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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (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 Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ilona Maxon | 12/31/2013

    " Great verbiage "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amonson0412 | 12/2/2013

    " Beautiful writing. Especially about food. The storyline was less than compelling but true to the character. He's just kind of a jerk. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali Goldner | 11/17/2013

    " Even though I didn't enjoy The Elegance of a Hedgehog, I still gave this book a shot. Interesting concept, but the philosophical points it tried making were just overkill and lead to a pretty boring and un-gripping read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/12/2013

    " She can do no wrong thus far in my book. I love the way she writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 11/11/2013

    " This sequel was not as successful for me as "Hedgehog" but it was nice to revisit some of the characters from that first story. I think this book may not stand on its own without having read the earlier one to understand the backstory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wrdwrrior Lehr | 10/26/2013

    " Very french. Lovely flow and interesting characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tali | 8/31/2013

    " I would probably have given this a five had I read it before Elegance of the Hedgehog, but in relation to that one, it's not quite as good. I still love the way the author treats words as ingredients in a dish meant to be savored. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyle | 4/30/2012

    " The only thing that saved this from one star was the last chapter and the food descriptions. When I think about this story, the word I keep thinking of is snobbish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 2/26/2012

    " What is writing, no matter how lavish the pieces, if it says nothing of the truth, cares little for the heart, and is merely subservient to the pleasure of showing one's brilliance? ~ Muriel Barbery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 5/19/2011

    " i love the language used. to me, this book doesn't come close to the elegance of the hedgehog, although it was still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/26/2011

    " Worth reading for the delicious descriptions of food, otherwise light on plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 4/6/2011

    " I really like the way Barbery writes (or the way her translator translates!). If I were a foodie, perhaps I would have liked this book better. I loved the food metaphors. I suppose a dying gourmand's quest to find some elusive taste just isn't enough to interest me much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 3/21/2011

    " A quick, light read that made me very, very hungry. A book about the importance of food and memory in our lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 3/5/2011

    " A story-within-a-story for The Elegance of the Hedgehog, about a dying food critic. The descriptions are so lovely, you can almost taste the food. Definitely a must read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara | 2/16/2011

    " Very strange descriptions of food. Not really worth the time to read it. "

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