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Dennis

Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • A Man and His Mountain: The Everyman Who Created Kendall-Jackson and Became America's Greatest Wine Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Edward Humes
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tells the story of the self-made billionaire who built the Kendall-Jackson empire from nothing into the biggest-selling brand of premium wines in the U.S. Jess Stonestreet Jackson was one of a small band of pioneering entrepreneurs who put California's wine country on the map. His life story is a compelling slice of history, daring, innovation, feuds, intrigue, talent, mystique, contrarianism, and luck, offering a unique window on the elegant, adventurous, and cut-throat worlds of Jackson's two passions: wine and horseracing.

    Dennis says: "Yikes! Not what I was expecting!"
    "Yikes! Not what I was expecting!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different writer and a different narrator for starters.


    Has A Man and His Mountain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The gentleman is quite likely a good narrator, just not for this book. My judgement is that Mr. Foster's voice and reading style would be better suited for children's books. I'm finding it difficult to continue listening.


    What character would you cut from A Man and His Mountain?

    I wouldn't cut any character from A Man and His Mountain.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd just like to say that I am a member of the KJ wine club. I enjoy the welcoming facility, the staff and the wine. Further, I very much enjoy books about wine history, particularly those related to the Napa/Sonoma area. Having recently listened to The Judgement of Paris, Gallo Be Thy Name, The Billionaire's Vinegar and The House of Mondavi, I was anxious to hear about Mr. Jackson's contribution(s) to the area. Unfortunately, for me, the audio book came across as more of a eulogistic oratory, with only one goal in mind, namely, to make sure that the audience knows what a superhero Mr. Jackson was. My feeling after 4 chapters is disappointment. I'm not sure that I can continue listening to what I feel is likely an oversensationalized depiction of Mr. Jackson's contributions to the development of California's best known counties. Finally, I feel that the KJ staff at Santa Rosa provides a much more believable account of Mr. Jackson than A Man and His Mountain.

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