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As They Were
- Narrated by: C. M. Hébert
- Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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"A breath of poetry wraps us as she relives for us a lifetime....She is the attentive spectator of her own life as well as its narrator." ( Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Listening to Hébert's delicate reading of the decades-old reminiscences...is like sharing an evening with a gracious gourmet." ( Booklist)
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- Robert R.
Tiresome and Tedious
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Boredom and frustration.
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While I'm generally a fan of M.F.K. Fisher, this particular collection just seems incredibly self-indulgent, and of no particular interest to anyone but Fisher herself. In that context, if one has read Fisher widely, as I have, it's just tedious to get through, and one can see why so many of her contemporaries in the culinary world brushed her off as not to be taken seriously.
The stories in this collection have largely appeared elsewhere, and one has the sense that the collection was put together as a new title simply to provide Ms. Fisher with an infusion of cash.
Try Two Towns in Provence instead. I love that one -- especially the Aix-en-Provence years, and revisiting Aix with her daughters.
Amazing that this is currently the only M.F.K. Fisher available in audiobook form, as it's surely the least interesting of everything Fisher wrote.
As for the narrator, she generally does a pleasant and competent enough job, but has some annoying mispronunciations throughout ("manzanita" comes to mind in particular).
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Most delicious book read in many years;
Would love to read more M FK Fisher books; luscious sensory writing; more essays please