A bit slow and personal at times but overall interesting and well worth the time.
I bought this book based on these reviews but was skeptical that it would be anything but dull. But I too found it surprisingly interesting and relevant. The narrration is scholarly and the prose straightforward, but the material held my interest throughout. There is a lot here that is pertinent today but of which I was only vaguely aware.
This would be a good book to read, and skip the recipes. It would also be a good book to abridge. The premise is sound, the narration is good and there are many interesting parts. Unfortunately, there are too many digressions into real trivia, especially the recipes. One can take only so many detailed descriptions of herring salting options in 18th century Lithuania. Just when you think you can't take any more recipes, he starts another. In an audio format its hard to "flip ahead" to skip them. I had to give up before the end of part one.
Up to the usual Hiassen standard with the the full range of weird but plausible characters and plot bends in the parallel universe of south Florida.
The most interesting book ever.
The guy is pretty full of himself but interesting nonetheless. He writes about parts of the world not visited in other travel books. Personally, I didn't have a problem with the narrator.
A bit contrived and farfetched at times but held my interest throughout. Good narration.
The most worthwhile five plus hours I've ever invested. Was immediately motivated to get the unabridged which is what I should have done in the first place.
Gibson strikes me as the poor man's Neal Stephenson but this book quite held my interest and was well worth the time.
The plot does get a bit farfetched and the ending is pretty abrupt, but generally captivating. Very well produced and read. I significantly increased my running mileage while listening to this book as I was too absorbed to notice the pain.
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