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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (70 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard DeVoto Narrator: John Greenman Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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One part celebration, one part history, two parts manifesto, Bernard DeVoto's The Hour is a comic and unequivocal treatise on how and why we drink - properly. The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award - winning author turns his shrewd wit on the spirits and attitudes that cause his stomach to turn and his eyes to roll (Warning: this book is NOT for rum drinkers). DeVoto instructs his readers on how to drink like gentlemen and sheds new light on the simple joys of the cocktail hour. With an introduction by Daniel Handler.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 1/16/2014

    " A Pulitzer Prize winning historian tells you why straight whiskey and the dry martini are the only true cocktails, and the great American invention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd Rongstad | 12/30/2013

    " If you ever decide to become a drinker, this is the book to tell you how to proceed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Tuzuner | 12/11/2013

    " DeVoto's language and devout seriousness to a proper cocktail is sure to put a smile on your face. He is unintentionally hilarious with his severe pronouncements and character assassinations for the more prosaic of drink requests. A fun, informative read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 12/3/2013

    " This is the one I read, not the other, although it is on my list to read. This is the one in which he's trying to be Thurber, and it's dated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 9/13/2013

    " Short and to the point, but not short enough and the point was not really worth making. As a 500 word New Yorker "shouts and murmurs" humor piece, a smile. As a book, a yawn. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melody | 7/16/2013

    " I picked this up on vacation because it looked amusing. And there were a few hilarious lines but most of it was sexist or boring or both. DeVoto believed in only one cocktail, the gin martini, and everything else is anathema. There, now you needn't read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 6/4/2013

    " You will never again look at a Martini or think of rum the same way. Wonderfully entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bekah | 5/27/2013

    " I received this as a Firstreads giveaway. It was an enjoyable taste of history, but was not particularly memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent | 10/11/2012

    " Hilarious! It's good to know I'm an honest drinker. Chapters 1 and 2 are the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 5/18/2011

    " Is DeVoto's The Hour sexist? Yes. Is it classist? Oh my, yes. It may or may not be the snootiest thing ever written, and in that it's kind of hilarious. I want to believe that DeVoto's nose was in the air literally the entire time he was writing, which I'm sure made operating a typewriter difficult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 4/2/2011

    " Overall, mostly interesting as an artifact of its time.

    I'm interested in this because it was written by noted American historian Bernard DeVoto, the husband of Avis DeVoto who helped Julia Child publish her first book.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 2/19/2011

    " Short and to the point, but not short enough and the point was not really worth making. As a 500 word New Yorker "shouts and murmurs" humor piece, a smile. As a book, a yawn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 1/28/2011

    " If you ever decide to become a drinker, this is the book to tell you how to proceed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 12/31/2010

    " This is the one I read, not the other, although it is on my list to read. This is the one in which he's trying to be Thurber, and it's dated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendra | 6/2/2010

    " I received this book from the Goodreads giveaways, but it just wasn't my taste in books... It was a very quick read and worth the hour or less to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athena | 6/1/2010

    " Delightful book. Even though he insults rum right and left, as well as many other drinks, DeVoto makes you feel like one of the chosen by sharing his view of the cocktail hour.

    I've won a copy of this book on First Reads and it sounds highly entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellin | 5/31/2010

    " I won this book from Goodreads so I'm sorry to say I didn't care for it. The original copyright is 1948. It seems like it would fit right in on Mad Men but it was hard to enjoy in 2010. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 10/14/2007

    " A Pulitzer Prize winning historian tells you why straight whiskey and the dry martini are the only true cocktails, and the great American invention.



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