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What I thought was going to be a simple "how i did it" memoir was so much more. Eddie's insights into race and culture are invaluable, and uniquely broadcast from his one-of-a-kind cadence and tone. Not only is the text itself a pleasure, but Eddie's reading of it is lively, entertaining, honest, and refreshing. He often goes "off-script" during the audiobook, elaborating in ways he doesn't in the printed version. He also genuinely re-experiences the moments he recalls, laughing along at funny stories, clearly affected by more troubling ones. As a result, this audiobook feels so much more like a conversation than any other I have listened to yet. Well done, Mr. Huang!
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I really enjoy watching the Fresh off the Boat show on TV. Being of close age to Edi and first generation, there is a lot I could relate to. I then saw a couple of episodes of Huang's World. That show was good to. Reminded me of No Reservation but a bit more real.
I dont like stacking credits so I decided to purchase this book. It's good. Edi reads it and it feels like he is just sitting in the car with you talking, catching up. I will say this, the book completely ruined the TV show for me. The show just seems fake now. Something I heard so many times before but it's true, It really is, the book is way better than the movie. In this case, the book is way better than the show.
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The author blesses us with the story of his own life in his words with his voice.
Essential reading for anyone who has lived or is interested in the life of those who walk between worlds.
There are highs, so high, and the down low is dirty: raw; and challengingly real but the passions in Eddie's world draw you in through the darkest parts.
Food is a central theme, it is a metaphor and it is also the culture. The colourful descriptions bring flavour in to what should just be a story. Prepare to get hungry.
In his own words, Eddie's book is not THE voice of the ABC experience but it is a great voice and one that resonates with this BBC.