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Gourmet Rhapsody Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.06 (3,004 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Muriel Barbery Narrator: Norman Dietz, Barbara Caruso, Eliza Foss, Jean Brassard, Pete Larkin, Heather Corrigan, Paula Parker Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the heart of Paris, in the posh building made famous in The Elegance of Hedgehog, Pierre Athens, the greatest food critic in the world, is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Arthens has been lording it over the world's most esteemed chefs for years, passing judgment on their creations, deciding their fates with a stroke of his pen, destroying and building reputations on a whim.

But now, during these his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence. Indeed, this flamboyant and self-absorbed man desires only one thing before he dies: one last taste.

Thus begins a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiars: relatives, lovers, a would-be protégé, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about M. Arthens, a man who has inspired only extreme emotions in people.

Here, as in The Elegance of Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery's story celebrates life's simple pleasures and sublime moments while condemning the arrogance and vulgarity of power. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Kristylemmon | 2/20/2014

    " Sooo boring. But was a good book to fall asleep to everynight. I hated that it was all recollections and there was no interaction between characters in the book during the actual story. I like the way she uses language but this book was just so-so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Michelle | 2/9/2014

    " Didn't love the writing style (deliberately fussy is never going to win me over), and hated the curmudgeonly main character. Two stars were awarded for the fact that it was short, thus making it an easy read prior to book club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Gilda | 1/28/2014

    " Not nearly as good as her first book, The Elegance of the Hedgehog. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Carla | 1/10/2014

    " The main character was much too self absorbed. The writing seemed needlessly flowery and descriptive. I pulled this book because I couldn't find a copy of the Hedgehog one that everyone raved about. I am not sure if I should even give it a chance now. "

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