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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1993, The Ultimate Cigar Book has become a classic in its field, and is generally credited with having helped launch the current cigar-smoking craze. It has been reprinted numerous times in the United States, and is now sold worldwide. No other book contains as much detailed and factual information on virtually every facet of cigar making and cigar smoking. Now we present an audio edition of the beloved fourth edition for the audio-loving aficionado of the future! 

Forget 1492. This book starts out in B.C. (Before Columbus) and transports the cigar enthusiast on a fun and fact-filled adventure into virtually every realm of today’s popular and growing cigar-smoking pastime. Written by one of the most knowledgeable and internationally-celebrated pipe and cigar authors of our time, Richard Carleton Hacker’s well-known wit and wisdom will keep the listener enthralled with every minute, as he takes you on an information-packed would tour of cigars. Starting off with a history of cigar smoking, the author then shows us how cigars are made today (handmade, handrolled, and machine-made), divulges the secrets of finding the "perfect" cigar, and discusses the ritual of smoking and how to properly care for and store our cigars. From there the book lists a number of innovative cigar accessories, suggests which beers, wines, whiskeys, brandies, and cognacs go with what cigars, enlightens us with a chapter on cigar-smoking celebrities, and concludes with the world’s first International Compendium of virtually every cigar brand known today, complete with histories and observations on taste, according to the author’s HPH (Highly Prejudiced Hacker-Scale) ratings. If that was not enough, there is even a dictionary of CigarSpeak! 

The Ultimate Cigar Book is the most comprehensive, factual, and up-to-date book for the cigar smoker or for those who just want to learn more about the fascinating and popular world of cigar smoking. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1993, 1996, 2000, 2015 Richard Carleton Hacker (P)2019 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC
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A must for cigar fans

This is an amazing overview of the history of cigars. If you’re a seasoned aficionado or looking to get into cigars, read this.

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LOVED this book!

Fascinating and educational! It is so wonderful to actually learn about the how's and why's of this art form. will definitely reread/relisten.

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Great narration. Some differences from the book

The narration from 1:08:11 to 1:08:52 are completely missing or a significant variation from the book. I just received the book on Tuesday 10/22/2019 and it is "The Ultimate Cigar Book 4th Edition". Up until this point the narration was verbatim.

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excellent information

excellent narrator
give a lot of history and information.
however it focused a lot on one particular area of the cigar world.

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Informative

If you've been a connoisseur or just getting into smoking cigars, this book is for you. The book deep dives into cigars, from how the tobacco is grown, to what leaves on the plant are used for the filler, binder, and wrapper. They also look into cutters, lighters, and humidors. What temp and humidity they should be kept in and what to look for as far as issues with storing your stogies. At the end of the book, it looks at food and libation pairings with different cigars. This book as I stated is VERY informative!

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Informative for Brothers and Sisters of the Leag

This book is certainly worth a listen or read if you are someone who has an interest in cigars. Whether you are new to the community, or someone who had been around the block a few times and would like to learn a few new things through the entertaining and educational presentation given in the book by Mr. Hacker.

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Ultimate Review of Cigars

Gave me a very informative read with a comprehensive understanding of cigar make-up and blend: finishing with a great overview of cigar pairings! Bravo👏

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Solid Cigar Book Very Much Enjoyed this one!

Great book, at some points it seemed to ramble a bit, but overall would definitely recommend to any level of cigar smoker.

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Packed with good information!

Whether you are new to cigars or you’ve been smoking them for fifty years, you will find new and useful information about your favorite smokes here.