The best thing about this book may be Jeff's pronunciation of french dishes and cooking terms. His reading is a bit hard, uneven and "street" but I don't think the material would have worked so well without it.
Admittedly I skipped over some of the earlier stuff like his early childhood, but listened to every word once he got to prison and beyond.
I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it is slow in spots, mostly in the beginning.
In the last third of the book, when he becomes the head chef at the Bel Air hotel (before Bellagio) you can't believe how much this guy has gone through and how hard he has worked to get there.
I'm tend to go for the "chick-flick" books like "Eat Pray Love" (the ultimate) but this coming of age tale has much of the same feel, even if it is about a man from LA's ghetto.
Bottom line: recommended
The narrator sounds like he's learning to read outloud. Awful.
If you want to be transported to three distant lands and actually feel as if you lived the experience, this is the book to get. Combo travel book, autobiography and personal development narrative, every minute is a joy. If you like Barbara Kingslover, you'll especially love this book.
Let me state upfront that I'm female, I know NOTHING about sports or sports betting and was, nonetheless, totally enthralled by this book. The writing is as good or better than Augsten Burroughts and the story moves at a fast clip and in directions you don't expect. Though the author is an established gambling journalist, at times you'd swear you were listening to a novel. His reading and his characterization are better than most pros.
I thought it would be tough for him to top The Late Show, but he's done it. One of those audiobooks you actually "save" as you listen because you don't want it to end.
I own a few Judd records from their debut days but would never refer to myself as a Wynonna fan. HOWEVER, I was intrigued enough by the "finding myself" theme that I bought it. It turned out to be a joyful, entertaining romp, disarmingly candid and insightful. I "saved" the last 2 hours, because didn't want it to end. Highly recommended.
Admittedly I'm in the business of e-business so a deep look at Google was naturally going to be of interest. What surprised me most where/are the sheer metrics of this enterprise. Learns lots enough I know lots about it. The 10+ hours flew by.
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