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Maria

Chassell, MI, United States

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  • Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Daniel Okrent
    • Narrated By Daniel Okrent
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Here is a brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America's most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of Americas favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages.

    Linda says: "Strictly an account"
    "Interesting, but not captivating"
    Overall

    My husband and I were excited to listen to this book on a long car ride because of the topic (How can Prohibition not be full of exciting content?) and because of some short interview with the author that seemed interesting.

    Overall, we found that the book didn't live up to our expectations. While we learned a lot, there was just way to much detail in this book. I feel like the book lacked information about what it was actually like to live under Prohibition. For such a colorful period in American history, there weren't many stories (amusing, illustrative, or otherwise. Rather, it read like a play-by-play of the political underpinnings of the legislation leading too, and then against, Prohibition. It was dull and the intense level of detail made it really hard to pay attention to the book.

    Some of the other comments complain about the authors' narration, but I think he did a fine job. After hearing the author provide commentary in Ken Burns baseball documentaries, I was happy to find that he was narrating his own book.

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