Extended Audio Sample

Download The Whiskey Rebels Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Whiskey Rebels (Unabridged) Audiobook, by David Liss
3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5 3.68 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Liss Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 2 votes

Ethan Saunders, once among General Washington's most valued spies, now lives in disgrace, haunting the taverns of Philadelphia. An accusation of treason has long since cost him his reputation and his beloved fiancée, Cynthia Pearson, but at his most desperate moment he is recruited for an unlikely task: finding Cynthia's missing husband.

To help her, Saunders must serve his old enemy, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, who is engaged in a bitter power struggle with political rival Thomas Jefferson over the creation of the fragile young nation's first real financial institution: the Bank of the United States.

Meanwhile, Joan Maycott is a young woman married to another Revolutionary War veteran. With the new states unable to support their ex-soldiers, the Maycotts make a desperate gamble: trade the chance of future payment for the hope of a better life on the western Pennsylvania frontier.

There, amid hardship and deprivation, they find unlikely friendship and a chance for prosperity with a new method of distilling whiskey. But on an isolated frontier, whiskey is more than a drink; it is currency and power, and the Maycotts' success attracts the brutal attention of men in Hamilton's orbit, men who threaten to destroy all Joan holds dear.

As their causes intertwine, Joan and Saunders - both patriots in their own way - find themselves on opposing sides of a daring scheme that will forever change their lives and their new country.The Whiskey Rebels is a superb rendering of a perilous age and a nation nearly torn apart - and David Liss's most powerful novel yet. Download and start listening now!

BK_BRLL_000848

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 2/16/2014

    " I really enjoyed this historical page-turner. Liss uses a great blend of fact and fiction and colorful characters to tell this story of America as a new country. I loved how much of America's early history and the questions of what sort of government we will have still resonate today. I also loved how deeply flawed and complex the two main characters were. It was fascinating the way the author brought to life real historical figures like Alexander Hamilton and George Washington. Oddly, there is a note at the end that says he had to cut Thomas Jefferson from the narrative - not sure the reason for that, maybe his estate objected to the way he was characterized? Still a great read, even without TJ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miss Kate | 2/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed this. The book covers a time-period just post-revolution. It takes place in Philadelphia, New York, and the PA frontier, involving the use of whiskey as currency, and the beginnings of the Bank of the United States. There is a lot of discussion about speculation, and the stock market. I found that a bit convoluted, but still fascinating. Memorable characters, lots of action. I highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew Cauthorn | 2/8/2014

    " Historical fiction Not a great book but an engaging story. Set in the years Geo Washington was president. Paints a picture of the West (at that time--Western Pennsylvania) that was truly brutal. Before reading this book, I hadn't realized how vulnerable early America was an a forming democracy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Uejio | 2/5/2014

    " I like Liss, but this was not his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 2/5/2014

    " No wonder this country and our financial system is what it is today "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aguess | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoy David Liss' historical fiction. He uses rough worldly characters to render tales of finance and politics compelling. This one focuses on Post revolutionary America and the lead up to the Whiskey Rebellion. He uses the contrasting narratives of Ethan Saunders, a fallen revolutionary spy/hero and Joan Maycott, a woman widowed on the Pennsylvania frontier to weave a tale of suspense and intrigue. I think the one fault I find with Liss is that while his good guys are drawn with nuance - conflicts of conscience, substance abuse, etc.. the bad guys are shown no sympathy. They are black hearted villians with no glimmer of redemptive quality. It makes for east resolution - no qualms when they meet a bad end, but not much depth to the narrative. OVerall a good ride with some great characters and insights into an interesting period in the development of our nation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Clulow | 1/20/2014

    " Includes good information about the beginning of the national bank and treasury department mixed into an interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/13/2014

    " Super fun and interesting book. You have to suspend reality for some of the fictional plot developments, but the main characters were entertaining and, overall, it was just a fun book to read. My only warning is that people who have no interest in financial markets might not enjoy this book as much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melisa | 12/29/2013

    " Perfect mix of history and fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 12/25/2013

    " I was thoroughly enjoying this book and then the ending left me flat. Too much violence and a sense of futility. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanna | 12/19/2013

    " Very interesting and educational story about the Whiskey Rebellion and the beginning of the US government. I wasn't entirely clear what happened at the very end--maybe I read it too fast. "

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

    " i've liked all of david liss' other books but i lost interest in this one about halfway through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Macdonald | 11/29/2013

    " Really entertaining and informative. An episode of American history I didn't know about. While I was reading it, a book came across my desk about the Whiskey Rebellion written and published a year or so after the event. Plate of shrimp? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 10/20/2013

    " Great Read !Historial Fiction . Interesting time in US history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle Ford | 9/30/2013

    " Really enjoyed the audiobook .. Very well done "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allison | 12/12/2012

    " Not a terrible book, I just could not get into it. Only got through about 50 pages in a month, so I finally gave up and returned it to the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillian | 12/9/2012

    " ...loads of history... I cared about the characters. I like the format with the back and forth between their stories and the way they ended up intertwined. It finished up a bit too quickly, neat, and tidy and for my tastes. It will stick with me. Would def. recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten McKeown | 8/10/2012

    " I found my new favorite Historical Fiction writer! Fast-paced plots, adorable and sneaky characters. It's not any book that can make me bite my nails and get anxious about post-American Revolution economic experiments and bank stock market scandals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 7/7/2012

    " "There were days when my enemies ate and slept and prospered and advanced their goals, while I did nothing, and in doing nothing I aided them, for that is how it is when faced with evil men. One must either resist or, in varying degrees, collaborate. " "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/24/2012

    " Good historical fiction. Lots of info on economics after the Revolutionary War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Hedrick | 10/12/2011

    " Very interesting book about some aspects of the American Revolution I wasn't aware of. The book is a little hard to get into, but stick with it.Once I got into it, it was fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 10/6/2011

    " The Whiskey Rebels is set in Philadelphia in the time of Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, et al and in western Pennsylvania. I wish there was a sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 6/27/2011

    " Set in post Revolution U.S.
    Great character development and a very good read.
    Thanks to my nephew, Josh, for passing this one on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 6/7/2011

    " The story was well-written, the characters well developed and their backstories believable. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 6/7/2011

    " Some knowledge of stock trading is helpful.

    Picked up speed in second half.

    Switches back and forth between Joan Maycott's (outspoken woman who is married to a war veteran) point of view and Captain Saunder's (disgraced spy). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AmyFlo | 6/6/2011

    " I fell in love with Ethan Saunders from the first chapter. He was such a scoundrel, but he pulled himself together through the course of the story quite admirably and still with an air of charming irreverence.

    Hopefully, he'll be the star of a future Liss novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 5/31/2011

    " This book provides a look at a time in history I knew little about. The characters are interesting and draw you in. But I felt it went on a bit too long. A good read, if not a great one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K | 5/29/2011

    " Another example why I love reading historical fiction "

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

    " What a crazy time in our history. Too bad they don't teach this type of stuff in our history classes, sure is more interesting. An enjoyable audio book with good character development, some insight into the struggles of a new republic and a fun story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristiana | 5/1/2011

    " I got this book for free when I bought my first Sony eReader. I loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 4/25/2011

    " Bar Book Club's May selection. Set in Philadelphia after the Revolutionary War. This was a huge hit with the Bar Book Club. I could not get into it and after 3/4 of the book gave up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boo | 4/12/2011

    " Again with the historical fiction I so enjoy, I really liked this book and found it a learning experience as well as a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 4/10/2011

    " listening to this one. loving it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 3/28/2011

    " Labored through this one for book club. A tedious but somewhat interesting account of the Whiskey Rebellion and life on the western Pennsylvania frontier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/16/2011

    " This is a fabulous book. Exciting, intriguing, fast paced--can't put it down. I recommend it highly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/10/2011

    " Author is fun. Quick wit. Love American history "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanna | 3/3/2011

    " Very interesting and educational story about the Whiskey Rebellion and the beginning of the US government. I wasn't entirely clear what happened at the very end--maybe I read it too fast. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 2/22/2011

    " kinda dis-jointed and repetitive... the time line jumps around a bit, and it takes till about halfway through the book to really get to the point. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author David Liss

David Liss is the author six novels, most recently The Devil’s Company. He has several bestselling novels, including, A Conspiracy of Paper, winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, The Coffee Trader, A Spectacle of Corruption, The Ethical Assassin, and The Whiskey Rebels. In 2008, at the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Bali, Indonesia, he was named an Artist for Integrity by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. No one is really sure why he should receive this honor or what it means, but it very possibly makes him the Bono of historical fiction. David Liss’ novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.