Although I have never dined in a B&B establishment (Batali and Bastianich), I enjoyed reading about Joe's creative vision for each of his restaurants and what makes them all so unique.
Some parts of the book were a bit over-the-top braggadocio and swagger and I could not help wondering how much of this he picked up from Mama and her own business model.
I would have added more personal stories and anedotes to the book like the Pope Benedict episode and adventures in Italy.
Joe Bastianich was the central character of this book. I never knew anything about his father until I listened to the book.
Yes.....break out and enjoy different foods.
What a delightful summer read! I felt like I was right in the town of Wendover with Hildy, Frankie and the rest of the characters! Mary Beth Hurt's narration was spot on...the inflections and cadence...a hoot and such fun to listen to.....The "cautionary tale" woven throughout the novel expertly done. Bravo Ann Leary, let's have more like this....
I have read quite a few Stephen King books but admittedly not crazy for the “very weird and gory” ones. As a big fan of police procedurals (as well as legal thrillers), I was anxious to see how Mr. King would handle this about-face with his latest novel. I was not disappointed.
I have been glued to this audiobook every day since starting it…the short chapters reminiscent of James Patterson and Det Ret Hodges as Everyman, guy down the street we all know who is chomping at the bit to get back in the game. The fast paced cat and mouse plot kept me from pressing the “pause” button.
King reinvents himself in this genre and I hope he continues. You will not be disappointed. Well worth a credit or a purchase.
That's a hard question as there have been so many excellent "listens"....In this "WWI genre" I would rate it second only to "City of Women"....
The character of Jack. He was the kind hearted American G.I. but did not forget his Jewish heritage.
Believe it or not, the Freudian analyst in Part II....
My reaction came in Part II which I thought was going to end in a different way and then a twist in plot going back in time which I loved....That time period of 1919 was shockingly restrictive towards women as compared to today.
I await Ms. Waldman's next book!
After abandoning a not-so-entertaining audiobook, I started listening to this one and could not get enough. The characters are well developed, the writing descriptive and the plot one big fascinating saga I did not want to end! Reminscent of a Dickensian tale with a touch of Holden Caulfield (Catcher in the Rye)...Donna Tartt ties it all up nicely in her epilogue and doesn't leave you hanging...although I do wonder about Boris. David Pittu is a pro and gives a masterful presentation. I highly recommend it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a down-on-his-luck English detective working his way through solving a cold case. The narrator was excellent and the characters and plot well-developed. The story keeps you guessing till the end and I found myself musing about the suspects. I hope Ms. Rowling who has now revealed herself as the author continues this into a series. Well written and thoroughly enjoyable....One of the best audiobooks I've listened to this year.
I have yet to be disappointed with a John Lescroart book. I have read/listened to all the books in the series and even though it's been a while, I fell right back in with Abe, Treya and the gang and the infamous "Lous". Lescroart is the master of courtroom thrillers and well developed characters. I was glued to it and did not want it to end. Make it your next Audible purchase.
I read "Sister of my Heart" and thought that was terrific, but this story of Indian culture was up there with "Shantaram". While the main character embarks on a journey to the US which some may say "yeah boring", it turns out to be pivotal point in the lives and loves of all the richly described characters. I was glued to this one. I look forward to more from Chitra!
I have been a fan of Maeve Binchy since "Light a Penny Candle" and have read all of her books. This one did not meet the mark. I found it more like a series of vignettes rather than a novel. Too many characters to keep me engaged for any length of time. I enjoyed the narrator and the book had some lighthearted moments but not like any of her other novels.
I rarely give so many "stars" to an Audible book but this one truly deserves it. The story was well written, the characters were "fleshed out" and it all merged into a crescendo plot, expertly done, beautifully done, expertly narrated....Go get it!
Take one from Column A (aimless) and One from Column B (borrowed plot) and you have a not so savory cold and flat addition to this great series.
As a big Preston/Child fan, I looked forward to “Two Graves” and have come to the conclusion that the authors are running out of steam. While I saw glimpses of the usually surprising yet eccentric Pendergast, they were few and far between. The borrowed plot was unforgiveable for writers of this caliber.
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