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Shelley M. Blackler

Ithaca, NY USA | Member Since 2002

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  • My Life in France

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (278)

    This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

    Sara says: "What a pleasure!"
    "Content 5; Narration 3"
    Overall

    This book is a wonderful connection to a fascinating woman and her very exciting, rich life. I learned to cook with Volume 1 and now I feel like I am learning about a friend.
    I heartily encourage others to 'read' it.

    I agree with those who criticize the narration: while it would be difficult to capture Julia's iconic voice, it absolutely does matter how words are pronounced. I am constantly jarred out of the story by words in French (and even English!) that are mispronounced.
    I believe someone who is paid to read aloud should spend some time researching how words are pronounced before beginning the task.

    Snobbish? I don't think so. Just asking for competence.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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