[Download] Under the Tuscan Sun By Frances Mayes

Under the Tuscan Sun

By: Frances Mayes
Narrated by: Frances Mayes
Length: 6 hours
Release date: Jul 5, 2000
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1,290 votes, average: 3.50 out of 5)

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20th Anniversary Edition with a New Afterword

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 Sun 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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31 Responses to “[Download] Under the Tuscan Sun By Frances Mayes”

  1. Louise

    Annoying Voice
    Great story just can’t continue to listen to the voice. Monotone, no emotion. I’m very disappointed.

  2. Emile Faeth

    Read the book! Save your ears!
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

  3. Pearle Burth

    Remove from your wish list NOW!
    I put this book in my wish list…then read the reviews and decided not to buy. A few weeks later came back to my wish list and absentmindedly bought the book. Arrrrggghh – it’s just as bad as everyone says. The author should do herself a favor and get another narrator. Obviously there are lots of people who want to hear the story…but very few want to hear it in her voice. ?

  4. Sudie Kiley

    Unexpected disappointment…
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

  5. Thurman Knupp

    Wish I could return this..
    I wish I had read the reviews before I bought this book. I had seen the movie beforehand and loved it so I figured the book would be that much better. I was wrong!!

  6. Lane Lisi

    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!

  7. Jarred Lehner

    Needs A Different Narrator
    I tried two times and just couldn’t handle it anymore. Thankfully I also have this in paperback and will read rather than suffer through the painful narration. It’s not always a good thing for the author to read their work; this is one of times.

  8. Emely Deisch

    Good book, abysmal narration
    The book is everything that people have described it to be–a beautiful tapestry of life in the Tuscan countryside and all the trials & tribulations of taking on renovation of a piece of European history.
    If this sounds like it interests you, buy the book, don’t get the audiobook because unfortunately the narration will distract you from the enjoyment you seek.

  9. Randell Valorie

    Never thought I’d say it but the movie is way better than the book!
    Her voice is painful, her writing is scattered and overall, just bad. Heartbreaking and super disappointing. She tries too hard to be creative with her metaphors and such. Just so bad.

  10. Brent C.

    Author is not a narrator
    I really wish I had bothered to either read the reviews or listen to a snippet. What should be a very nice, relaxing book is awful. I can’t get into the scenes she is describing because her voice ruins it. Buy the book, not the audio. Unless… someone reads enough of the bad reviews and re-records it. (Then give all of us poor schmucks that listened to the bad version a free upgrade.)

  11. Malcolm Mangine

    Italy from an Ex-Pat’s view
    UtTS is not a typical novel, but provides such detailed descriptions of Italy, you feel as if you’re there. There is no plot, no “point” or climax. Simply a story about a woman’s connection to the land, her new home and her experience of the culture of Italy. The author’s voice is wonderful to listen to, and so the experience is almost surreal as you listen. Great “Listen” but some friends in my bookclub never finished it in the book format! (ie. not a great “read”?!) I loved listening on an evening walk around the neighborhood. Great escape from day to day life for 20 minutes at a time!

  12. Ward Magin

    The Movie was much better
    I enjoyed the story in this movie and hoped the book would have additional enjoyable adventures. Unfortunately I found the opposite. The story seemed disconnected and didn’t flow as well as the movie. I guess this is the down fall of seeing the movie first.

    In any case the most problematic concern was the narrator’s voice. Ms. Mayes should have opted for someone else to narrate. Ms. Mayes’ soft southern drawl didn’t seem natural and was very distracting.

    I had to give up on this one, it was too painful to listen to.

  13. Dotty Leppke

    I enjoyed hearing the author narrate, even though she is not a professional. It felt more authentic. I also enjoyed the story, giving me a glimpse of life in a far away place. My biggest disappointment with this book is that it’s abridged. I rarely ever buy any anything that’s abridged and I wish they would give the full book option.

  14. Marvin H.

    Mayes voice is not “listen” friendly
    Would you consider the audio edition of Under the Tuscan Sun to be better than the print version?

  15. Kandice Sabates

    do not like
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

  16. AAnderson

    A great book
    I loved reading this book , I loved watching this book as a movie , I however dislike the voice of Frances Mayes. The content is wonderful, the story is inspiring , the VOICE IS grating. A more vocal lyrical reader would have transported me to Italy and sent me into raptures. Some writers are not meant to be readers. Keep to what you know best and that is writing and get someone with a voice to read your words. This was a terrible attempt, hence the other Frances Mayes books will be left un-listened, as I could not put my ears through another onslaught of Frances reading

  17. Jina Carsen

    Easy to tune out.
    The underlying story is entertaining. it is hidden underneath layers of overly intellectual folderol and poetic waxing which makes it hard to follow at times does she really think like that I’d be exhausted. wal these are her words that she is reading my initial impression was that her reading was too fast although I thought she settled in or I became more accustomed to her voice. I felt that between the ramblings and The Voice it was hard to stay focused on the story and I often caught myself daydreaming while listening to the story.

  18. Darius Caracciola

    Bad choice for narration
    Loved the description and great writing about Tuscany. Not too much of a storyline to follow in the book, and realized it’s nothing like the movie’s premise. The narrator is performed by the author, and it was the most unfortunate part. I thought she was monotone and the inflictions were odd.

  19. Freddie Diachenko

    Great book, hideous narrator voice.
    I disliked the voice of the narrator so much that I cannot listen another minute.
    It’s such a shame as I love the story.

  20. Dirk

    Not HGood
    Would you try another book from Frances Mayes and/or Frances Mayes?

  21. Wilbert B.

    Worst Narration
    What disappointed you about Under the Tuscan Sun?

  22. Verda M.

    Why is this a classic?!
    Boring, long, and pointless. The author’s voice is annoying. I’m sorry I ever wasted a credit on this book.

  23. Bettie Lesko

    Her Voice
    Would you try another book from Frances Mayes and/or Frances Mayes?

  24. Alfred Mattos

    Tuscan Daydreams
    I read this year’s ago but listening to it has lead me too much daydreaming

  25. Jackelyn Morago

    Under Par
    What would have made Under the Tuscan Sun better?

  26. Britt Cromie

    I enjoy listening to the story over and over again
    Everytime I listen to the story that brings back fond memories of restoring my own homes here in United States. One day I will find myself going to cuddling and findings aHome to restore an encounter the same challenges and rewards.

  27. Kip Gerwin

    The Voice Made Me Nuts
    I could NOT listen to this book. Frances Mayes may be a wonderful cook, and she’s not a bad writer, but she should get someone else to read her books. Her voice is very nasal and, if this is possible, an excited monotone. She’s so excited about everything that it all becomes meaningless.

  28. Corrine Rippy

    Thick southern accent hard to get over
    The reader has a think southern accent and maybe it’s because I loved the movie that her reading of the book did not connect for me. Also the movie filled out the story and gave depth and description to characters, the book is pretty much ONLY about the house and the work they did on it, not much else going on in the story. Kind of a let down.

  29. Ronnie Neigh

    Wish I had read the reviews….
    I was so excited for this book but the narration is just AWFUL!!! Every professional should know her limitations. The author ruined her own sales of this audio book. Even if I could get past her southern accent, I couldn’t bear another minute of her boring, monotone voice!!! I couldn’t even listen past Chapter 3.

  30. Angela

    Delicious Italy!
    wonderfully written descriptions of Italy’s food and culture peppered with southern humor. Delightful. listen and enjoy

  31. Frank B.

    so disappointing
    The story was not really a story at all but rather a stream of incoherent consciousness. And the author’s choice to read it herself was a self indulgent and ill advised one. Her voice was utterly devoid of intonation. Apart from her ability to turn a pretty phrase on a topic rich with literary foder, this author has no depth or substance.

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