I have not read the print edition.
As someone who is interested in starting a craft distillery, I'm interested in soaking up all the info I can to make creative, desirable products. You have to want to listen to a subject like this or have an interest in botany. I would recommend to friends interested in reaching deep into the subject.
Her very exact pronunciations of words became difficult to listen to. Eventually I started listening to the way she was reading rather than focusing on the subject. It wasn't "comfortable" to listen to. That said, I wouldn't tell someone interested in the subject to avoid the book. Here's a tip: Put the speed of the book on 1.25X. It helped tremendously and made me focus on the subject rather than the narration.
No. This was a book that wasn't necessarily a story from beginning to end. I enjoyed the subject but needed a break from taking in all the info at points.
I'll remind readers of this review I chose this book because I'm interested in starting a craft distillery and wanted to do more than throw together moonshine. I wanted to dig deep into the subject and find out more than just how to ferment corn. This book has a wealth of knowledge. It has some recipes, but it is not a recipe book.
I would recommend it as a physical book, which could be referenced or quickly reviewed when thinking about an ingredient or a type of drink to make or plant to grow.
This is a much better book thank my rating. The author does a great job with a very complete list of ingredients. It is well organized and full of interesting information. Audio is not the optimal format for this book.
New narrator. Please.
No. Absolutely not.
The content of the book is interesting, and I think the print version must me more enjoyable. A talented narrator could do wonders for any book, and this audiobook is begging for one. Ms. Marlo sounds like she's imitating Siri-only with worse pronunciation, which is a major no-no for me.
The story behind so many herbs and spices that at various times, drove men to extreme measure. Intriguing and beguiling at every turn. In this book you get something worth toasting.
Realizing the power many countries derived from the control of many herbs. The Dutch in particular, proved to be quite unscrupulous in their drive to control the trade.
I enjoyed Coleen Marlo's performance. She's eloquent and energetic in her delivery.
This book had lots of surprises and "now way!" moments for me. You see the best and worst in people and the lengths at which they'll go to for the power and wealth that come from botanical gems like nutmeg and vanilla. Things we take for granted today.
I loved this book. Its packed with all kinds of interesting and surprising facts what could be a rather mundane subject. Amy Stewart puts a lemon twist on this top-shelf cocktail of a book.
The contents of the book are very interesting combination of history, chemistry, culture and botany. The structure can be confusing to listen to and the recipes may be good to have in text format. I would suggest the paperback version rather than the audio book for those interested in making the most of this book.
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I have to agree with many of the reviews here that I didn't bother to read before buying: a great reference and interesting material but much better for a book than audio. I bought 3 copies of the BOOK as gifts for bartenders! Plus the useful technical knowledge is difficult to use as intended - to go back and reference. I enjoyed the first part but once the encyclopedia started, the limitations became more apparent despite interesting content!
I would recommend this book, but in physical form. The book is more of a reference guide full of great information, but it doesn't listen well as an audiobook. Lots of great recipes just aren't accessible in this medium.
The history of several different types of alcohol is the best part of this book. I learned a ton about the liquor cabinet I inherited from a relative.
The narrator does her best with the material, and really infuses emotion and excitement into the words. It sounds like a friend sharing an exciting tidbit she learned at the store, but this book was just not built for the audiobook.
The history is worth the listen if you are running low on reading material and are interested in the history of food, but I would spring for a paper copy.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
Perhaps this is stupid, but I was expecting this book to be a combination of a book about drinks and a book about plants. I'm not much of a drinker and I will not try 90% of the recipes or ideas in the book.
I was hoping for interesting anecdotes and history about the plants that go into our drinks. This was like reading a cookbook with factoids in little boxes next to the recipe description.
What I'm trying to said it this was super dullness mixed with itty bitty bits of interesting history or mini-anecdotes. If you wanna read history and anecdotes related to beverages (alcoholic and not) read "A History of The World in 6 Glasses" by Tom Standage. It is way better.
If you want to make a lot of drinks and be an alcoholic drink snob, by all means, Stewart's is the book for you.
The book is very detailed and describes the growing, harvesting and distilling of many drinks. I liked hearing about the history of the drinks and the plants they are made of. The narrator was excellent.