I would recommend the physical version of the book, but the audiobook is one to skip.
Well done narration
Sure, but in print form
If the book is along the same line I would consider the print form but not the audio f
I didn't finish because I couldn't properly follow the text without seeing it.
I'm considering buying the print form because the information was very interesting, just that I couldn't properly follow.
Mostly read business books and YA sci-fi fluff, but I love everything in between too.
Very entertaining! Yes, it's a little A to Z-ish, but such a wonderful set of stories. The organization of the book from base spirit to liquor then herbs and finally garnishes makes the book feel like there is a strong overall narrative.
Beware that this book will make you so excited about plants and their liquors that you'll at some point feel compelled to visit the book's website and you will find that very sadly, the author has stopped updating and posting to her blog :(
But the book remains invaluable. With so many great how to's and recipes, I'm definitely buying a hard copy for my kitchen.
As for the narrator, her voice seemed a little too perfect to me, almost like the voice of the onboard navigation system in a starship.
Pronunciation was off for several technical words, but overall an entertaining book. Much more of an overview of plants and booze, rather than a historical account or a dive into plants complexities when involved with alcohol. Four stars is appropriate but generous.
A fantastic read. Never before have I learned so much about botany or cocktails. A great introduction to either subject, be your interest in new recipes, gardening tips, or histories of brewing. This had it all and more, in an easily digestible manner and fun tone, as if to be best enjoyed over the very cocktails filling the pages (...er audio files?). I bookmarked so many fun stories, great sounding liqueurs, and recipes I'd like to try! Strongly considering adding a hard copy to my library so as to have that info more readily at hand. That is, in case I ever become the wonderful home gardening cocktail party hosting person this has inspired me to want to become. One day, if I ever have a space accommodating to such practices, that is. Anyway, it shall be wonderful to order something from a bartender and know the story of its genesis, and might make for great bar trivia!
My only criticism of this audiobook was a quirk of the narrator's pronunciations- her d's seemed overly pronounced; also bugged me that orange was pronounced throughout as "are-anj".
Now I kinda want a Jack Rose or a slough gin fizz...
I'm a lifelong teacher and learner, and a Stay at Home Dad.... I produce audiobooks and do VO-work. Spreader of Adult-onset Athleticism
The sweep of the information in this book was wonderful to me, but I might suggest a book or eBook format if you are not a fan of Coleen Marlo's style.
The sweep of possibilities in the alcoholic extractions from around the world, a blend of long history and endless combinations and permutations.
The narrator was clear enough, but her style was not for me to love.... just like.
I might recommend this book to some of the bartenders I know but not all of them. This takes the simple art of making a drink and enjoying it to a all out "whole Foods/kitchen nightmare" level. I think the writer/reader lacked creativity. I expected more history or more drunken stories not a lecture on why the alcohol I have (that is considered top shelve) isn't worth anything.... I really wanted to like this book but it wasn't in the cards for me. For a book about alcohol I found it to be quit dry. :-(
good information though, clever book with a fair amount of historic culture techniques. common procedures requiring very little expertise that can result in your own superior blends.
The reason I could not finish this book was the narrator Coleen Marlo. Her voice was like nails on a chalkboard to me and I have instead picked up a hardback copy of the book.
I am sure it is just a personal preference but I will make sure in the future not to purchase any more books that she has narrated. Once I have finished reading the book I will give a full review.