Whiskey Women

  • by Fred Minnick
  • Narrated by James Killavey
  • 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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.

Any additional comments?

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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- Tracy


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.

Any additional comments?

Never lost my interest ... very enjoyable.

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- Allisan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-27-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks