Acquired Tastes

  • by Peter Mayle
  • Narrated by Robin Sachs
  • 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With an updated foreword by Peter Mayle, Acquired Tastes, originally published in 1993, is a celebration of life's extravagances. Exploring an aspect of human nature that, although lying 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, hand-made shoes, and the proper color for a stretch limousine. It weighs the cost versus the pleasure of keeping a mistress, and explains the proper way to eat true caviar, all while providing the listener with hours of pure, unadulterated escapism.


What the Critics Say

He is something of a wonder... chronicling the scene around him in irresistible prose, the joys of bountiful climate, brilliant sun, and splendid cuisine." (Time)
"Delightful, amusing, and appealing," (The New York Times Book Review)
"He virtually establishes a lip-suckig new literary genre- call it dinnerotica.... He is becoming an American Evelyn Waugh." (People)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Acquired tastes is a great escape loved it.

If you could sum up Acquired Tastes in three words, what would they be?

fun escape informative

What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

want him to do a book for me.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

all of it.

Any additional comments?

Any one know other books like this?

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- Iconic

The most entertaining book

This is the most entertaining book I've listened to for a long while. The author's humor, smugness and characterization is only a refined English old gent can manage.
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- Desmond

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2012
  • Publisher: Escargot Books Online Ltd