Not good for a daughter of a woman born behind the Iron Curtain, but the tale actually turns out kind of banal. Sure, his early escapes are dramatic, yet his existence remains nothing but bleak. And we cannot really blame his choices on his upbringing or his dramatic early years: here's a con artist that wasn't even good at that. Narration seemed quite good, though, if intrusive, with so many voices appearing at wide-widths apart.
I wonder if anyone will do a story on the jewelry-robbing-cartel that seems to have sprung from the same regions? THAT would be a good yarn.
This book does several things well.
1. The humorous narration can make you laugh out loud.
2. The story of the tumultuous life of Attila Ambrus, his family, friends and acquaintances is emotionally gripping. Rubenstein does an excellent job of making Ambrus come to life and--despite all the anarchy--make sense. Though a criminal, Ambrus is an innately intelligent survivor worthy of biography in his own right.
3. The socioeconomic context of post-Soviet Hungary is well-researched and accurately analyzed. Most westerners still know very little of what the people of these ex-Soviet satellite countries have gone through and are still experiencing. This is an important subject about which much can be learned painlessly through The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber.
This is a fantastic book and the audio version is great! I totally recommend this story. It's interesting and at times seems fiction but it's completely true!
This is an great example of how a modern Audiobook production can really enhance the spoken word. The production, voice-overs and snippits of Waits-like music are top class.
A charming true story of an 'underdog' trying to make his way in post-Soviet Eastern Europe. Exciting and funny, give it a try. I'd never have picked up on this one if it wasn't for Audible.
I loved this book. You will find yourself cheering fo Atilla the Whiskey Robber. I can not wait until the movie comes out. The audio portion was one the best including the music.
I have listened to 50 or so audio books that I just loved, and this one was just kinda OK. It was a more of a disaster of a life and the unfortunate total run down and corruption of eastern block countries. In my opinion, this is a story that probably 1,000's of every day people have in that corrupt and damaged part of the world who are trying to make ends meet when the government can't finds it's head with two hands.