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Max Watman's tale of the world of moonshine then and now is dripping with enthusiasm and energy. His effortless transitions between, and beautiful portrayals of personal experience, historical narrative, and technical analysis kept me with my headphones tucked in my ears with no regard for personal safety or socially acceptable standards of behavior. It is a testament to his artistry that the work keeps the listener rapt despite significant recording issues. While most productions have a noise gate that will keep the listener from having to listen to distracting in-breathing and page flipping, this sounds as if it was recorded without the benefit of an engineer, especially during the few times in which a mistake and rereading wasn't cut out. Despite these issues, well worth a purchase. I will be reading more Max Watman!
What made the experience of listening to Chasing the White Dog the most enjoyable?
I liked the writing style. Max Watman did an excellent job of telling the stories in the book.
Which scene was your favorite?
When he brewed his own moonshine
Any additional comments?
The upside is the great story telling, the downside for me was when the book wandered from adventures to a history lesson. I wanted more adventure, more close calls with the police, more of what's it really like to work on a still site or something of that nature. While the history of moonshine goes back to the 1700's, that stuff is ancient history to me, and I thought too much of the book focused on that history and the history of NASCAR. I wished Max was out in the woods making illegal brew or something exciting, but it seems like he kept himself at a distance somewhat. I know that it might not be possible to get that involved in an illegal operation, but that's the juice of this sort of book. Sorry for the rant, but I felt like it had to be said.
Other than my rant above, I loved the book and have not found anything quite like it. If you want to get a historical perspective from yesterday to present day, then this book is excellent. If you want outrageous adventure, then this book is rather tame.