Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Audiobook Review: Dinner at Fiorello's by Rick R Reed Narrated by Joel Leslie #Review #Giveaway

Author: Rick. R. Reed
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Book: Dinner at Fiorello's 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: February 24, 2016
Length: 7 hours 11 minutes

Reviewed by Erin


Henry Appleby has an appetite for life. As a recent high school graduate and the son of a wealthy family in one of Chicago's affluent North Shore suburbs, his life is laid out for him. Unfortunately, though, he's being forced to follow in the footsteps of his successful attorney father instead of living his dream of being a chef. When an opportunity comes his way to work in a real kitchen the summer after graduation, at a little Italian joint called Fiorello's, Henry jumps at the chance, putting his future in jeopardy.
Years ago, life was a plentiful buffet for Vito Carelli. But a tragic turn of events now keeps the young chef at Fiorello's quiet and secretive, preferring to let his amazing Italian peasant cuisine do his talking. When the two cooks meet over an open flame, sparks fly. Both need a taste of something more - something real, something true - to separate the good from the bad and find the love - and the hope - that just might be their salvation.

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Joel Leslie has narrated numerous audio books, but Dinner at Fiorello’s is the first book I’ve listened to. It won’t be the last that’s for sure. I really enjoyed both Rick Reed’s words and Joel Leslie’s voice as he tells the story of Vito and Henry.

Rick Reed’s storytelling is always rich with details, and Joel Leslie does an incredible job of bringing everything to life. From the food to the sights and sounds of Chicago to Henry and Vito themselves (and oh, Vito’s accent is delightful!). Each character has their own, distinct voice and this is something that definitely not all narrators are able to accomplish. And when some of those characters are women?? It takes a certain skill for a male narrator to pull that off and have them sound authentic … a feat Leslie manages quite well.

I was absorbed in this audio book from beginning to end and highly recommend for anyone who wants to get lost for a few hours.


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1 comment:

  1. I'm looking forward to listening to Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk.