Excellent Listen! Brought me back to those days in the kitchen. Though I never made it to Chef, going up the ranks from dishwasher to prep, line to display, the wars warts and all that craziness that makes life in a busy restaurant kitchen a life for a select few. For those that don't know, it may be a wake up call, for those that do know, a ramble down memory lane. Loved every bit of it and made me even more sure that getting out of the business was the right choice. Though I love food, cooking it, and especially going out for it. Chef Bourdain's narration of his own work personalized it and made it all that much more fun to listen to. Loved every minute of it.
Anthony's voice was perfect and it was very well read by him. I really enjoyed every story and he really helped me connect to every story. I don't know a thing about food and this book was awesome. Highly suggested.
Anthony Bourdain provides raw honesty at both self and the industry. His poetic description of a working kitchen is balanced with an "in your face" of honesty and transparency. Entertaining and insightful, this book takes the reader through Anthony's journey toward enlightenment and self-understanding. How many of his readers yearn for the self-realization Anthony experienced while enjoying that first raw oyster.
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!