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Anthony Bourdain's long-time director and producer takes listeners behind the scenes to reveal the insanity of filming television in some of the most volatile places in the world and what it was like to work with a legend.

In the nearly two years since Anthony Bourdain's death, no one else has come close to filling the void he left. His passion for and genuine curiosity about the people and cultures he visited made the world feel smaller and more connected. Despite his affable, confident, and trademark snarky TV persona, the real Tony was intensely private, deeply conflicted about his fame, and an enigma even to those close to him. Tony’s devoted crew knew him best, and no one else had a front-row seat for as long as his director and producer, Tom Vitale.

Over the course of more than a decade traveling together, Tony became a boss, a friend, a hero and, sometimes, a tormentor. In the Weeds takes listeners behind the scenes to reveal not just the insanity that went into filming in some of the most far-flung and volatile parts of the world but what Tony was like unedited and off-camera. From the outside, the job looked like an all-expenses-paid adventure to places like Borneo, Vietnam, Iran, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Libya. What happened off-camera was far more interesting than what made it to air. The more things went wrong, the better it was for the show. Fortunately, everything fell apart constantly.

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©2021 Tom Vitale (P)2021 Hachette Books

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Even more than I expected

Since watching Road Runner a few weeks ago, I’ve been devouring the Bourdain story. Though familiar with his celebrity, I’d never watched any of Tony’s shows, so I had more or less stumbled onto RR by process of elimination while looking for in-flight entertainment, and now can’t get enough of the story. Tom Vitale’s appearances left me with what I’ve come to believe was an inaccurate impression of him (Tom), so I’m so glad that in consuming all the books on Bourdain I found this one. This was such a touching memoir, and as Tom mentions in the epilogue, it’s telling that he had to be reminded to share these stories as reflections of his own experiences rather than solely those of Tony. Tom Vitale’s writing style is different from Bourdain’s, but just as compelling and addictive. I realized early on that I was eager to get back to the story, increasingly to hear what Tom had to say, as much as to hear about how it was relative to Anthony Bourdain and their shows and travels.

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Reflection is the books purpose. Moving forward is it’s intent. -Not just for anyone wanting more Bourdain!

Not just for anyone who just wants more Bourdain! Tom Vitale does a great and respectful job of documenting his experiences, thoughts and emotions during his 20 years working along side him. All of being professionally and personally melded into his life and work. The journey reveals opportunities and costs of the choices of self dedication and appreciation (and need) for the division of self from those activities. I hope Vitale finds many pages to fill in his future thoughts and accounts of his next accomplishments. -And maybe, follows that voice he finds taking him out of “the weeds”.

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Thank you Tom!

Excellent writing+narration. The recent content on Bourdain has helped with closure. Hope to hear more from Tom Vitale!

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anthony bourdain's catcher in the rye

Too much whining for my taste. Read like someone trying to profiteer off their relationship with a legend.

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Amazing

Incredible book about Anthony Bourdain. Behind the scenes to greatness. Everything about this is well done.

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Amazing Story Telling

Anyone remotely interested in Anthony Bourdain will be intrigued with this book. I found it incredibly interesting to hear what the experience was really like working with Anthony Bourdain. Tom coming to terms of the death of his friend and mentor seemed to also help me come to terms with a man I didn’t know but looked up to. Thank you for telling your story Tom.

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Heartbreakingly fantastic

Thank you for your words, experiences, adventure, heartbreak and love of Tony. It was refreshing and exciting to get a peek behind the cameras into the world you shared with him. Thank you.

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Funny, heartwarming, disturbing, and shocking

This book gives a new perspective to the Anthony Bourdain we are all used to seeing on TV.

More of a collection of experiences rather than a cohesive novel, this book shows "Parts Unknown" from a totally new angle. It shows the incredible amount of work that went into making the show, and recounts some of the most exciting, terrifying, unsettling, and heartwarming experiences that Tom had while directing the show.

Told by someone who genuinely knew Tony, it gives the reader a window into what he was like off camera.

If you are looking for answers as to why Tony took his own life, this book doesn't have them. No one will truly know the demons he was battling. However, it is a great tribute to Tony and a celebration of his life and legacy. You can tell when listening that writing this book was an emotional challenge for Tom, and those emotions are conveyed beautifully through his own narration.

I highly recommend this book to any Anthony Bourdain fans, world travelers, and anyone wanting to be taken on a journey with one of the most influential chefs and personalities of the modern world.

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A good listen

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and reading.

Enjoyed Tom’s reading and “accents”.

Enjoyed and looked forward to the closing thoughts and the end of each chapter. Reminded me of similar phrasing in the recent Obama bio.

Could certainly feel the catharsis in the arc of this story.

Never saw the Bourdain series, but heading back to watch it.

Absolutely worth the time to listen. Reading might have been more worthwhile. Can’t fold down a page after a memorable comment when listening.

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Great audiobook

Excellent book with a great performance that makes you laugh and think frequently. Anyone who loves traveling, good food, good friends and family or that watched any of the shows made in cnn or travel channel will enjoy this book.