Love makes the world go 'round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go 'round twice as fast. This is the hilarious story of wartime bootlegging in the Scottish islands.
Wartime food rationing is bad enough, but when the whisky supplies run out on the Hebridean islands of Great and Little Todday, nothing seems to go right. Then the fifty-thousand-bottle cargo of the shipwrecked S.S. Cabinet Minister brings salvation - in its most giddily intoxicating form.
©1947 Compton MacKenzie; ©2012 AudioGO Ltd
Farmboy, nurse, fisherman, birdwatcher,
The story of real people at odds with the distant bureaucracy. AND the Reader's accents and characterizations bring it alive.
The Biffer - He will do as he wants and stuff the authorities.
All the vast array of islanders and all their lovely accents.
Absolutely. I heard it many years ago on cassette and have been unable to find it until now. An old friend has come home.
If you want to smile. Listen casually. If you want a belly laugh listen with intent. You can't go wrong either way.
I'm a retired English teacher who enjoys reading and absolutely loves listening to books. It has changed my world.
I just finished listening to this book, and I probably enjoyed it so much because it was so well-written and had an actual event to back it up. The effect of a whiskey shortage, which is due to the war, seems funny when its effects are so far-reaching, dramatically affecting the lives of most of the people on two islands off the coast of Scotland. Adding to the picture is the fact that one island is Catholic and the other is Protestant. I liked the writing so much that I'm going to download Monarch of the Glen, which is the basis (though loosely, I think) for the TV series. It's my first book from Compton Mackenzie and in my opinion he's an excellent storyteller. The narrator was perfect for the book and I found myself listening closely as he used different voices for the characters. Great job all round!
Female, love a good mystery, Victorian English literature and love to laugh (Dickens, Austen, Trollepe, Wodehouse, Gaskell, Elliot
Having watched and then read the Monarch of the Glen (by Compton Mackenzie), I had high expectations for Whiskey Galore. And I wasn't disappointed! My favorite character did not appear until the end of the book until the wedding of Sergeant Odd and Peggy Macroon. Mother Odd is a colorful "Cockney" character with something witty to say about everything (particularly when she compared a seal which jumps out of the sea to her butcher back in "good old London"!) Fun.
This is a book which I think is best appreciated by listening to it rather than by reading it. I would not have picked up on the nuances of the religious differences between the two close knit but nevertheless separate island communities. It was a relaxing gentle read reminiscent of a much earlier time. Woman appear to play a supportive role in the tale but in reality they are the driving force for the narrative. It was also interesting that the boat carrying the cargo of whiskey to America does not make an appearance until quite late in the book.
Brilliant,superb from first to last, draws you in so much so that you feel the drought and the tension,feelings of grief and despair, followed by the joy and sense of relief as plenty abounds,a great story brilliantly narrated by ken stott,contains everything a good story should have,I'm away now to have a wee dram to salute one and all.
"Lovely story, boring reader"
No as the reader ruins the story
Its so sad that the reader is so dull when the story is so wonderful.
Characterless tale, bought on a punt. Now I can't find how to get rid of the thing.
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