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!
The Niccolo Series by Dorothy Dunnett is my all time favorite and I reread all 7 books every 2 or 3 years. I longed to hear her words on tape---FINALLY it happened! The narrator of the first two books was acceptable, although I wished for a better voice for Claus as I had imagined him. Nevertheless I enjoyed the first 2 books of the series. I read the reviews of Christopher Kay before I purchased Vol. 3 and thought, this voice can't possibly be as bad as the reviewers say----Well, to my surprise and dismay the narration was even WORSE. So bad in fact that despite the fact that I had been reading the books at home and following along on the recordings in the car (Dunnett's stories are so complex) I stopped in the middle of this volume. Please, Please Please Audible-throw out all these Christopher Kay recordings and either go back to the narrator of the first two books, or find someone like George Guidall who is excellent.
I have given an overall rating of only 2 stars because the horrible accents the narrator uses makes this recording unacceptable. The story still stands as an all time favorite.
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.
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.
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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