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Unfortunately, the nature of Kurlansky's book made it difficult for me to enjoy in audio format. The disjointed presentation of many, many short selections of food writing, sometimes preceded by an brief explanatory paragraph from the author, led to a general sense of historical and thematic confusion. Even now, I'm not sure I listened to the entire book. You could easily miss an hour and not realize it. Perhaps more dedicated gourmands will find the chosen selections more gripping, but they often struck me as humourless and trivial. Kurlansky has left the largely unorganized material to speak almost entirely for itself, and the audio version suffers from this decision, as you cannot scan or skip as you might do with a paper copy.
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This book simply doesn't work, IMHO, as an audio book. It's a collection of writings about food: excerpts from books, letters, articles, restaurant reviews, song lyrics, etc. It's way too random to work as a listen, this would be great (dead tree version) as a bathroom book, or kept in the car for short attention span reading spells: on line at the bank, waiting for a train to pass, etc. I listened thru about the first 4 hours (it does have *some* interesting stuff in it), and was actually looking forward to it being done in one more hour. That's when I realized that the five hour file in my Otis was only part one of the book! There was *another* five hours after I finished the first one. I stopped listening.
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