Of the few nonfiction books I've read/listened to, this one ranks close to the top.
JULIA, of course! She led such an interesting life and had so much drive and commitment to the integrity of her craft. I want to be more like Julia when I grow up.
Ms. Farr captured the essence of Julia's warbling without going overboard. She has a pretty good French accent too.
This was such an enjoyable book to listen to. It did not feel like the author sugar-coated the story of Julia Child's life. I had read & heard how she had gotten started cooking and knew a small bit about the writing of the first "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" But I did not know much about her life after that. I feel that I got to know Paul as well. And to discover how she just kept going and going was amazing. She put her heart and soul into her cooking and then her writing. Julia was quite a character with a good sense of humor.
I feel the narrator did a very good job telling Julia's story. I was able to picture in my mind what the author intended.
At 25+ hours, I would not have wanted to listen to all in one sitting. Also, I wanted to savor it over several days!
The title The Remarkable Life of Julia Child is a vast understatement. I found this book irresistible! I read Julia Child's "My Life in France", which was a wonderful excerpt from her life and have always craved to know more about this lively larger-than-life woman that I fondly remember watching on TV as a child and as an adult. I love to cook and her shows and cookbooks have inspired me for many years. I have wished many times that I could have known her personally. After this book, I almost feel as though I did know her. What a wonderful character she was! What a life she lived!
I don't know that I can name just one memorable moment. What I can say is that her tenacity is just awe inspiring. Once she found her passion she never let up! Amazing!
Hers and Paul's love and mutual admiration for each other!
This is a great book for the audio media. I listen during a long commute and I am transported to other countries and cultures....the descriptions of food are mouth watering.
Her French is fantastic.
I have read every biography of Julia Child published and this is THE one. This biography is a history of 20th Century America and how it shaped this remarkable woman. Beginning with the founding of Pasadena, Calif. in the late 19th Century as a backdrop for the family she came from through to her return to California's Santa Barbara coast at the end of her life - with a whole lot of living in between.
The story of Julia Child is definitely interesting and this book provides a lot of information previously unknown to me -- particularly Paul's life before he met Julia.
Unfortunately, the writing is slapdash in the extreme. While I was listening to this book the great line from The Princess Bride kept coming to mind: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
Many, many words are misused and not for effect. The author sometimes attempts to be matey with the reader, describing an ordinary freshman-in-college-level discussion as "high-falutin." He seems to think that "intellectual" is a sort of job title. He finds word combinations that appeal to him, whether or not they're appropriate. Julia and Simca are the "countesses of cuisine" at a time when they were anything but. Julia feels the first "pangs of interest" in television. Pangs? Really? There are dozens more, which I found both distracting and annoying. Apparently, book editing has essentially disappeared because all this book really needed was a scrupulous editor.
The subject matter remains interesting and the reader is quite good. If the writing doesn't irritate you, the book can be enjoyable.
It was fun to learn about the life and challenges of Julia Child
Julie - it was her biography
No. Good all the way through
Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!
The details are interesting, but the going is slow.
I find Paul and her relationship with him extremely interesting.
I don't think she had quite the right character of voice to do Julia justice. She was a little too modulated and didn't capture a very wide variety of personalities. But it didn't ruin the experience for me, like a truly bad narrator or recording can.
lt spurred me to look up pics of young Julia and Paul on the internet.
it took me a really long time to get through it, but on the other-hand was a great fall-to-sleep book, which i always need one of in my library.
at the top of my list for biographies
the mention of so many other people that Julia new and worked with
THis is my first time listening to her.
The reader is excelent