While it was Saturday Night "spoofable" Julia Childs distinctive voice was almost iconic. The narrator for her biography however is stilted and almost shrill. I have tried several times to finish this book and just cannot handle her voice. Too bad. Not a bad accounting of Julia's life.
This was my first audiobook, and what a great introduction! The narration is key, and Ms. Gilbert's slightly raspy voice and modulations were perfect (I do think it makes a difference when the actual author narrates). I also found myself gasping, laughing, or uh-huhing aloud - something I have to learn to control a little with this new way of reading especially in public!
It was like reading three separate books, which was also a bonus. The first section about her divorce is a bit tedious, but having been through divorces and bad relationships, it echoed many of my thoughts (though you want to yell, get over it!!move on!) And move on she does, and part two in Italy is a delight, I could almost taste the gelato and pizza! The section in India at the Ashram was spine-tingling - to listen to her dedicated attempts at deeper meditation, getting to the center of herself and a supreme being. Very moving. Lastly, the portion with the medicine man was very touching and enlightening - her romance was a nice frill, but her journey there - physically and spiritually - is what makes the book. Excellent!!
Despite the opening lines and the narrators voice being hard to take, I got past its somewhat harsh edge and was totally enveloped in this insiders story on the world of food critics and restaurants. I found myself researching photos of Ruth, the restaurants and chefs and oddly sometimes feel I actually visibly read this book I was so transported into. It left me wanting more!
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