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Napa | [James Conaway]

Napa

James Conaway's remarkable bestseller delves into the heart of California's lush and verdant Napa Valley, also known as America's Eden. Long the source of succulent grapes and singular wines, this region is also the setting for the remarkable true saga of the personalities behind the winemaking empires. This is the story of Gallos and Mondavis, of fortunes made and lost, of dynasties and destinies.
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Publisher's Summary

James Conaway's remarkable bestseller delves into the heart of California's lush and verdant Napa Valley, also known as America's Eden. Long the source of succulent grapes and singular wines, this region is also the setting for the remarkable true saga of the personalities behind the winemaking empires. This is the story of Gallos and Mondavis, of fortunes made and lost, of dynasties and destinies.

In this delightful, full-bodied social history, James Conaway charts the rise of a new aristocracy and, in so doing, chronicles the collective ripening of the American dream. More than a wine audiobook, Napa is a must-listen for anyone interested in our country's obsession with money, land, power, and prestige.

©2002 James Conaway; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Narrator John Morgan remains animated and engaged. He doesn't create character voices, but listeners will find scant need for them to identify the sources of quotes. His pace suits the enjoyable stories of locals struggling to survive and migrant laborers seeking a better life. The Spanish, French, and Italian vocabulary of enology taxes him a little but doesn’t spoil his excellent performance." (AudioFile)

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    carolyn United States 04-04-12
    carolyn United States 04-04-12
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    "History of the people and issues that built Napa"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Napa to be better than the print version?

    If audio works for your commute or your walk, this one is very well done.
    James Conaway tells the story of the people and issues that built Napa.
    John Morgan delivers the story with perfection!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tensions between growers and developers, owners and politicians, and locals are all told in vivid detail. Consider the debate about how many grapes are needed to name a wine from Napa ... 75%. Interested tensions in development and preservation of vinyards.
    Brings the issues and successes of the area to life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dirtdoctor 05-16-11
    dirtdoctor 05-16-11

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    "Very interesting story of the progress of Napa"

    I am getting ready to visit Napa again and wanted to become more familiar with the history of Napa, including the cast of characters. I wasn't disappointed. By the way, I think John Morgan is probably the best narrator I have listened to, after listening to numerous books. Sorry Mr. Brick, I have a new favorite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bohemian Bon Vivant San Francisco, CA 08-15-13
    Bohemian Bon Vivant San Francisco, CA 08-15-13

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    "Excellent But Marred by Non-Stop Mispronunciations"
    If you could sum up Napa in three words, what would they be?

    Reader Needs Help


    What did you like best about this story?

    The general overview of the changes in the Napa Valley into the Napa Valley we know today.


    Did John Morgan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It wasn't really necessary in this book since he's narrating, not acting the parts.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, it was just good backstory and overview to the Napa Valley from sleepy little farming valley to internationally acclaimed wine-producing region, including the players who helped to make it that way.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been visiting the Napa Valley regularly since 1983 and am familiar with many of the players in this book and the events being shared here. Unfortunately, the narrator doesn't seem to be from the area, nor familiar with wine, and he constantly mangles the pronunciation of literally almost everything, even nearby towns like Vacaville, famous wines like Petrus, the mansion at Spring Mountain Vineyards (Miravalle, which is pronounced Mihir-uh-vye-ay but that he mangles as Mihr-uh-valle), and so on, even among the famous names that most anyone knows. It's both funny and distracting, but overall the story makes up for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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