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Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

By: Julian Rubinstein
Narrated by: Eric Bogosian,Demetri Martin,Tommy Ramone,Jonathan Ames,Gary Shteyngart,Arthur Phillips,Darin Strauss,Samantha Power,Hachette Assorted Authors
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Publisher's Summary

The radio cabaret style performance of this award-winning book features Eric Bogosian, The Daily Show's Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, writer/performer Jonathan Ames, bestselling writers Gary Shteyngart, Arthur Phillips, and Darin Strauss and Pulitzer-Prize winner Samantha Power. With music by One Ring Zero.

Winner of Borders "Original Voices" Book of the Year and a New York Times Editors' Choice, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

Welcome to Julian Rubinstein's uproariously funny and unforgettable account of crime in the heart of the new Europe. Part Unbearable Lightness of Being, part Pink Panther, and part Slap Shot, Rubinstein's tale is a spectacular literary debut - and a story so outrageous that it could only be true.

©2004 Julian Rubinstein (P)2006 Time Warner AudioBooks, a division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Achievement in Production, 2007

"Must be heard to be believed." (The Onion)
"Offers that simple pleasure, a great story." (Esquire)
"Outrageously entertaining." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Rubinstein has found a story of the sort that would make even the most dry-mouthed journalist slobber. Sometimes sad, often hilarious and always absurd." (The New York Times)

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DUH

couldn't stop listening (or laughing), fun, fun, book. it will make root for the underdog.

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Funniest book EVER

The author/narrator is fantastic. I listened to this book three times and am still intrigued!! I'm scanning audible weekly for new Julian Rubenstein books.

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Fantastic

I loved this book. It was excellent on three levels, maybe more:

1. The bare facts of the story are wild and entertaining. You gotta love Attila.

2. The writing was superb. Julian Rubenstein has an understated writing style that allows the events and characters to speak for themselves. I'm tempted to track down some of his sports writing just to enjoy the prose.

3. The reading and production actually enhanced the already great writing. I think it was the author himself who was the main narrator--if so, he might want to consider switching careers. He's a lot more enjoyable to listen to than some voice actors I've heard. The occasional interjections of dialogue by other voices took a bit of getting used to, but I ended up loving that as well.

Highly recommended.

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Truth is better than fiction

I loved this story. Each time I found myself thinking, "This is too farfetched," I remembered that it's actually a true story! The reader is great and even the music, which I usually find distracting, is very professional and adds to the feel of the story.

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liked it

This was a thoroughly enjoyable "lite" read. I liked that different people spoke their parts. Quiky and fun book! It made me want to visit Hungary, and Romania...

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Everything an audibook should be

I cannot recommend listening to this book enough. The story is very interesting but the varied voice acting, integration of music, etc make this an all around great, highly entertaining experience!

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Hungarian history and a good story to boot

The tale is a good one, one that has its environs in a society under turmoil. If there was ever a case for someone to commit a crime the Whiskey Robber's modus operandi should be followed. The Whisky Robber was a man who became a modern-day folklore hero in two countries because the socio-economic conditions of a post-communist country warrants a man taking the banks, the wealthy, and the government to task with grace. I enjoyed the inclusion of familiar political figures, such as Al Gore. A fantastic look into Hungary’s recent past. Rubinstein was spot on in taking the reader through the complicated times of an unemployed professional hockey player. It makes one think… what would I do in this situation? I recommend this to anyone who wants a well-written view into another world.

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Wonderfully offbeat satire!

This book is fun, quirky, intelligent, and touching. The narration adds surprise, authenticity, and silliness. The book might not be for everyone, but will be a favorite for those who like satire and oddball characters.

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wonderful "read"

actor portrayal made the impact allowing us to "see" the characters and each scene. carried us along throughout.

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Interesting

If you could sum up Ballad of the Whiskey Robber in three words, what would they be?

The cast does an amazing job of bringing this book to life. I definitely recommend this one.

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  • Daniela
  • 02-19-21

AMAZING!

This is undoubtedly the best audiobook you will ever listen to. I've listened to it more times than you can imagine and even got myself a copy of the now out of print book and read it many times too. I cant praise Rubinstein's storytelling enough and as for the whiskey robber, well I don't even know what to say

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  • Áine Breen
  • 06-29-20

Told adequately

cracking true story. This book has been a great find. Story told in an unique way.

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  • Andrew Agoston-Jones
  • 05-05-16

Amazing and gripping then you realise it's all true

You read this book and yes it takes a couple of chapters to get going , but once the action begins you really fear for him and laugh out loud at points too. The voices add to the story as well

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-20-22

A rollercoaster.

in the beginning I questioned my choice, but very quickly I was absorbed and it is a cracker! A well narrated and very funny rollercoaster ride with the daft, but entirely captivating, Attila.
With a dodgy wig and many a bottle of Whisky later, what could possibly go wrong!
Cudos to Julian Rubinstein - a rediculous true tale, very well told!

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  • Sergiu Pobereznic (author)
  • 12-11-16

brilliant.!!!!

loved it from start to finish. can't say any more than that. buy it and see