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James Bishop

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  • A Carafe of Red

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Gerald Asher
    • Narrated By P. J. Ochlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Every wine has a story. In this collection of elegantly written essays from the past 30 years, updated with a new introduction and endnotes, renowned author Gerald Asher informs wine enthusiasts with insightful, engrossing accounts of wines from Europe and America that offer just as much for those who simply enjoy vivid evocations of people and places. Asher puts wine in its context by taking the reader on a series of discursive journeys that start with the carafe at his elbow.

    James Bishop says: "Nice writing, shame about the accents"
    "Nice writing, shame about the accents"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Whenever the narrator comes to a quote from some French winemaker or aficionado, and there are quite a few in this book, he reads it in a fake French accent that sounds like something from Inspector Clouseau or perhaps a Monty Python sketch. He takes a similar tack with quotes from Italians, where he sounds like Joe Dolce doing his Shaddap you face...
    Without the grating fake accents this book would have easily made a 4 star listening experience in my view.


    Would you be willing to try another one of P. J. Ochlan’s performances?

    No. I mean, he's fine when he's not putting on accents, but the Inspector Clouseau routine is really quite awful.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The writing is great. I should have read it in print.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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