This is OK if you are or have ever been a waiter. If not, don't bother. You'll find it hard to identify with anything he says.
Somewhere between the audacious and enchanting writing of Anthony Bourdain and the awkward, self centered school report of a 5th grade who is desperately in need of both self confidence and turoring, Dan Miller has found his niche. He reads like a bad menu. Over the top in meaningless cliches. Please... someone fire his editor.
Used to exclusively read classic literature, but now, w/MS, I listen to gritty, gripping stories to get me through painful, sleepless nights
This author literally needs to get a life. I was hoping for a more balanced view of life from the other side of the menu, but this author used the entire book to whine and complain, in an almost childlike manner, about his job. If he is so unhappy with it, maybe he should find a different vocation? Some of his rants are very legitimate, but some of them are simply what any person working with the general public must endure. The cross he is bearing is no larger than any other that so many thankless jobs entail, yet, for some reason, he believes he should be especially entitled to be exempt from the tribulations that come from working with the outside world. I found it tiresome, and a waste of money.
Maybe if I were in the resturant field I would have enjoyed this, but I'm not, and didn't. Parts of it were funny and informative, but mostly boring.
I did not find any useful or entertaining story here. The title is quite correct: this is a rant. It is somewhat the story of a portion of the life of a waiter, but I am unable to connect the dots to determine what the flow of this could be other than rant.
I would give it no stars, but can't seem to get the system to accept that.
Mr Rob W
I have several friends that are waiters and always wanted to try it, but after listen I will leave it to the professionals. This is a good listen I enjoyed the narator
I was hoping for 'Kitchen Confidential' from a waiter's perspective. I got a narcissistic diatribe on the restaurant business and customers.
The book contained no real insights, suggestions or revelations.
The author offers little new info. He seems to lack an ability to realize his own faults. He tries to be like Kitchen Confidential but is a let down. His own ego gets in the way of any real insight. He insists that a patron is lying about getting ill from a meal to get out of a bill she has already paid. His medicine is incorrect. She could have had food poisoning that resolved in the time frame as a result of Staph food poisoning. He spends a page spouting incorrect medical info to bolster his point. Another point is that patron are upset to see a hair in their food. However, I doubt that people see this a a lottery ticket not to pay a bill. Yes bugs and hair happen but show a little respect for your customer.
Overall it is a rant. A rant is an emotional attack often with no prove to its arguments. Clearly this is an egotistical persons comments. It offers as much insight as the author has to his own life, none.
This is my first negative review.
I thought this was an amusing recap of the life of an extroverted waiter. The narrator was terrific, and brought life to the story.