• Under the Tuscan Sun

  • By: Frances Mayes
  • Narrated by: Frances Mayes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-12-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (22 ratings)


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.
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Critic reviews

"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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1 out of 5 stars
By Mike on 17-10-13


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator with a more pleasing accent would have helped. Allowing the author to narrate totally ruined this book for me. I had previously read this book and was looking forward to listening but found the accent style of the narrator extremely irritating.

What didn’t you like about Frances Mayes’s performance?

As above. Totally ruined this book for me and only therefore listened to a few chapters.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

In written form it is very enjoyable. In this audio format it is horrendous as a result of narrators style and accent.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By j stockton on 23-09-12


Enjoyed this book, but the southern American accent and tones of the narrator were a little grating.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Alicia on 19-09-03

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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1 out of 5 stars
By John Windle on 05-09-05

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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