Also by this author: The King, The Virgin, The Queen, The Queen (The Original Sinners: White Years, #4), The Confessions, The Bourbon Thief, The Night Mark, The Red, Michael's Wings: An Original Sinners Collection, The Lucky Ones, The Chateau (The Original Sinners, #9), The Rose, Winter Tales, The Priest (The Original Sinners, #9), The Pearl (The Godwicks, #3)
Published by Harlequin Audio, MIRA on June 28th 2016
Genres: Literary Fiction
From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of betrayal, revenge and a family scandal that bore a 150-year-old mystery
When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it's property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.
In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.
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I had no idea what to expect when I began listening to the audio version of The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz. Having already read and reviewed the ARC, I knew the story. I knew how it would end, and I also knew it could be a beginning if the author chooses for it to be. ? What I didn’t know was how this work would translate into audio format and how the narrator would perform the author’s words. To read my full review, click on the link above. I consider today’s review more of an addendum to cover the narrator’s performance.
Because I loved the book so much, I truly wanted to love the audio version. This was my first experience with Kim Staunton who is an experienced actress and who has also narrated a number of audiobooks. I went on instant alert, however, when she mispronounced the author’s name in the opening credits. This is one of those errors that just shouldn’t happen and for which the publisher must be held accountable because it took me awhile to stop listening for errors, and that isn’t fair to the narrator. There is a lot of dialogue in The Bourbon Thief. This has to be a challenge for any narrator, and there was a time or two when it was hard for me to follow because the characters speaking didn’t have distinctive voices. My opinion, overall, is that Ms. Staunton is the right choice for this book. She was totally believable as both the slave Veritas, the temptress Paris, and the innocent Tamara whose lives are tied together by a common thread, a Red Thread. Her tone and cadence lent authenticity to the Southern voices and particularly the voice of Bowen Berry. It had just the right touch of the Gullah/Geechee inflection heard in the South Carolina Low Country where I was born and raised.
I think readers who loved the book will love this audio version. And if you haven’t read the book, then you would do well to treat yourself to the audiobook. The voice of Kim Staunton will bring the story to life for you while evoking images of Kentucky horse farms, Carolina beaches and swamp lands with their moss-laden trees, and the smooth taste of expensive bourbon. As with every book I’ve ever read by Tiffany Reisz, I find something new in each re-reading and The Bourbon Thief is no exception. I have no doubt Paris Shelby has more to tell us! A lot more!?