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Vince

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  • Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anya Von Bremzen
    • Narrated By Kathleen Gati
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Anya occupies two parallel food universes: one where she writes about four-star restaurants, the other where a taste of humble kolbasa transports her back to her scarlet-blazed socialist past. To bring that past to life, in its full flavor, both bitter and sweet, Anya and her mother, Larisa, embark on a journey unlike any other: they decide to eat and cook their way through every decade of the Soviet experience - turning Larisa’s kitchen into a "time machine and an incubator of memories". Together, mother and daughter re-create meals both modest and sumptuous.

    Vince says: "Wonderful Book, Excellent Performance"
    "Wonderful Book, Excellent Performance"
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    Would you listen to Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking again? Why?

    Again? Weird question. It's a fantastic book though. Engrossing memoir of a Soviet childhood told in an interesting way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking?

    Hey, how about you just let me write a review instead of asking dumb questions?


    What about Kathleen Gati’s performance did you like?

    She didn't over act and she did all the accents beautifully. I only noticed her in a positive way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure. Hey, Audible, these questions are dumb. A lawyer would object to them as leading, and they'd never hold up.


    Any additional comments?

    I am the walrus, coo coo ka-choo.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    Lou says: "Bill's sophmoric, condescending journey"
    "Love Bryson, but this one feels dated"
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    What disappointed you about The Lost Continent?

    I've read and loved many Bryson books - 1927, In a Sunburnt Country - but this one reads like the petulant college freshman returning after a semester abroad with an affected accent, ready to tell his fellow Americans everything that's wrong with their country and why Europe is so much better. It's strange, this one's actually much funnier than I thought Bryson could be, but the tone is just off. He goes off on random tangents about everything and only about half of his gripes are interesting. The rest of the gripes are just... gripey. I enjoy snark, but most of this is just grumbley.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bill Bryson again?

    Yes, of course. He's a wonderful writer in general, and even this one isn't *that* bad.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I like his voice, but he over-acts. I prefer the narrator to read, not act. This guy is definitely acting and adding specific character choices to every line read, whereas I'd prefer he just read it mostly flat and let me add my own.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Continent?

    No specific scenes, more a general tone complaint.


    Any additional comments?

    Bryson is great, but as a fan, I'd check out other titles first.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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