It was one of my favorites and I'll listen to it again. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter, from the "Last Chinese Chef" she is writing about are worth paying attention to. The cadence of the narrator never varied, for all circumstances, which distracted from the story a bit, but not much. If you love food, you'll love learning about the rich history and traditions of the Chinese. A wonderful book, easy to listen to, heartwarming and educational.
The intermingling of food, culture, tradition and family.
Alter her cadence.
Not possible. Too depressing, too tedious.
Peter the Great
Reading lists is no ones forte I presume.
Narrator was monotone, but I suppose there wasn't much he could do with the subject matter, which involved reading lists of atrocities committed by the Russians. The story jumped around to different years and events, but the result was the same. An overwhelming feeling of horror for the victims, but the method of delivery by A.S. is nonlinear and hard to follow.
I see that so many people love Ken Follet's writing. I just don't get it. First, the book starts with the author glorifying himself and his book as the greatest ever written, a classic; not instantly recogized as such, but of course he knew it all along. He spends 15 min telling you why he thinks this is so. God, that gave me a clue right off the bat. The story is overblown, too grandiose for it's own good (i.e. Ken Follet?), unbelievable in many parts, and has such a convoluted plot that it appears the author was continually making things up for the sake of hearing himself write. The main character is displayed as a great man, yet is a terrible father and not much better of a husband. Without giving away the story, I'll tell you that if you love abandoned babies and men who pick up a new woman the day after their wife dies, well, you get the drift. I could not finish this book.
Put together an extraordinary writer with a gifted and versatile narrator and you get perfection. This combination is what audiobooks are all about. Alexandre Dumas has a command of language and plot which is unparalleled. His characters come to life and will jump right into your car with you. John Lee's French and Italian accents are impeccable. His voices are clear and engaging. Two powerhouses of unequaled calibar come together to rock the audio world. You will be transported into another world, and not want to come back.
Daniel Gilbert is a riveting narrator and writer. Humorous, fast-paced and full of descriptive vignettes, I found myself smiling, then laughing out loud as I listened. I liken Mr. Gilbert to Bill Bryson in his ability to tell a story like a raconteur. His voice is easy to listen to, not grating or monotone like some others. This topic is much more enjoyable than I would have imagined, and one I will recommend to others. Reminds of me Freakonomics with its scientific base, but cool stuff we never knew.
Great storyline, exciting plot. Fiction with historical references. Narrator interesting. If you love Venice, Italy and art history, you'll love this book.
This book may have been pertinent at the time it was written, but I found it redundant and outdated. Anyone interested in this subject should read "The World is Flat" and skip this one. I also found the analysis of each event described to be drawn out and over analyzed.
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