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Publisher's Summary

Without women, whiskey may not exist. In Whiskey Women, Wall Street Journal-best-selling author Fred Minnick tells the tales of women who have created this industry, from Mesopotamia's first beer brewers and distillers to America's rough-and-tough bootleggers during Prohibition. Women have long distilled, marketed, and owned spirits companies. These strong women built many iconic brands, including Bushmills, Laphroaig, and Maker's Mark. Until now their stories have remained untold.

©2013 Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Fred Minnick shows us how the fairer sex established liquor techniques, culture, and tastes as we know it today." (Esquire.com)
"This enjoyable book leaves readers feeling a way they're likely not accustomed to after such a wild, whiskey-soaked ride: enlightened." ( American Way Magazine)
" Whiskey Women is an entertaining and unexpected look at the role of women in the spirits industry. They were an integral part of this history and I'm delighted their story is finally being told." (Southern Foodways Alliance)

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Women should be proud of this.

If you could sum up Whiskey Women in three words, what would they be?

Perseverance, Creativity, Intelligence

What did you like best about this story?

Great listen. Really interesting. We should learn to appreciate the contributions women have made throughout history in keeping their families fed and dealing with adversity. We should be proud of ourselves and them.

Have you listened to any of James Killavey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Reading was fine. Just right for this kind of book.

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

Lots of them, actually.

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History but...very interesting history. Went way back to the beginning of whiskey production then up to prohibition and after and finally to the present.

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What made the experience of listening to Whiskey Women the most enjoyable?

Credit given to the remarkable input of women to all phases of whiskey making..types, labeling, defeating prohibition. Women power in a place I knew nothing about.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Whiskey Women?

Some of the stories about women bootlegging during prohibition were hysterical.

Have you listened to any of James Killavey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the third book of his that I'd heard. I like his style, especially for this type of book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No...much too long.

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Never lost my interest ... very enjoyable.

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Entertaining and Enlightening

What did you love best about Whiskey Women?

I got this because I'm a whiskey drinker but really don't know much about it and was curious. It turned out to be a great book on many levels. Not only answered all my questions about "whiskey history," but also gives women their due in a lively and entertaining book. My whimsical way of picking audiobooks does not always work..this time, though, I got a winner.

What about James Killavey’s performance did you like?

He was fine. slight East Coast accent but that actually added to the "flavor" of the book...pardon the pun. :)

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Very interesting

If you could sum up Whiskey Women in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, informative, good

Who was your favorite character and why?

non-fiction

Which scene was your favorite?

This was a history so...all of it was interesting.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Title is fine but it would have to be a documentary.

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Reader was quite good. Some of the pronunciations were tough and, as far as I could tell, he got them all.

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Good info and well done

What did you like best about this story?

Found the "history of whiskey" fascinating.

Have you listened to any of James Killavey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He's good. In fact, I got this because I had just finished "Wheels Stop" and I liked him as the narrator of that book

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Not just for women. Really, really interesting book...if you like history.

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Would you listen to Whiskey Women again? Why?

Maybe...at some point in the future.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were a few stories that made me laugh.

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This reader is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. He's quite good.

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Title oversell it a bit

If I were expecting merely a history of women in the whiskey industry, this book would have fit the bill just fine. There are many interesting stories of women's unique challenges in this industry. However, after listening to the entire book, I could detect no story of how we supposedly "saved" bourbon, Scotch, or Irish whiskey.

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Yikes! The narrator was awful.

I will try it on paper. I could not listen to him. I was so looking forward to the story.

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Awful narration!

This may well be a fantastic book, but the narration absolutely ruined my experience and I ultimately stopped listening.

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Is this narrator mocking the book?

I was so excited for this book. What a major disappointment. The narration is so painful. I can’t believe this made it through any review process. I had to stop listening by chapter five. The actual story was intriguing but I’ll have to finish it in paper form, at a later date.

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  • Alan
  • 03-02-21

Audible waterboarding. Who picked this narrator?

I downloaded this as an Audible title and listened to about a minute before I had to switch it off due to the irritating voice of the narrator. I would liken it to the scene in Jaws when Robert Shaw draws his nails down the blackboard. "I'll read this book for you, but it ain't gonna be easy"
Note to self, check the sample first in future.
I will pick up a print version of the book as I am sure the story is worth knowing.
As for the narrator, maybe he could get a gig making sound torture tapes for the CIA.

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  • julie cassidy
  • 08-31-19

terrible narrator

Its a fascinating story, but the terrible narration makes it hard to listen too. shame.

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  • Frida
  • 08-18-19

Good book but not a fan of the narrator

I loved learning about women in whisky throughout history. I highly recommend this book!

The narrator had quite a sing-songy voice and a very American accent and he did not know how to pronounce many of the Scottish distilleries.