I was disappointed that this seemed much more about corporate history and about the author (with a nice commercial for the corporation that brews Sierra Nevada) than it was about beer itself, which the title and subtext implies. A brief skim about medical research on alcohol and an even briefer tips about beer itself seemed thrown in to justify the title. I was sorry to waste my money and time on it.
I've absolutely loved Littell's other books and Scott Brick used to be a favorite reader, but I just had to give up on this one in less than 5 hours. To stretch out a suspense with long unrealistic dialogues between those on each side - do you expect me to believe that they actually face each other and repeat their arguments that were trite long ago and are well known by everyone on all sides of the conflict? And done in Brick's incessantly strident voice! I've easily accepted that he has only one foreign accent that works best with east European, but he could have gotten an Israeli speaker to help his pronunciations sound authentic, some of his Arabic was a little bit better. Obviously I can't give a full review because i just couldn't finish it. Hoping for better in the future.
This is one of my favorite listens of all times since it came out on tape years ago. I have listened to it at least three times and never grow tired of it. I have been waiting for it to be available on Audible so that I can share the joy with friends. it's not the plot, but the man and his way of evaluating his moral and lifestyle dilemmas that's just terrific. Keller is an interesting lonely guy who just happens to be contract killer. His agent, Dot (Daht) is a hoot. Forster's reading and Chicago accent make a huge contribution. The recent Hit Parade is satisfying, but the author's voice isn't Keller, Forster's clearly is. For the bargain price, get this book and savor it.
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