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Well, this is awkward

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

The book has a good story that is hindered by poor narration. And this is awkward because it's the author who does the narration. Unfortunately, the author cannot do British, French, or German accents. The accents made me cringe and I nearly stopped listening. But I was intrigued by the story so I kept going.

One of the best Great Courses I've listened to

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

The author's love for Spain is infectious. After listening to the book, I wanted to get on the next plane to visit Spain. Highly recommended.

Yummy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-17

I came away with more respect for American cuisine after listening to this book. Our food is not merely an imitation of other cuisines; it is a complex reflection of history, immigration, and the creation of new foods. The only thing I was sad about was that the audio version didn't come with a print out of the recipes included in the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Didn't get past the first half hour

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-16

The story seemed to be based on no historical research whatsoever. I had to stop listening when one of the main characters tells the Br'er Rabbit Tar Baby story with details that seemed to come straight from Disney's Song of the South movie. The narrator, however, did a good job with stilted dialog.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Hokey narration

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-16

I gave this book a good shot but after two hours of listening to the "Aw shucks, Ma'am" narration I quit. The narration was every stereotype of southern and western speech. The plot was uninteresting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Like reading the troll comments on a news article

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-15

I've read and enjoyed other Meltzer books but this book just didn't work. It felt like I was reading the conspiracy theory comments on a newspaper article. As if the author wanted to throw in every conspiracy he'd ever heard of.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Poorly written

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-15

I lasted about a half hour with this book but was finally driven off by the poor writing quality.

Bad history and confusing premise

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-15

I had to stop listening to this book because the author made one too many historical errors. I also couldn't figure out if it was supposed to be a history of Joan of Arc or a discussion of how Joan has been used since her death.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

A Charming Book and Still Relevant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-15

My 6 year old granddaughter and I listened to this twice while on a car trip. My granddaughter is still talking about the book and named one of her dolls Ramona. Even though the kindergarten of 30+ years ago is quite different from today's kindergarten, there is still a universal appeal that connected to my granddaughter and helped her deal with some of her own kindergarten concerns. The narrator does a lovely job.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

A book that I was sad when it ended

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-14

The two main characters were brought to life very well. The era of the story was brought to life equally well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful