Appetite for Life

  • by Noel Riley Fitch
  • Narrated by Wanda McCaddon
  • 23 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.

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- Robert R. "Bohemian Bon Vivant"

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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- Sheri

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2001
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.