Friday, February 24, 2017

Audio Book Review: Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray, Read by Mozhan Marno

Ondine is a young chef that is developing her cooking skills alongside her mother. Pablo Picasso is a famous painter whose paintings are worth millions. As Ondine and Picasso's worlds collide, their presence puts a mark on each other's lives. The story will take you through different generations of Ondine's family. The chapters use numbers, give a description of what the chapters are about, and give dates and times the chapters occur.

The storyteller did a great job of using many different voices and tones throughout the CDs. I liked that Ondine's family was close in this story despite the pain that she and her family endured. Their life seemed joyous to me in spite of hardships. Cooking was something that kept coming back into the story so I feel like that helped bring more joy to their lives since it was something they seemed to enjoy.

Picasso seemed like someone that was widely admired on the outside but his life up close seemed to cause a lot of pain in his and other's lives that were close to him. It helped me understand what life is like for a famous person whose life may look admirable to many but seems actually very hard to handle out behind closed doors.

This audio book was hard to listen to at times because there are some bad words / language (what I consider cussing) in some places on this audio book (there seemed to be a lot more during the second half of the book), which I wasn't expecting. Some of the descriptive language was also hard for me to bear. The story deals with some adult issues.

This story will probably tug at a lot of heartstrings, it will be real for a lot of people that have gone through similar situations (I can't really talk about the situations without giving away what happens).

This audio book comes with 11 unabridged CDs.

My review = 3 out of 5 stars

I received this audio book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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