Tony, find a thesaurus that specializes in trash words. The same words and phrases spill out of your computer. The repeated use of smut adjectives are no different than if you presented the same ingredient, seasoned and cooked in the same way for every course. Shame on your editor. Listening to your stories is like being presented the best quality seafood, meat and vegetables covered with cheese sauce from a jar. Foodies find your stories interesting. Don't diminish the value.
Anthony Bourdain for President.This man knows how to tell the truth and boy does it hurt.I do not often listen to authors who read their own books,(usually psychologists),but Mr. Bourdain is the only one who could tell his own tale so gloriously.
If you're already a fan (TV shows or other books) you'll enjoy this one. Bourdain offers more personal opinions than travel log as he did in Kitchen Confidential.
LOVE Anthony Bourdain. LOVED Kitchen Confidential and Bourdain's read made it all the more raw and real for me. This one, the story and writing were still excellent but Bourdain's read sounded like someone so full of himself, it was incongruous with the self-effacing humor with which he'd peppered his story and which had made him so endearing in KC despite being a complete curmudgeon. I'm sure it worked on paper but listening to this audio book I felt I had to swallow to much atrociously-poor overacting to be able to appreciate what the author was trying to say. He was his own worst enemy on this one and mind, I love most things with him in them. I couldn't even finish it. Had to return it and it even turned me off getting the hard copy of the book. I'm sure the editor had access to professional actors and VO artists. Too much ego and not enough meat for this listener.
If you go into this expecting Kitchen Confidential you will be disappointed. KC is about a young Tony Bourdain. This book is all about a grown up Bourdain. It's about his opinions on things like food critics, well known chefs and the food network. The thing about Anthony Bourdain is that he's so good at being a snarky dick that even if you don't agree with something he says, you can't help but laugh and want to slap him on the back and buy him a beer. I'm glad the he narrates his books because no one else has THE voice to do it. This book is laugh out loud funny and all around awesome!
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I read Kitchen Confidential and I thought it wouldn't get better, I was wrong. Medium Raw went back into the world of Kitchen Confidential and explained some of the reasoning for the first book and went deeper in Bourdain's life.
The book was very well written and Bourdain did a great job reading.
Feels more like a chat with a wit than a book. I enjoyed the back door look at high end food even if repulsed by the food its self. His gift for characterizing people and himself is the hook that drags you past the food and gives a rare critical look into these famous kitchens. But Mr Bourdain's bawdy wit is what makes the book fun.
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
I do not look at my self as prud & being a former sailor in the US NAVY I have heard the use of the "F..." word & might have used it a time or two....! BUT I COULD NOT GET PAST THE USE OF THE "f" WORD in the book TO NO PURPOSE!
I have enjoyed Mr Bourdain tv shows with only one exception ---- and have ENJOYED all but the one!!!
Yes, I would listen again. The narration brings the book to life in a quite amazingly snarky way. Reading it on page was enjoyable for sure, however Bourdain's narration brings those words to life and adds spunk.
I liked that he was more humble than in "kitchen confidential." He definitely gained different perspectives and outlooks on life over the years, but rather than focus on his current views, he addressed how, why and what lead him to the thoughts he has today.
His own voice telling his stories with all the quirky inflections and emotion that comes along when a person read a memory aloud.
The life of one quirky chef revisited with new insights and stories to either love, hate or be bored by. As long as there's on audience who the heck cares
I liked that bourdain had the balls to eats many of the words and things he said in his previous writings without any shame. Hard honesty is both funny and refreshing
I love reading and listening to books and I hardly want to do anything else. I prefer fantasy & mystery books but I'll read anything...
When he's telling about how having a daughter made him not cool anymore. Shows that no matter how mean people think he is (and he can be) he still has a good heart.
I really enjoy listening to Anthony read. I love his show and it's awesome to be able to drive down the road listening to him like you were watching an episode of "No Reservations"
When he called that reviewer a...well I don't wanna ruin the surprise but it was hilarious!
If you have listened to Kitchen Confidential then I really recommend this book. If you haven't listened to it then I still recommend this book. Tony is an amazing writer! He will make you burst out laughing (having people in the cars next to you throw you looks because your sitting in your car-alone- laughing so hard). He breaks down his life AFTER becoming a huge TV personality and still gives you an inside scoop into the behind the scenes of kitchens (the best is when he talks about Le Bernardin in New York City! Oh I can't wait to go eat there). If you want an interesting book about food then this is the book for you! Tony is funny, charming and he admits that his snarkyness is his "schick" but one thing I will always like about him is that he tells you like it is. If you haven't read anything about Tony, by Tony or don't even know who this guy is: give him a chance. I promise, it will be worth it!