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Would you consider the audio edition of Provence, 1970 to be better than the print version?
I'd consider them equal, depending on one's preference. The narrator is mostly quite good.
What other book might you compare Provence, 1970 to and why?
Reflexions by Richard Olney would be a good companion read to this.
What does John Rubinstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
A very good narrator, I just wish men would learn not to attempt women's voices, as Rubinstein does to a small degree when speaking M.F.K. Fisher. I never like this. It always reminds me of Norman Bates speaking as his mother to some degree. To Rubinstein's credit, it's a small degree of annoyance, nothing that matters much as some others do (listen to the narrator of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt released on the same day -- much worse [in that case I decided to forego the audiobook as a result]).
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No, but it enriched my understanding, gave a different perspective somewhat, and showed these people such as Julia Child more humanly than their public personas allowed.
Any additional comments?
It's the first audiobook that makes me want to start all over after I've finished.
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I found this book interesting reading for several reasons. The first is that it gave me more information about and insight into Richard Olney and M.F.K. Fisher, and their work. And then it brought them together with our more well known friends the Childs, Judith Jones, James Beard, and Simone Beck for various rousing encounters. This book was just an all around feast.
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