“This beautifully written memoir about taking chances, living in Italy, loving a house and, always, the pleasures of food, would make a perfect gift for a loved one. But it’s so delicious, read it first yourself.”—USA Today
The 20th anniversary edition of the classic, updated with a new afterword. Don’t miss Frances Mayes in PBS’s Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special!
Twenty years ago, Frances Mayes—widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer—introduced readers to a wondrous new world when she bought and restored an abandoned villa called Bramasole in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. Under the Tuscan inspired generations to embark on their own journeys—whether that be flying to a foreign country in search of themselves, savoring one of the book's dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, or simply being transported by Mayes's signature evocative, sensory language. Now, with a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, the 20th anniversary edition of Under the Tuscan Sun brings us up-to-date with the book's most beloved characters.
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I agree with "Disappointed". Would have bought the book if there was a different voice narrating.
Really, the Narrator's voice does not fit?
Unless I am mistaken, the Author was reading the book which for me is what I really like. I truly cherish my version of Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy especially because Douglas Adams narrates the work. Have we become so synthetic that we expect everything to fit into certain aesthetic parameters regardless of what is sincere and genuine. I wonder how difficult you would find Mark Twain as a narrator- wow if only. My only disappointment is that this is an abridged version. Frances has two other of her books that she reads and are unabridged.
Read, don't listen
The author is doing the reading. I suppose that's a good thing in some cases. But as I'm listening, I can hear how dry her mouth is. There are all of these weird, cottonmouth sounds. I really wish I could hand her a glass of water so that I could listen and enjoy. But the timber if her voice, and the strange saliva sounds are supremely irritating. I like the book, but I feel that I've wasted my money on the audiobook.
I am also really irritated by her droning voice, and her pronunciation of certain words, like "arugyula" when it should be pronounced "arugula". Some people may find the accent charming, but I find it endlessly irritating. And who the hell is Ed? This doesn't seem to be explained at all. There is endless talk about remodeling, and none about the relationships between the characters.