Had read a book by the author and liked it very much but could not finish listening to this because of the narration. Will be careful to not buy anything else by this narrator. The voice is melodramatic and at times insipid; all in all, very annoying, ruining a good historical fiction.
Who knew there was so much to know about sushi? While the trite story about the personal life of the main character is distracting, the overall information and history about sushi outweighs those negatives. You'll never look at raw fish the same!
Have greatly enjoyed this entire series about the Norman influence in Italy. Well written and well read. Will get all of Jack Ludlow's recordings.
Read a lot of historical fiction. This was much better than other reviews led me to believe. But tried this any way. This story based in fact and interesting regarding a piece of Italian history of which I wasn't aware -the Norman influence in southern Italy. Good writing; good vocabulary-better than alot of historical fiction (HATE those "romance" historical fiction novels) Will read/listen to next two vol. of this as well as other writings by Jack Ludow. Similar to Barnard Cromwell-just as well written, but character development not quite as strong.
Have told everyone I know about this book. A travel log, political commentary and history lesson all rolled into one. Don't miss it.
Starts rather drily-but stick with it-interesting and informative for the scientific minded cook. Good for long road trips-
think Michael Palin with alot of funny antidotes. sometimes cynical views, but right on! would think better listening than reading-Great on long car trips.
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