Yes. The reader enhanced the novel by his authentic, soft, lovely Southern accents--plural because the different characters had different voices. That is hard for me to do in my head.
I did not want to quit listening to this book. The story line was compelling. The characters seemed realistic and interesting. I would love to have another just as interesting right now but they are hard to find.
Love, Food, China
I have not read another like this book
I particularly appreciated the sections explaining the Chinese philosophy of food preparation, ingredients, and the importance of sharing meals. The "quotes" of the Last Chinese Chef introducing each chapter were poetic. I visited China and appreciated and enjoyed the people there. This book helped explain why I had such admiration for the lovely, funny, warm people I met there.
I am planning another visit to China. This book will allow me to pay more attention to the cooking in China and so seek some imperial Chinese meals. I am so glad to have this book.
I got this book based on several enthusiastic, highly laudatory reviews. I was very disappointed in the book and could not finish it even though I tried several times to listen. The characters are shallow, the language is coarse, the sex is uninteresting and overdone and the story line is paltry. Sorry. I guess this demonstrates that each of us has our own interest in books.
History with FEELING! What a refreshing listen/read this book is. I loved the narration, the stories of Irish legend, myth and history; and the parallel family story. I listened into the wee hours of the morning. I was sad when the book ended. I am sure I will listen to this book again. Now I want to go to Ireland!
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