of money) to create a dream home in Tuscany and start a craze for ruining other countries' countrysides. But the author's voice (yes, she reads it herself, surprise surprise) is so gratingly awful, so harsh on the ears, that I could hardly bear to listen to her whine on in her hideous Southern/Calfornian accent about how hard it was for her and her husband to triumph over lazy or corrupt Italians, incompetent or destructive workmen of various European backgrounds, and banks that took days to process their financial transactions. Frankly it made me sick. Enjoy...

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Eric
  • 27/09/2009

Good story, worse reader

I could not get passed how terrible this story was read. I would recommend actually reading this book rather than try to listen to a monotone voice with Southern accent.

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Charline
  • 27/06/2004

You liked the movie, the book is nothing like it.

The book is a diary more than anything. It does make you want to go out and cook Italian and visit the small towns if Tuscany, if you can get through the irritating voice of the author.

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Cheryll Clapper
  • 02/09/2006

Under the Tuscan Sun

The narrator's voice (while authentic) was very irritating to the point that I could not even finish the book. I found the narration to be nasal and whiney. I'm sure the book was a good read, but feel that the book on tape would have been much more enjoyable had it been narrated by someone else.

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Stefanie
  • 17/03/2004

Reader is terrible

I could not finish this book because the reader was absolutely awful. She had no emotion or voice inflection to break up the monotony of each sentence.

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • David
  • 28/01/2005

Give this book before marrying someone

"Under the Tuscan Sun" is perhaps the most boring book of all time. If you really want to listen to an overindulged, overeducated ex-Southern Belle's surface snapshots of "my trip to Italy" taken between her bubblebaths and quaffs of Chianti, then this is your ticket. I learned ONE piece of useful information, that there are scorpions in Tuscany. Otherwise, the only use for this book is as a way to screen potential spouses...if they like the book, dump them quick!

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  • Corey
  • 08/12/2015

Writer's voice so annoying.

From now on, I shall listen to the free audio sample before I get a book. Someone should have told the author that she has a very annoying reading voice, and that she should get an actor to read her book. I really tried to listen/be committed. But, five chapters in-- and I just can't do it. It sounds like a good book. But her voice is just so grating and "acted". I don't care how much money I spent on the book -- I can't keep going with it. It is too annoying.

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • CRoth1964
  • 21/05/2012

Rather slow and disappointing

Oooh, why did I watch the movie before reading the book?! That spoiled it for me.

And why did the author herself read the book - not a good choice at all. I thought that her strong Southern drawl and very slow pace did not really fit.

All in all, the story is slow, and remains slow, despite of the explanation of their achievements and their love for Italy, which I share.

And I only realized in the end that this was an abridged version. Not sure whether the longer version would have been better though.

I found this audio book rather disappointing, due to the reasons I quoted above.

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