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Very intriguing story! Enjoyed the comparison to Jay Gatsby and insight into the world of rare wine trading.
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I think more information about the international money-laundering efforts by the family would have been a little bit more interesting.
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Having watched the "Sour Grapes"
movie about this fraud case I was itching to learn more detail about how Rudy Kurniawan pulled off such a con. And how he was caught.
There is a little too much back story for me - lots of detail and stories about Burgundian winemaking families that I wasn't too interested in (and skipping an audiobook is harder than a physical copy). I think I was 2 hours in before Rudy fully enters the frame.
It is let down by the narrator - could he not have got a bit more help with the French words? I am studying for a wine qualification and was taking notes but I struggled to grasp some of the names (vineyards and villages) in the book. Actually I struggled with some and was just plain irritated by others! It's not Clos Sonn Denis, It's not Chamberton!
However it is still an engaging true story if you are interested in wine and crime!