• My Four Seasons in France

  • A Year of the Good Life
  • By: Janine Marsh
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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My Four Seasons in France

By: Janine Marsh
Narrated by: Susan Duerden
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Publisher's Summary

A little over 10 years ago, Janine Marsh and her husband gave up their careers in London to chase the good life in the countryside of northern France. Having overcome the obstacles of starting to renovate her dream home - an ancient, dilapidated barn - and fitting in with the peculiarities of the locals, Janine is now the go-to expat in the area for those seeking to get to grips with a very different way of life. 

In this book, Janine regales us with the delights and dramas of a year attempting to live the rural idyll. Each month brings to light a new aspect of life in the French countryside: snow in January, resulting in a broken arm, which in turn leads to an etiquette lesson at the local hospital; wild winds in February; cuckoos in March; and giant hailstones in July that destroy cars and houses and bring the villagers closer together.

Told with warmth and humor, My Good Year in France showcases a uniquely French way of life: where two eternally ambitious expats drag a neglected farmhouse to life, and deal with the accompanying disasters, learn to grow vegetables, discover how to cook, and stumble across the hidden gems of this very special part of the world.

©2020 Janine Marsh (P)2020 Tantor

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Ruined by the narration

I LOVE Janine Marsh. Her writing is so sweet and engaging and I look forward to her emails every week. I so want to like this book, but the narration is SO AWFUL! Please, Janine, keep writing! And please, Janine, FIND ANOTHER NARRATOR! I feel disloyal not rating this audiobook higher, but I cannot. The reader’s voice sounds so affected, pretentious, and totally repetitive that I can barely listen for 30 minutes at a time before i blurt out unattractive commentary which I’m glad no one overhears. Hope I can finish listening, but I’m not optimistic. Bummed.

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Makes you wanting to hear more.

Lovely book! So enjoyed it. Made my travels to France so much more memorable with her literary details. Makes you come back for more from this author.

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If you love France ... or even if you don't!

I stumbled upon Janine's Marsh's first book "The Good Life in France" and fell in love with this down-to-earth and passionate author. With over 150,000 facebook followers, she still takes the time to interact and reply as she shares her expertise on the country she loves. Listen to the first book and then get into this equally enjoyable and humerous follow-up!

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Who can resist a fresh bagel?

I am a bonafide Francophile who has never been. So I do what all writers do and read a lot about what I don’t have. A delightful book that I was sad to see complete. A little bit different in that others books of the same ilk paint the French as mean spirited and arrogant. Here - in the northern countryside they appear as friendly and helpful gossips. I like learning tidbits about how to live in France and there is plenty of that here. For instance, I learned that it’s generally frowned upon to eat outside while shopping or walking unless you’re noshing on a fresh bagel. Because, of course, these has never been a soul born who can resist the temptation of a fresh bagel! Very good. The reading was great, as weee the stories.

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Loved the story, but buy the book

I loved the over all story, but the narrator reads like a robot, but I do love her accent. All the funny parts are lost bc of the story teller. I think my mother will love this book so I am going to buy it for her for Christmas, and then I may borrow it to read again.

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Simple things being joy

If you’re looking for an escape from an online, overstimulated world, this book is it!

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The story is great. And their ration was much better with her other book. I’m going to listen to the next one and hope it will be by the first one I listened to.

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Wonderful!

I love Janine Marsh’s books!
I did not care for the narrator.
The first book in the series had an excellent narrator. I don’t know why they decided to switch for this book.

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Not for me

It may good story but it is not for me. Do not familiar the culture.

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I wanted to like it more

I really wanted to like this book more, but that was the issue. I kept wanting more, and was just left...wanting. I'm listening to her previous book, My Good Life in France, and I now realize that I should have listened to the books in reverse order. There is so much more detail in the first book that it's now filling in the gaps of this book. However, this shouldn't need to be the case. Each book should be able to stand on its own, and My Four Seasons in France is lacking. The slimmest part of the book is the final season. It feels like Ms. Marsh ran out of steam.

The narrator reads in a stilted, British news reader fashion, and tries too hard at French language pronunciation. This book lacks the feeling and inflection that My Good Life in France has. It's a shame that the books have different narrators.

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  • Renée
  • 08-23-20

Poor narration

The story was very interesting and flowed well, but I did not like the narration. Every sentence had an irritating rhythm which put me off listening.

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  • Threeamigos
  • 08-18-20

Love this book!

I really did enjoy this book, perhaps even more so than the first , which is saying something because I loved the first on kindle too. I think I might prefer the kindle version of this too. The content and wonderful tales of a full year in France are a delight to hear / read. However the narration really did take away from my enjoyment. The lilt and intonation followed exactly the same pattern - up down up down. Delivered slightly like a TV game show presenter- I found it utterly distracting and not enjoyable. That aside, the story itself is delightful. Overall I absolutely loved the book, aside from the narrative style.

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  • Dawn McCarthy-Simpson
  • 02-16-21

Poor narration

I tried to finish the book but the narration was bad, it had an odd rhythm almost robotic, I couldn’t follow the story as the voice just annoyed me. If ever the book is recorded with a different narrator I would love to hear the book.

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  • Jane Stanley
  • 01-03-21

Lovely insight to everyday French Living

Easy to listen to. I love France so it was easy to get lost in the way of life.
Cert3 listen to it again.

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  • Mrs. Linda Hall
  • 05-12-20

An excellent book

An excellent book which I believe I would have enjoyed more except for the narration. I can't put my finger on why I found the narrators voice so bland and unbalanced without pause. I shall now read the kindle edition and enjoy much more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-20

Wonderful

Just made feel as if I was in la belle France!

However I also learned lots from Janine's experiences!

Superb xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-22

Lovely Story, Really Poor Narration.

I love this book but the narrator is not suited to this at all. She sounds like a corporate video or reading the news. A great shame and shows how important the narration is. This is the 2nd book in the series and
fortunately she doesn't read the 1st and 3rd books which have much better narration.

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  • scamp
  • 08-15-22

The good Life in France

great memories of living in France and rural ways of the local village residents

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  • Russ C
  • 08-01-22

Excellent. Beautifully enjoyable

Loved this book. beautifully narrated. Join the lives in a beautiful journey. You will be fully immersed in this wonderful book.

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  • Sue
  • 04-05-22

Poor narration

I wish I had believed previous comments instead of giving the book a chance. Dreadful narration made the book impossible to listen to. Take my advice, find another book!

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  • Narelle Kennedy
  • 04-18-22

narration almost stopped me.

the book was great.... an entertaining mix of ex pat experience and travelog. Very enjoyable. However, despite the narrator's excellent diction her lilting. repetitive inflections made me turn it off several times. The Francophile in me made me continue. I will avoid the narrator again but seek out the author.

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  • Cherie Harlow
  • 01-01-22

change of Narrater made this very difficult going

Ester Waine did such a great job on previous book that we all ( family and friends as well as mysrlf) did not get past chapter 1 of this book as the Change of Nararter was just not up to par. Sorry! Shame as loved My good life in France!

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  • Dominique
  • 01-24-21

Why does this have four stars?

So disappointed should have stayed as a blog . Appalling story line . Boring to listen too about nothing the authors ramblings ! Very frustrating. Nothing else to say really wasted money purchasing this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-01-20

oh dear.... narrator not great

delightful story but the narrator has a very distracting cadence, such a shame, really struggled to listen