I just finished up listening to this delightful tale of food and wine. The narrator was wonderful and the author had me hooked, knife, spoon and fork. The book is autobiography of Peter Mayle and his experiences with the French and their obsession; food and wine. His wit is sharp as cheese and had me giggling like a school girl with a first glass of wine. It was lighthearted and food filled. Perfect. No villains, no murder, no scandalous rendezvouses, unless you count the encounter with frog's legs. The only trouble with this book, is that it ended way too soon! I'm popping over to get another one of his books. Cheers!
My goddaughter turned me on to this series and I can't stop! It might be because the narrator is probably the best I have heard since Jim Dale who did the Harry Potter series. But the writing is well done too. I enjoy the characters and they are developed well. You truly loth some and love some. After the book was done I missed our sparky Jacky Fabor and downloaded another. Off I went again on another great adventure with the spirited and fun Jacky. Fabulously entertaining and not too heavy.
I enjoyed this book even though the story line was a little slow and fairly predictable. I think that is because the performance was fantastic and I enjoy historical fiction. The book has a gentleness to it that I enjoyed that doesn't have you fearful of what is going to happen next. That is pleasant in these intensity junkie times. But at the same time it wasn't written well enough to make it unforgettable either. Now that is a good book when it doesn't assault you with violence and drama but is unforgettable. Good overall book for a gentle afternoon in the winter.
Well what can I say that everybody before me hasn't said.This is a great and slightly disturbing book read by a very good performer. I only want to add that even though Carolyn McCormick was a very good reader I was annoyed by her voice in the beginning because her voice does not fit the part of Katniss, in my mind. I think Katniss' voice should be younger but Carolyn's voice is clearly that of a mature woman. In fact her voice reminds me a lot of the actress Kathleen Turner's. In the beginning of the book she is also very stilted but her reading gets much better as the book progresses.
This audio book was simply a delight! The narrator was wonderful and the storyline fresh and interesting. I also loved that this book did not have to have violence, cuss words and a twisted story to be entertaining. That takes real skill as a writer. I think it is much easier to captivate an audience with fast paced action than it is with writing skills. Helen Simonson did a great job captivating me with art. I also enjoyed the ending, fun and rich. I will look forward to her next book.
I really was excited about this book. I am a crazed foodie and food blogger and respect Gabrielle's work. The beginning was excellent and well written. Very promising. Then starting with part two the story line took a sudden down turn into martyrdom. The story began to revolve around her unhealthy relationship with her "husband" and complete lost the story line about her being a cook and celebrated restaurant owner. And on top of that, the book ended abruptly and left you hanging. What happened? Where was the editor with any salt? I am disappointed. Gabrielle does a fine job narrating it. That is the only reason I gave it 2 stars. That and the lovely part 1.
I have really enjoyed this series of books for the most part. But come on now, these books just go from the frying pan into the fire time after time! If you are an adrenaline junkie this is your read! I,on the other hand, like some quiet times woven into a story that develop the charters or the landscape, and give my adrenals a chance to catch up. The break neck pace these books go out actually burned me out and I sped forward to finish it. Also the readers of the first two books were amazing and this guy, not so amazing.
The reader of this book was wonderful! I love a good reader, as you know it can make or break an audio book. The content of the book itself was a cross between the Twilight series and the Outlander series. So your basic (adult) romance between a witch and vampire. There is some time traveling and constant perils that remind me a bit of the Outlander series. The nice twist to this version is that there is quite a bit of historical references woven through out that obviously took a lot of research. (Fitting since the author is a professor of history.) It was addicting and I had to eat it up, which was huge a let down when it ends dangling for a sequel. AND she has not even written the second book yet! Geesh! Talk about left hanging! I was a bit bored at times with her patter about this and that history and some of the predictable story line but if you like the Vamp romances this is pretty good. (She does need to work on heating up her sex scenes a bit, after all this is not young adult fiction.)
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