As a preface, I have not finished listening to this audiobook. It was absolutely NOT what I was looking for. I was expecing it to be mostly about food science, chemistry, how food works - and how those principles apply to cooking. This book is much heavier on history and florid prose. I put it down after a couple hours - too much a danger to driving.
It may be a good book for what it was intended for - but I say no thank you.
Don't waste your money on this audiobook. In a nutshell, the narration was flat and uninspiring and the story itself left me flat as well.
Perhaps its just hard to listen to Stephen King's books read by anyone other than the author. Though I imagine he would protest, he is a fabulous narrator of his own words - his speech idiosyncrasies notwithstanding. The narrator of this book sounded like he'd either had a labotomy or had just taken a lot of muscle relaxants. His tone was flat and his characterizations (when present) were quite lacking. This flaw, alone, made me regret having purchased this audiobook.
Then, there was the story. It was not one of King's best. King's portrayal of a post-apocalyptic landscape was pretty vivid, as always. Unfortunately, the story never seemed to go anywhere. Yes, the journey was interesting - but the destination was not worth it.
Read it, if you must - but don't bother with this iteration of the book.
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