An excellent, hilarious, enlightened book. Narration is a bit bumpy for the first couple hours, but once Bourdain relaxes and gets into a rhythm he is great.
A former accountant and staff trainer. Now retired, I enjoy knitting and weaving. I enjoy intelligent, insightful books with lead characters I respect. I deplore novels fille with gratuitous violence and depraved sexual behavior written to shock the reader.
I enjoyed this novel - never read previous books by Anthony Bourdain. Very interesting, never lost my attention. It would have been a better listened if narrated by a good professional narrator. At times, Bourdain rushed through sentences too quickly with too little intonations. However overall, glad I bought it.
We found this book quite enjoyable. We are regular viewers of Anthony's show and found his same irreverent style in the audiobook. I particularly like the fact that he narrates the audiobook. It would not be the same without him reading.
This book, read by the master himself, is PHENOMENAL. I chose it after watching his show on the Travel Channel a few times, but was leary to by the book at Border's since I figured I might get bored with all the chef mumbo-jumbo: I know literally NOTHING about cooking. This book was fantastic though, I learned a great deal about the culinary world in general, but most importantly I enjoyed Bourdain's struggles through life since they were relatable. He went from aspiring college grad to broke drug addict to executive chef and world-renowned media personality. This is one of the most down-to-earth, truthful books I've read by anyone, and the narration by Bourdain himself makes it nothing less than epic. If you know anything about the man, or just seen his show once and liked it, download this book.
My only complaint is the severe and many times forced usage of vulgarity. I know this is Bourdain being Bourdain, but much of the time it comes off forced. That being said, this is still an excellent look into the world of the cook, you'll learn a lot and be entertained.
Interesting entertaining book, I liked that it was read by the author as well- it felt like the book really came alive. It made short work of a 6 hour drive!
Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.
I'm glad that Anthony narrated this. It's always better to let the writer tell his own stories. He dlievers them with more gusto and character than someone else would and it certainly pays off. You can hear the passion in his voice when he's describing his hilarious experiences. His wealth of knowledge also pays off. You can take a lot from this book and have a lot of fun at the same time. Even my wife loved it and she hates audiobooks. If you like this you have to get the "Waiter Rant". Two thumbs up.
It's usually better to listen to the author's reading, assuming they can read decently, and this one is no exception. Bourdain gives us the sense that we are actually listening to someone talk about himself, not just reading a book. He is so honest about what an unwholesome character he was that knowing it's him reading it really adds to the experience.
Humorous, tell it like it is account of the cooking/chef trade. Bourdain is an astute judge of character, who helps the listener really get inside the people who work in this field. Full of salty language, and profound respect for talented people who work hard. Loved every minute of it.