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A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania’s utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman’s Empty Quarter - and many places beyond.

In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives listeners an introduction to some of his favorite places - in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help listeners further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.

Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Christopher; a guide to Chicago’s best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini.

For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.

The audiobook is read by Laurie Woolever, Shep Gordon, Christopher Bourdain, Jen Agg, Matt Walsh, Bill Buford, Claude Tayag, Nari Kye, Vidya Balachander, and Steve Albini.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 by Anthony M. Bourdain Trust UW; “A Child’s View of Paris (1966)”, “Revisiting New Jersey”, and “Uruguay Dreamin’” copyright 2020 by Christopher Bourdain; published with permission of Christopher Bourdain (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Poor man’s version of Lonely Planet guidebooks

I have no idea why the co-author thought it was a good idea to release this book. Is it a “tribute”? Money grab? I have everything else Mr. Bourdain wrote and was really excited to see that perhaps he had been working on something special when he died. The narration is terrible and the stories non existent. I live in Japan so naturally jumped to that section after trying and failing to get through it in order. The general mispronunciation of most of the dishes and the basic knowledge you could get from any search of Japanese cuisine had me cringing and I had to skip over that as well.

Why she would include airport details is a mystery. I’m assuming it is just filler because she had nothing other than a one hour conversation with him as a general outline for this book. We have all moved past Lonely Planet guidebooks with the advent of the internet and this is a definitely the poor man’s version of those travel books. Mr. Bourdain would be embarrassed that his name was attached to this. I’m so surprised that this was even published in good conscience. Returned it as I didn’t want my money supporting this substandard material.

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So bad

This is so bad. The narration is pathetic. And the “story” is none existent. I would not recommend this book.

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Not meant to be an audio book

I was expecting stories of adventures through food. This is a cliff notes version of places to travel to.

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Kinda Disappointing

I think my hopes were too high, wishing for a book that could never actually be written because Anthony Bourdain is no longer living. I preordered this turd months ago and was waiting with childish anticipation for April 20th to roll around. I was disappointed after only getting a few minutes in, but I fortified myself and finished. Here are the problems, as I see them. I hated that the narrator was obviously supposed to sound like Anthony Bourdain, but his reading of the text came across like an overly stylized, yet completely unenthusiastic, attempt to capture some last wisps of Anthonys storytelling magic by regurgitating quotes from past shows and interviews. Don't even get me started on the narration by Ms. Woolever...could she sound anymore bored? Smile baby, you're gonna make millions off this dumpster fire! I hated that this book was formulaic; country then cities, then details on how to get there as if none of us have the gosh darn internet, and then advertisement-like descriptions of the bougie hotels that most of us regular folk cannot afford. But what I hated the most was that it felt like an half-hearted attempt to cash in on the Bourdain brand and I was either too dumb to recognize this beforehand or I have drank the posthumous cult of a famous person Koolaid like millions of other sheeple do. Either way, it didn't leave me feeling good. Did the book give me the itch to travel? Yes, but then again I'm always trying to not scratch. Did it remind me that mental health issues and suicide effect everyone, even if they have a dream career? Yes! Did it make me sad that most other travel shows are simply inferior to No Reservations and Parts Unknown? Yes!! Did it leave me wanting more? Yes God damnit!!!! So I guess I'll re-listen to Kitchen Confidentail or Medium Raw...again...

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Beautiful but...

A nice fantasy read during this time when it's impossible to travel...brought back some great memories. I really enjoyed the book, especially the fantasy-inducing food descriptions. However, at certain points while speakers were discussing Quebec and France, the horrible French accent took away from my food and travel fantasies. Hawt cuisine? Dorayde? Pohdohfoo? Kwebbek? Notre Dayme? It would have taken about 15-20 minutes of research to get this kind of thing right and avoid the accompanying sour notes.

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What a waste....

This "book" is merely Cliff notes from Anthony's travel shows. Poorly read and sloppily put together.

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Good guidebook

So if you’re expecting the prose and wit that Bourdain was famous for, you’re not going to get that here. This is essentially a travel guide of Bourdain’s favorite places, straight from the horse’s mouth, via his personal assistant of 10 years. Bourdain and Woolever brainstormed this book for years before he passed, and she finished it (via his notes and his catalog of travel writing and shows).

Each chapter is broken down alphabetically by country, then by city. It details the accommodations and travel options in said country/city, then the food to get. Sprinkled in are musings and quotes from Bourdain, from his experiences in the city. Included in the book are essays from Bourdain’s brother, and others who joined him on his travels, or locals here meet up with there.

I enjoyed the audiobook, but other reviewers are correct, this is not the best type of book for audio. But I enjoyed it still.

As someone who is absolutely obsessed with all things Tony, I eagerly awaited this book and knew what I was getting in to. I understand people who are disappointed, because they might have been expecting something different. Read the review, then judge for yourself!

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A Travesty Guide

As a longtime fan of Tony, I’ve read all his books, seen most of his episodes In all three series, and learned to travel more honestly, rewardingly and authentically because of him. I have come to both admire and appreciate his insights, his perspectives, wit and heart. AB despised exploitation, whether that of slavery or colonialism or the errant chef who purportedly dives for fresh seafood yet is caught chumming the dive with already dead octopus only to pretend it was a fresh live catch. This book is posthumously exploitative of Tony himself-and undoubtedly he is turning in his grave watching his name associated with this drivel. Very little original content here. About half the words in this book are those of Tony, yet lifted from well worn episodes most fans have seen numerous times. And the narrative voice of Tony’s words in the audiobook has clearly never been out of the United States, knows nothing of either culinary or travel language and has more mispronounced words for foods and locations than correct words. Another one third of the book is utterly ridiculous filler about airport IATA codes, State Department travel warnings and fares for taxis from the airport that my 8 year old could google is less time than it took me to listen. This is uninspired travelogue, zero insight. The only possible redeeming value here is twofold- firstly some touching narrative from people who worked and travelled with him, namely the Korean American woman who worked with him as a production professional and convinces him to do an episode on Korea and the experience changes her life in a meaningful and positive way. The other is that the author Ms Woolever knew and worked with Tony for some 15 years, 9 of which she was his personal assistant. I imagine that she didn’t make much money in such a role, was likely overworked and under appreciated, and now she can cash in on his name association. She got $21 from me and likely tens of thousands of other disheartened admirers. Yet she should have known better. This effort is nowhere in the same galaxy as Tony, and in fact is a travesty. Yet as I think about it, perhaps Tony would approve, as I imagine him commenting from the 3rd circle of hades about his former assistant of her way to the 8th circle...”I mean, I’m efn dead, good for her for capitalizing on our history together, I couldn’t have been as successful as I was without her.” I say in the name of Walter Sobchek, “Eight year olds, Dude, efn eight year olds.” Skip this and reread Kitchen Confidential.

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Repeat of Anthony’s Episodes

I was excited to hear that this book was coming out, however, in listening to it I’ve realized it’s simply reshaping Tony’s quotes from his iconic tv episodes. The highlights of the novel are the essays intermingled between Tony’s travel advice, filled with love and fond memories.

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Not enough Tony

Not enough Tony. What’s there is great but it only enhances the feeling of loss. The best parts of the book for me are the personal testimonies on how Tony’s visit affected the lives of those he touched.

This is probably better read in paper or digital form rather than in audio. I found the travel tips (getting there, hotel recs, etc) dry and useless for the most part.

For those interested in this book because they miss Tony Bourdain, I suggest you listen to Kitchen Confidential or Medium Raw instead.

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