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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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  • Totali
    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Robert R.
  • 17 08 2012

If You Think You Know Julia Child, You Don't ...

What did you like best about this story?

The depth of the author's research. The Julia Child most everyone knows is perhaps one-tenth of who the woman was and the life she led. For someone who considered herself a late-bloomer, she packed more lives than most into the life she had.

What three words best describe Nadia May’s voice?

Completely Wrong Here

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

Yes, it was hard to stop and I found myself anxious to continue when I had to.

Any additional comments?

Whoever chose Nadia May and her English voice to narrate the story of Julia Child must have been smoking crack. She's completely wrong, and her mispronunciation of so many commonly known American words, businesses, and food personalities' names is annoying. The mangling never stops, from Ruth Reichl to Spago and on and on and on and on. She's worth putting up for because the story (and depth of the research) is so compelling, but many others would have been better choices.

7 su 7 utenti hanno ritenuto utile questa recensione

  • Totali
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Sheri
  • 22 11 2007

Good book, bad sound

The book is comprehensive and well-written. The narrator does a very good job too. My complaint is with the audio quality of this book - it's almost the worst I've experienced in all my several years as a listener. The voice is sometimes muffled, then there a "zip" sound and it's as if the narrator has stepped out of a closet briefly, then "zip" and she's in an echoey bathroom. The sound is never as good as other audiobooks. Hopefully this won't prevent your enjoyment of the book, but it IS distracting.

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  • Totali
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jane Mcdowell
  • 17 09 2003

More than I wanted to know

Julia's life is indeed interesting. I was overwhelmed with the descriptions of food preparation, dinner party guests and other details bogging down the story. This book is one that could use a good abridgement.

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  • Totali
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Melendez
  • 17 08 2004

Inspirations from a legend.

Yes, this audio book is long. But how can anyone possibly abridge the life of this legend? She's my hero, a person who was an independent female before the word feminist was coined. This audio is the kind you would listen to in segments over a few months and maybe come back to listen to over the years. It is very detailed and long, but she's had a very interesting and long life. To anyone she's inspired, famous or not, this barely touches the phenomenon we've known as Julia Child. It's worth listening to.

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  • Totali
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Ruth
  • 23 08 2011

pretty good book - terrible, awful recording

This book starts out well, but by the end I was bored and I LOVE Julia Child. Part of the problem is that the recording is really awful. The volume is inconsistent and my ipod kept thinking that it had reached the end of the book and would continue to the next book. This would require me to go back and then fast-forward to where I ended. I guess I just got sick of it.

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  • Totali
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Reviewer
  • 24 06 2004

Fascinating, though a little long-winded

A wonderful insight into the background and makings of our friend, Julia. But I, who insist on only unabridged versions of books, wish this had been a bit shorter. The lengthy descriptions of Julia's grandparents and great-parents was of limited benefit later on.

All in all, though, a fascinating insight into this great, boundary-busting grande dame.

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  • Totali
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Judith
  • 26 03 2003

Julia is wonderful

It's a treat to get to know the young Julia, a charming person liked by all. And to watch her career emerge. The reader's British accent is perfect for lending gravity.

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  • Totali
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interpretazione
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Carla
  • 07 04 2018

fallen head over heels in love with Julia!

honestly, there were times in the center of the story where all I would do is stop the book and watch old episodes of the French chef on you tube. I fell in love with Julia. I wanted to be her friend. cook with her, laugh with her have properly inappropriate conversation with Julia. this book is well written, very well narrated and a book that needed to be done. I encourage you to indulge. bon appetit!

  • Totali
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interpretazione
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne
  • 01 01 2013

Compelling read

If you could sum up Appetite for Life in three words, what would they be?

Every Executive should be compelled to read this book. Even if they don't relate to the marvellous contents, the work ethic it describes, the dedication to beliefs, the altruism, the commitment and the partnership that this book has in bucketsful couldn't help but develop anyone.

I love the dedication to food, the Childs' dedication to each other, their dedication to work, and their spirit, the biographer captured it all.

What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

Nadia May is always a delight to listen to, her voice is calm and soothing and her pronunciation is always excellent, and none of the French in the book phased her at all.

Any additional comments?

This is a read no one will regret.

  • Totali
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Tim
  • 22 05 2011

Really enjoyed this!

All I knew about Julia Child came from the movie Julie and Julia and from Julia Child's wonderful memoir, My Life in France. I was a little daunted by the length of this book and also some of the reviews, but it was a truly well-written biography and well worth the time spent listening. I was fascinated by the behind the scenes of making the television shows, and by all the work involved in producing *all* the books, not just Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The narrator was superb.