Seriously. This guy reads like he's a police desk sergeant reading the crime blotter. His pacing is completely off -- he doesn't pause at the end of a sentence before he starts a new chapter, for goodness sake. He's monotone, he pronounces things oddly, and I am just agog that he can make a career out of this.
The content is interesting and in text form I would have given it at least 4 stars, but at this point I don't even know if I'm going to finish it because listening to it is alternately putting me to sleep and driving me crazy.
This was one of the most enjoyable books I have heard in awhile. I stayed up all night to listen to the entire thing- almost 12 hours! I couldn't put it down.
It was so interesting to learn about the CIA and so interesting to learn about food in general. And the author can write!
Just don't listen to this if you are hungry.....
Read it because my daughter's been accepted to the CIA. I hope she's really prepared! I recommended that she read it as well. She will as soon as high school finals are over. The info is almost 10 years old, but still good ... and eye opening.
This is a tough listen. The performance is just awful. The acting is flat, monotone, and riddled with mispronunciations. But it's not all the actor's fault. The editing is abysmal. The actor trails off in mid sentence and it was completely overlooked. This happens unconscionably often. The book is really good otherwise. I'd suggest buying the book instead.
I am a graduate of the CIA, and can confirm the accuracy of this discription having met most of the chef instructors personally. however the pronunciation of the jargon is a real problem for me. very well read otherwise.
The information in the book was in depth and had a nice flow to it. The book was more a journal rather than having any kind of cohesive narrative or story. There wasn't much of a underlying theme to the book. There could have been more back story to the history of the CIA and cooking instruction as a whole.
The narrator was like a robot that mispronounces words he doesn't know. There was no flow or character to the voices. I could have had more fun listening to a text to speech program narrate the book for me.
I love Michael Ruhlman's cookbooks and follow his blog, this book is nothing like that. Its more of a diary account of him going to the CIA.
I enjoyed the intensity of the story.
The inside look at CIA
Ensured I am never a chef.