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By Muriel Barbery, Barbara Caruso (Read by), Eliza Foss (Read by), Pete Larkin (Read by), Paula Parker (Read by), Jean Brassard (Read by), Heather Corrigan (Read by), Norman Dietz (Read by)
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Staff Reviews

In Paris, the world’s greatest food critic is dying.  Adored by some and loathed by many, he is desperately longing for one last taste of…something.  Barbery’s writing and word choices are beautiful.

Keep a dictionary at hand!

— Jody

September 2009 Indie Next List

“The perfect foodie book! Monsieur Pierre Arthens, the food critic from The Elegance of the Hedgehog, has been given two days to live and so embarks on a gastric search as he recounts the food -- and people -- that he's devoured in an attempt to find one last, elusive flavor.”
— Mary Cowen, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL


In the heart of Paris, in the posh building made famous in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, the greatest food critic in the world is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Pierre Arthens has been lording it over the world’s most esteemed chefs for years. But now, during these, his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence.
 Thus begins a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiars—relatives, lovers, a would-be protégé, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about Monsieur Arthens, a man who has inspired only extreme emotions in people. Here, as in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery’s story celebrates life’s simple pleasures and sublime moments while condemning the arrogance and vulgarity of power.

About the Author

MURIEL BARBERY is a French novelist and professor of philosophy. Her second novel L'Élégance du hérisson (translated into English as The Elegance of the Hedgehog) topped the French best-seller lists for 30 consecutive weeks and is an international bestseller.

BARBARA CARUSO is an American graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She enjoys a rich acting career which has included Broadway, off Broadway, and many theaters across the country. On those stages she has performed in plays by Shakespeare, Chekov, Williams, O’Neil, and Neil Simon, to name but a few.

Spoken word audio is an important part of that career. Her countless recordings include the works of Edith Wharton, Margaret Atwood, Maeve Binchy, Louisa May Alcott, Willa Cather, and children’s classics. AudioFile magazine has chosen her one of their Voices of the Century. She’s won numerous Earphones Awards, including for her narration of The Year of Magical Thinking (an Audie® Award finalist) and The House of Scorta, both published by HighBridge. She is the recipient of the Alexander Scourby Award, presented by the American Foundation for the Blind.

ELIZA FOSS has appeared in numerous theatrical productions, regionally and in New York. Having narrated over thirty audiobooks and short stories, Eliza was featured in AudioFile magazine as one of "audios hottest romance narrators."

PETE LARKIN has wide and deep voiceover and on-camera experience and has worked in virtually all media. In addition to his extensive narration and theater work, he has served as the public address announcer for the New York Mets from 1988-1993 and as a radio personality in Baltimore, Washington and New York.

PAULA PARKER is an award-winning audiobook narrator. Off Broadway she has worked with the Public Theatre and has appeared in various regional productions as well.

Praise For…

“Narrated beautifully . . .”
Library Journal

“The moment of revelation pack[s] a mighty wallop.”
Providence Journal

“ A chorus of talented voices alternates in delivering a stark portrait of this master of French cuisine.”
      —AudioFile [Earphones Award Winner]

“A chorus of talented voices alternates in delivering a stark portrait of this master of French cuisine.”
       —AudioFile [Earphones Award Winner]

“Narrated beautifully . . .”
       —Library Journal

“The moment of revelation pack[s] a mighty wallop.”
       —Providence Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9781611745696
ISBN-10: 1611745691
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication Date: October 10th, 2011
Language: English