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Twain’s Feast

Lu par : Nick Offerman
Durée : 4 h et 27 min
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Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods. As we explore these foods’ role in Samuel Clemens’ life, we also discover a surprising culinary and ecological history of America. With writer Andrew Beahrs, we take documentary excursions across America, illuminating each food, and Nick Offerman brings to life a broad sampling of Twain’s writing from across his career. The biggest celebrity of his time, Twain was a witness to a transforming country. Twain’s Feast is a rollicking information-packed journey into the rich culinary history of America, with the sharp eye and unmistakable wit of Mark Twain as a guide.

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  • Greg Hill
  • 17/11/2018

Audible Recycling

Twain's Feast was in particular of shockingly poor quality. To be clear, this was the research for, creation of, and partial filming for an unsold pilot show for television. What we've been presented with are the narrator's audio links joining up audio culled from filming and producers doing research prior to shooting that never took place.

Numerous references to the fact that they were filming are left in, along with an extreme amount of dead air between lines/bits. Guests are named, and never spoken to again. The narrators repeatedly point to things we can't see, because this was filmed, not merely recorded audio (Look at..., See that...). It might have been interesting to see the television program originally intended, but given what bits were culled to make this Audible Original, I can see why no network was willing to fund it.

I got it for free and I still feel ripped off.

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  • Brad Johnson
  • 10/11/2018

Not what you would expect

So, there are some very compelling elements here - fancy food, Nick Offerman, and Mark Twain. Bring it!

Except.

None of that is the main focus of this story. This tale wanders more than the Mississippi (and that is a not in jest). There are some kinda awful descriptions of what is to be eaten (Raccoon? Lion fish?), and a couple of indistinct comments (Wanda Sikes can barely be heard, and that is saying something), a few of comments by Offerman, then hours of speculation on every aspect of Twain's life by every Twain expert in the country. There is no joy in the food (even though it was served in the Twain home/museum), no joy in the company, no joy in discovering Twain through foods he loved and craved. Just a harried, over worked chef, a few grunting comments by the assembled diners, and Twain minutia. Boo! Lost opportunity.

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  • Dr Drey
  • 03/01/2019

I want to know about Twain, not your white guilt.

They spent more time talking about to horrific occurrences of the time period than the man himself. Another of Amazon's free white guilt indoctrination sessions.

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  • alan hosch
  • 05/11/2018

Why Did I Think This Would Be About Food?

Ridiculous. It's not remotely about Twain or food. It's very much like a bad episode of "Fresh Air".

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 12/11/2018

Marginal

I love the idea of recreating culinary history, and in that, expect historically accurate ingredients to be used. Are you kidding me when the chef makes a vegan rendition of a Twain favorite? What!? And why invite a vegan and a girl who is allergic to oysters, when 99% of period foods were dairy based and people of the time loved oysters? "vegan mexican street corn?" NOT historically accurate. Smoked raccoon with Wagyu beef? Why not make the recipes as they were and experience an authentic taste of history? I admittedly did not finish the podcast. Keep historic authenticity!

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  • Tim Favreau
  • 12/11/2018

Misrepresented and misleading, not worth the time.

The book's title tells you and gives you the idea of what the book is going to be about. When you listen to the book it's anything but. The information does not pertain to the subject matter and at times I found it extremely frustrating. Long gaps in silence from bad editing make you have to check the audible book to see if it's even still playing. It's a good thing this book was free otherwise I would be asking for my money back.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05/01/2019

Sad excuse for political commentary

I was anticipating more about the relationships that Twain had and the inspiration for his writing and connectedness to the food. It was an interesting approach to presentation though. I did enjoy many of the interviews but would prefer to keep the destruction by humanity out of a celebration of favorite foods.

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  • M. Barker
  • 05/12/2018

An opportunity seasoned with a guilt trip.

With so much to discuss about a major historical figure, it's a shame how much time is spent guilt tripping the reader for the situations and conditions of which the reader had nothing to do.

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  • John Gordon
  • 25/11/2018

Not Twain’s Feast : Spoiler in comments

With Nick Offerman involved I was expecting a real-man’s Ron Swanson experience. The writers painstakingly researched Twain’s travels, home and habits. They dug through hundreds of receipts and ledger entries to understand Twain’s love of food ingredients, and drink. I was able to tolerate the NPR-style of production. I was able to patiently listen to two men hunting prairie hens - and failing to find them. This book lost me when the chef substituted tofu for the prairie hen. Don’t claim to be a feast based on Twain’s ideal meal then make gross substitutions. Any game hen would have been a better solution than tofu. Yes, the Twain dining experience is equally about the company and conversation around the table, but the title and description led us to believe otherwise. Sorry, I was unable to finish the book.

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  • SH
  • 16/11/2018

Love Twain, Love Offerman, hated this.

I love the writing of Mark Twain, and the renditions Nick Offerman has contributed are excellent. However, this is a sloppily produced podcast that is, as Offerman describes, "bummer after bummer." It felt like "An Inconvenient Truth" with tidbits of Twain thrown in.

I expected something fun and informative. The book was informative but far from fun. I learned details about Twain's life that I did not know. But if I were to sum up the "feast" portion, it would be this: nothing that existed in Twain's day still exists, we cannot eat any of it or experience any of the things he did, because it has all been destroyed. Probably by you, the listener.

Also, the book entirely falls apart about halfway through. It starts out as a dinner party with interesting guests eating and discussing the foods Twain loved, but gives up any pretense of this narrative about hour 2. Instead, the book turns into a bit of a rant by Andrew Beahrs. Offerman almost entirely disappears, and, we never really hear from the other guests. This was a great idea that was an utter failure in execution.

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