For the first time, I was led a bit astray by Audible's wonderful "AudibleEssentials" list, which I have enjoyed using as a roadmap for most of my audiobook purchases.
I'm still not sure if it was the autobiography genre in general that put me off here or if it was simply the tone and writing of this particular book. But in either case, I found it very difficult to enjoy.
Remember when that new person showed up at your school, workplace, or social club, and it took that person *months* to realize that *nobody* really wanted to hear about all the wild things he did and how cool and crazy all his friends/coworkers were at the school/club/office he just left?
That's exactly how I felt during most of this book. Sure, a couple of the chapters were genuinely interesting, and I did find myself laughing out loud once or twice, but, in general, the analogy that kept popping into my head was that listening to this book was like sitting on an airplane trapped next to some arrogant guy who wouldn't stop rattling on about all the wild and cool stuff he'd seen in his travels...
I am of the opinion that the audiobook format lends itself particularly well to works of fiction that are written in the first-person point of view. But I now suspect that the exact opposite may be true for biographies, and I may have enjoyed this more in print.
This book held my interest and had its entertaining moments, but to me, it wasn't anything I didn't already know having worked in the restaurant industry for many years. If you are looking for a plot, look elsewhere. If you are looking to learn about or relate to the restaurant industry, give this book a try.
Excellently read by the author, I found this entertaining and enlightening. I'll never look at a restaurant the same way again. From someone who eats out 6 of 7 nights a week, I could imagine these antics as reality. Well worth the time.
I'm not sure this would have been as enjoyable if Anthony Bourdain hadn't done the reading himself. It's a great, colorful story, and he bring some life into it. Not for the faint of heart, though
I just gave up after three hours--I couldn't listen to any more of the author's self-important spiel. This was one of the most unsympathetic narrators/protagonists I have ever come across. I hoped this would be funny and a voyeuristic peek into the professional world of cooking but it turned out to be mean-spirited and boring. What a jerk...and an awful writer.
The great majority of this book is no more than a detailed resume of an endless succession of restaurants the author has worked in. The seemingly endless ramblings of his previous employment is something you might expect to hear from a talkative drunk at a bar who everyone is trying to avoid. He might have produced a more readable book if he had worked with an experienced author. The book may have also been easier to listen to if it had been read by a professional reader. I found his monotone, lifeless voice very annoying, and had to fight against it to continue listening to the book. Think twice before wasting your money on this book.
This is the only audible book I've downloaded that I was unable to finish. There was some interesting material in the book but it was offset by the offensive language and many numberous graphic sexual references which added nothing to the book. I'm not a prude, but in all found the book of little value.
If you enjoy listening to long lists of menu items and creative swearing, you will love this book. I stayed with it for about five hours; staying for full eight would have been more pain than I cared to endure.
A less than stellar book; I gave it one more star than it rates
If Sly Stallone were to write a book, this would be it! It is arrogant beyond belief with a very tiresome writing style. The foul language and degradation of women seems totally gratuitous. There is some good information but it is so self serving and self concious. I hated it! BUT I did finish it.