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Fresh Off the Boat Audiobook

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

"Long before I met him, I was a fan of his writing, and his merciless wit. He’s bigger than food." (Anthony Bourdain)

Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night - and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own.

Eddie grew up in theme-park America, on a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac in suburban Orlando, raised by a wild family of FOB ("fresh off the boat") hustlers and hysterics from Taiwan. While his father improbably launched a series of successful seafood and steak restaurants, Eddie burned his way through American culture, defying every "model minority" stereotype along the way. He obsessed over football, fought the all-American boys who called him a chink, partied like a gremlin, sold drugs with his crew, and idolized Tupac. His anchor through it all was food - from making Southern ribs with the Haitian cooks in his dad’s restaurant to preparing traditional meals in his mother’s kitchen to haunting the midnight markets of Taipei when he was shipped off to the homeland. After misadventures as an unlikely lawyer, street fashion renegade, and stand-up comic, Eddie finally threw everything he loved - past and present, family, and food - into his own restaurant, bringing together a legacy stretching back to China and the shards of global culture he’d melded into his own identity.

Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the 21st century. It’s a story of food, family, and the forging of a new notion of what it means to be American.

©2013 Eddie Huang (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Mercilessly funny and provocative, Fresh Off the Boat is also a serious piece of work - and an important one. Eddie Huang is hunting nothing less than Big Game here - a question, a conversation, an argument: Who are we? If somebody’s going to put a thumb in your eye, it should probably be Eddie Huang. He does everything with style." (Anthony Bourdain)

"Brash, leading-edge, and unapologetically hip, Huang reconfigures the popular foodie memoir into something worthwhile and very memorable." (Publishers Weekly)

"Eddie Huang has a delightfully funny and down-to-earth narration style that captures the cultural nuances, mannerisms, and speech patterns of a diverse range of characters.... [H]is affable persona, expressive reading, occasional chuckles, and intentional digressions from the book to directly address audio listeners make his story and performance compelling and charming." (AudioFile)

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    Matthew headland, AL, United States 06-15-16
    Matthew headland, AL, United States 06-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Pure awesomeness..."

    Loved everything about it. I wish I had known sooner. Inspiring :) here are some more words to make it over 20. Peace :p

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    maurine hew 05-15-16
    maurine hew 05-15-16 Member Since 2002
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    "author's narration enhanced the story greatly"

    I usually cringe when I see "narrated by the author" but this is one of the few books where the author narration made it more enjoyable

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    T. Woods SF Bay Area, CA 04-19-16
    T. Woods SF Bay Area, CA 04-19-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Best audiobook I've listened to"

    Eddie reading his own book brings the experiences to life , fully submerges you into his life and times. Great book and amazing narration.

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    Ryan 03-25-16
    Ryan 03-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story"

    Is my second time listen to this overall an awesome storyteller. I can't wait to visit your restaurant!

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    Laura 10-12-15
    Laura 10-12-15
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    "Super good"

    Helps to have a knowledge of hip-hop and slang. Great nonfiction storytelling. Pretty funny as well.

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    Victore Antonioni Seattle, WA 09-29-15
    Victore Antonioni Seattle, WA 09-29-15

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    "A book jam packed with all human emotions, social awareness, and bit of a motivational kick."

    I will keep this short. Do yourself a favor and get this book, if you get the audible version you're in for a treat because you get the full authentic story with storytelling that makes you feel like you're there m. I like the fact that I can relate to his story yet wanting to be even more myself and be courageous for your own values that you believe in. It's one voice that's loud and strong is not to missed.

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    Jennifer Tran 09-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    Would you listen to Fresh Off the Boat again? Why?

    Yes, why not!?!?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The part when he talks about beef noodle soup.


    What about Eddie Huang’s performance did you like?

    Yes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When you found out that Eddie's Dad was well off than he appeared to be.


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    cheri 07-27-15
    cheri 07-27-15
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    "Hilarious!"
    Where does Fresh Off the Boat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my 5th Audiobook. best one I've listened to so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it related to my upbringing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Eating dan dan mian with his dad in Taiwan.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed so hard at some parts.
    The part where he says how getting beaten by your parents when you're younger really humbles you, that part really resonated with me.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome narration by Eddie Huang. Can't wait for a second book.

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    Des Rock 06-29-15
    Des Rock 06-29-15
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    "Eddie brings it home!"

    The most honest and solid books and performances of the yea that I've read.

    Eddies voice come through strong and deep in his novel. Fresh Off The Boat is one of those reads that opens your heart and leaves you feeling like a better person after readings. Eddie wrote s masterpiece that you brings to light his struggles and personal growth and accomplishments as an American.

    I heard about this book through DVDASA with David Choe. Hearing home speak is powerful and anyone who wants to be moved deep down and hear a real story of identity and adventure needs to check this book out. -Oliver Rock

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    Xin Hong Durham, NC USA 06-26-15
    Xin Hong Durham, NC USA 06-26-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Extremely honest"

    You don't have to like his personality, his views or his food, but you have to admire his extreme honesty. It was a great pleasure to read this book-bold and truthful language, straightforward intelligence, sensational description of food. I resonate with this book a lot. This book is really a story about how a person deals with conflicts, differences, ignorance, prejudice as well as all the good stuff in life, and finally he could say: I got it, I made it. What he got is not a life like a light hearted cruise, but the confidence to sail on with an inner peace.

    I also like his attitude towards beed noodle soup: the sign that a chef is a good chef is not (just) how she can make new, fusion and exotic food people never heard of, but if she can cook a simple and classic dish like beef noodle soup well. It reminds me of this great small Cuban restaurant in Miami, La Rosa - even their Caesar salad is freshly cooked and perfectly balanced. That's top notch food.

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