This story is an example of an old saying, "To do an ordinary thing extraordinarily well brings success." Who would think a the art of hairdressing would bridge the gap between cultures?
The story is compelling and well written, an average good hearted woman applies her talents and does good in a part of the world constantly berated by the mass produced news media.
It is a pleasure to experience her journey through this book. It is well narrated and enjoyable.
I was totally immersed into the story within the first chapter. I read The Shining as a high school when it came out in 1977. Mr. King revives just enough of the original book to take one immediately back to its ending as a springboard to launch Dr. Sleep. This book belongs on any King fans must read list.
It was difficult to identify with the book's protagonist. I found her to be self engrossed and superficial. Maybe it was the performance but midway through the book I was rooting for the bad guys to find her and move the book along. Also - the book includes too much cringe worthy sexual passages.
This book was awful with a self centered whiny main character not helped by the lackluster narration.
I will not listen to the third book. I could hardly wait for this one to end.
I'm hoping the producers heed the many negative comments made about the narration. With better direction this would have been a really enjoyable story. Instead I was rooting for the bad guys most of the book.
I found this title in the summer paperback sale. Not expecting much I was very happily surprised at the quality and detail of the narrative and the performance from the author herself.
Chef Sammuelsson is a role model with appeal across geographic, social and ethnic boundaries. Ethiopian by birth, Swedish by nationality, he brings and shares with the world his diametric background in his cooking and to this autobiography.
I'll let the other reviewers sum up the obvious failure in character voicing. It's such an irritation I can't even write about it.
I fault the author who, after creating and developing incredible characters with fascinating stories, abandons these in favor of seemingly endless side plots and new characters who are not nearly as compelling (or interesting) as those waiting in the wings for their turn on stage.
Also, the soap operatic twist and turns in the plot are wearing thin. We can suspend our disbelief for only so long Mr. Martin.
Too technical and at the same time too sophmoric to be enjoyed. Mr. W. contents himself with a reliving in detail his highschool and college pranks. Inexplicably he fails at one point to understand why he should be punished for a planting a fake bomb. I really expected more. What a disappointment.
This narrator as usual does a good job with the material he has been given.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. As someone who has worked years in the food industry this "up from your boot straps" story described by way of classic home cooking really struck home for me.
Lorna Raver is one of the best narrators in the business. Her talents are well used here.
This ranks as another book I envy anyone experiencing for the first time.
Not for the faint of heart, this book examines in detail possible uses and methods of handling the human body a life after death I had never considered. The author deftly hanbles the subject with surprising humor. The narrator was excellent.
I enjoyed this book.
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