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Appetite for Life Audiobook

Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child

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Publisher's Summary

Julia Child became a household name when she entered the lives of millions of Americans through our hearts and kitchens. Yet few know the richly varied private life that lies behind this icon whose statuesque height and warmly enthused warble have become synonymous with the art of cooking. In this biography, Fitch takes us through her life from her exuberant youth as a high-spirited California girl to her years at Smith College, where Julia was at the center of every prank and party, to her volunteer work with the OSS and to her meeting Paul Child, the man who introduced her to the glories of art, fine French cuisine, and love. A biography of a woman modern before her time, this is the story of a truly American life.

©1997 by Noël Riley Fitch; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Christine 08-19-10
    Christine 08-19-10

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    "Better Than Expected, Abrupt Transitions"

    The book itself is much better than I thought it would be. I am a fan of biographies, and I finally got around to this one. The information is very interesting, and the writer includes personal details that give great insight into the personal relationships in Ms. Child's life. Very enjoyable listen, although at first the narrator does "the voices" in a rather forced manner. Also, The transitions between sections and chapters can be quite abrupt in the audio version. I doubt it would have the same effect in the written version. I definitely recommend this biography for anyone, not just cooking aficionados.

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    Amazon Customer 05-14-10 Listener Since 2005
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    "Interesting but too much detail."

    I enjoyed learning about Julia's life. However, there was too much detail. I found myself wishing for an abridged version. I really didn't need to know who she had dinner with and what was served. Also, each recording session seemed to have a different volume level and the quality of each session varied greatly.

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    Luc hanwood, Australia 03-22-12
    Luc hanwood, Australia 03-22-12 Member Since 2008
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    "This Title will Download But Does Not Play"

    I have downloaded this book 3 or 4 times and I am still yet to hear it as it is a damaged file.I reported it about a year ago but it is still damaged.

    This is the only time in several years as an Audible member that I have encountered this problem.

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    M. Armstrong 01-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One big gossip column"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Ug -- I meant to get the recent autobiography -- this was full of nosey information fit for a gossip column. We couldn't bear it after a few chapters.


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