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Sintesi dell'editore

Acquired Tastes, originally published as Expensive Habits, is a celebration of life's extravagances. It explores an aspect of human nature that, although dormant in hard economic times, is capable of erupting with the hint of good fortune and the drop of a credit card. It samples the luxuries of Havana cigars, Parisian hotels, bespoke London tailoring, and handmade shoes; discusses the proper color for a stretch limousine; and weighs the cost versus the pleasure of keeping a mistress. The proper way to eat true caviar is explained while providing the listener with hours of pure, unadulterated escapism.

©1991 Peter Mayle (P)2011 Escargot Productions, Ltd.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • C Zhang
  • 17/09/2015

Loved every bit

The content seems to date back to 1970s / 1980s but things stay true despite the passage of time. I especially enjoyed the voice of the narrator - Robin Sachs. I am going to search for his other works at audible for sure.

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  • Generale
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  • Crisitna Tunon
  • 25/02/2021

Witty and hilarious

If you’re bleeding heart liberal, look away now. You’ll likely hate every single thing about this. If you’re not, or just happen to have a good sense of humor and want to hear about the finer things in life, that most people just aren’t aware of these days, then it’s worth the listen. It’s quick and funny. It’s obviously dated, but I still enjoyed it. I even added a few things to my bucket list I’d like to experience, after listening to this audio book.

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  • Generale
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  • hamster
  • 12/12/2020

So Much Fun!

This was a pleasure to hear. Regardless if you may or may not be able to live in this style, it is a reminder of treating YOURSELF to luxuries, on whatever level you may be afforded.

It was a delight and I giggled quite a bit!

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  • Generale
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  • Lettura
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  • Corey Fulton
  • 26/06/2022

Acquired taste not lost:

This book educated me on so many task around proper etiquette.
The knowledge relayed is useful, humorous and it was a fun read.
Thank You 👏👏 to the author.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • James R. Modrall
  • 05/06/2022

Some light joie de vivre

The 24 short humourous pieces in the collection seem generally to be about Peter Mayle enjoying the wealth from his Provence books. Some are charming, especially those involving food and bespoke clothing. Some less so - the cost of mistresses? Still, an enjoyable period piece, as Mayle himself puts it in the forward.

  • Generale
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27/04/2022

So satisfying, some chapters more fascinating

Some chapters more fascinating than others but all worth a listen. Narrator is exactly right for this , probably often tongue in cheek, book of , what might be considered as advice, but primarily its entertainment.😊

  • Generale
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  • Lisaisai
  • 05/04/2022

marvelous

Like a fine dinner, this book in its well-read audio form leaves a long lasting taste in your mind

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Susy
  • 11/11/2021

Light hearted and funny

Lighthearted and funny book. Really enjoyed listening to it. The person telling the story had a great voice and did really well.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Storia
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  • BeachBumming
  • 28/08/2021

Love the tongue-in-cheek humor!

Clever, witty, slightly sarcastic and very entertaining! Chapter 5 regarding Lawyers is the best! Narrated perfectly! Purchase this piece of perfection!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Tatiana @encourage.tatia
  • 21/08/2021

Amazing

Amazing Peter Mayle with gorgeous narration by Robin Sachs with all necessary accents made, intonation and sense of humor

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  • Generale
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  • megrose
  • 29/07/2022

Absolute joy!

An unusual compilations of the good things in life.Brilliantly narrated.
One of the few books I have listened to from beginning to end and simply relished each new chapter. I will listen again and again.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • F. C. Dolman
  • 17/04/2022

Amusing Insight

A very amusing insight into a world that I could never inhabit being a woman not prone to extravagances, but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey. However, I did not enjoy the performance which I found very staccato.

  • Generale
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  • Greg Chandler
  • 08/04/2022

Acquired Tastes

A really great listen, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My only disappointment was that it finished too soon, I could have listened to a few more hours of this story and the narrator is excellent. Now I’m going to search for more from this author and if it’s the same narrator, I be in heaven.
A first class 5 star performance.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • George Wheeler
  • 25/03/2022

Evocative and Playful Fare

Good fun, a daydream of a book. Ignore sensitive types who criticise it for being out of touch. It positions itself deliberately to be out of touch.

The point of the book is to discuss the completely unessential trappings of those with too much money to spare. It allows us an insight into aspects that we may not have ever considered. And it treats them as they should be treated; as luxuries. No-one in their right mind would consider fois-gras as necessary for life, or a second home a mere practicality. But it's fun to imagine a situation where we could do such a thing.

This book then, is a bit of an escape. And if it makes you curious to try out some of the aspects that it addresses, then where is the harm in that?

Personally, I love Mayle's writing style. It's witty and descriptive, funny and whimsical. This book isn't going to change your life, or make you examine your stance on the human condition. But it will entertain you and make you hungry to try new things. And that is objectively no bad thing.

Also, the narrator has just the right voice and style to carry off the script. An excellent job well done.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Louise A.
  • 11/11/2021

Peter Mayle does it again!

I, like so many others, first fell in love with Peter Mayle's writing whilst reading his famous books about moving to Provence. Here once again he provides amusement with his sardonic observations on life's very finest luxuries. From truffles to mistresses, Peter, the self confessed bon vivant, guides you through the process. Excellent narration by Robin Sachs, his elegant voice suits such a subject matter.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • susie
  • 02/11/2021

The good life guide for men!

Very well written (and read) . Amusing, observant and a reflection of the life of the Author who's good fortune to write best sellers, ensured he could develop some of the Acquired Tastes of the title!

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  • Sally
  • 09/09/2021

Absolutely the best Audible I have ever listened to!

Perfect narration, brilliant writing and lovely music in between chapters. I loved every second and will listen again and again.