In 13 chapters Paul Mullin mixes up a potent cocktail of working, drinking, family and Zen.
It all starts - where else? - at the Starting Gate: a shit-kicker country bar in Northern Maryland where the author first started working at the age of 13, and where his boss once shot a man dead for trying to rob the local drug store. Other jobs follow, like when he works as the only white kid on an all-black labor crew at the National Archives, or the years he spends as a high-rise window cleaner in Manhattan.
An essential primer for anyone interested in Zen and/or cocktails, or for anyone who enjoys a good story as if told from the next barstool over.
Performance including accents of certain characters was excellent
Story is a misnomer, this really is a cocktail of a of autobiographical stories, worldview and no shortage of opinions. Overall flow was compelling though some further refinement could have been applied to sections on bar etiquette and Zen experiences.
Overall, a truly unique listen very much worth the time spent.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I really liked this book. I am female, and while I was listening to the book, I kept thinking what a great listen it would be for some men. Mullins has some amusing stories to tell. As long as the man in your life doesn't mind a little cussing and likes to drink, I think it would make a great gift.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked how it kept my attention. He's got some good stories to tell.
Which character – as performed by Paul Mullin – was your favorite?
Mullin did a great job reading it. As I've gotten a bit older (50s), I have come to enjoy listening to audible books, because my eyes don't lend themselves well to long reading periods. He's quite a good narrator, which I would expect, since he endeavored to have an acting career at one point. I always like when authors read their own works, although sometimes it doesn't always work as well as it did here.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I like his nostalgic bent and the feelings that evokes when I'm in the mood for it.