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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
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • BAG
  • 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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  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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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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  • Lettura
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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
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • Jeff P
  • 25/03/2021

delightful

Peter Mayle writes a delightful, colorful and characteristically droll account of what it's like to lead the life of a wealthy European some decades ago. His descriptions are always fun, and that of the legal profession is a hoot.

  • Generale
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  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • Stonewaller
  • 20/03/2021

Trite

If you enjoyed the first two "Provence" books this title holds promise of an excursion into satirical yet appreciative observation...alas!...not so in this effort. This piece is uninspired, disenchanted & feels like an effort to satisfy publishers to whom Mayle has been obliged to squeeze out a little more creative juice. This lemon is dry, uninspired & out of date even in it's own time; this is likely the reason why this turkey comes "free" with your membership.
Mayle wrote some insightful & charming observations of character, regional eccentricity & the wide swath of human behavior one can enjoy in fellowship with others in trade for enjoyment of an enchanting life but this book clearly appears to be more of an obligation to produce something...anything. I want to pretend it never happened.
And...the narration was more like a reading aloud...it, too, never happened. Alors...

  • Generale
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  • Lettura
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16/03/2021

I highly recommend. Love this book

I love everything about this book. Funny, informative and educating. For the love of God I really had to change the whole new year resolution thing. This book gave me a good idea which I am running with. Love it love it love it. Had to get it for my dad. Highly recommend

  • Generale
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  • Storia
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  • Nancy
  • 28/02/2021

Stunning

I love Peter Mayle books. The Audible version is wonderful. “Acquired Tastes” gives you a wonderful taste of the Good life, no matter your financial capabilities. Just perfection, so interesting and the “tongue in cheek” humor was so entertaining. Bravo!