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Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts #2020

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts By Julian Rubinstein Ballad of the Whiskey Robber A True Story of Bank Heists Ice Hockey Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling Moonlighting Detectives and Broken Hearts El Leonard meets Franz Kafka in the wild improbably true story of the legendary outlaw of Budapest Attila Ambrus was a gentleman thief a sort of Cary Grant if only Grant came from Transylvania and w
  • Title: Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
  • Author: Julian Rubinstein
  • ISBN: 9780316010733
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts By Julian Rubinstein El Leonard meets Franz Kafka in the wild, improbably true story of the legendary outlaw of Budapest Attila Ambrus was a gentleman thief, a sort of Cary Grant if only Grant came from Transylvania and was a terrible professional hockey goalkeeper During the 1990s, while playing for the biggest hockey team in Budapest, Ambrus took up bank robbery to make ends meet ArrEl Leonard meets Franz Kafka in the wild, improbably true story of the legendary outlaw of Budapest Attila Ambrus was a gentleman thief, a sort of Cary Grant if only Grant came from Transylvania and was a terrible professional hockey goalkeeper During the 1990s, while playing for the biggest hockey team in Budapest, Ambrus took up bank robbery to make ends meet Arrayed against him was perhaps the most incompetent team of crime investigators the Eastern Bloc had ever seen a robbery chief who had learned how to be a detective by watching dubbed Columbo episodes a forensics man who wore top hat and tails on the job and a driver so inept he was known only by a Hungarian word that translates to Mound of Ass Head.Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is the completely bizarre and hysterical story of the crime spree that made a nobody into a somebody, and told a forlorn nation that sometimes the brightest stars come from the blackest holes Julian Rubinstein s bizarre crime story is so odd and so compelling that it is completely irresistible.
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    1. Julian Rubinstein

      Hi Thanks for visiting my page To see of my work, please visit julianrubinsteinFor reviews and info on the book whiskeyrobberIn 2012, Attila Ambrus aka, the Whiskey Robber was released from prison in Hungary I flew over to be with him It was an odd and thrilling and freezing day on the Slovakian border Watch him walk out of prison here videa videok hirek politika Attila is now 45 years old He is one of the most popular living folk heroes in the world He is building a new life as a ceramicist outside Budapest While working on the book, I visited him 14 times in prison In 2007, documentary filmmaker Nina Davenport accompanied me vimeo 30100135Several bands have been inspired to write songs about Attila and his story In Germany, I performed a song I wrote about him, written from his perspective in the prison youtube watch v tRM4kAThe full recording is available through my website Reviews and other info can be found there as well Canada s Globe and Mail called the book an instant classic It was a New York Times Editors Choice It was also the winner of now defunct Borders Original Voices 2004 Book of the Year, and a finalist for the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award Though no update is currently available, Johnny Depp has the film rights and maybe someday there will be a film adaptation.There is an audio cabaret recording available, produced independently by a group of 29 people, including Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Jonathan Ames, Gary Shteyngart The production was named a finalist for the 2007 Audie Award for Best Audio Book of the Year It is available hereon iTunes and Audible.If you d like to link up online or get occasional updates, here are some places to find me Twitter julian_rubinsteFor occasional updates on my work, giveaways and new stories, join the free newsletterIf you are on Facebook, you can show your support for the book and see updates on Attila on theFacebook Fan page.To follow me on FB, subscribe Facebook page or if you introduce yourself, you can friend me there.Thanks again for your interest in my work.

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    1. A true gem This book is the story of real life Hungarian bank robber Attila Ambrus His story alone would be worth five stars even told without flair bank robberies hockey flight to freedom But Rubenstein elevates the already unbelievable events with his masterful telling Ballad is a crime adventure comedy interwoven with slice of life journalism set in the proto kleptocracy that was post Soviet Hungary Truly one of the best books I ve ever read Miraculously, the audiobook performance was even be [...]


    2. Ballad of the Whiskey Robber A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts Budapest, HungaryHungary s most beloved criminal and one of the most memorable, fascinating and likable characters ever written about The whiskey robber was a simple man named Attila Ambrus from a small village in eastern Transylvania, Romania Attila Ambrus got into trouble at a very young age for petty theft In 1988, he illegally crossed Romania s border [...]


    3. He was the main conspirator in dozens of armed robberies in post communist Hungary in the nineties, but the people of Hungary saw Attila Ambrus like this He is the folk hero of Hungary, although he never redistributed his wealth He stole from the state, but did pour the money back into the economy through his luxurious life style Never violent, never intentionally harming a soul, giving the bank tellers flowers and maybe a little flirtation while he was half in the bag, knee walking drunk, Attil [...]



    4. This book is as fun to read as it is enlightening Every once in a while there comes along a person who leads such an unlikely life that it would be impossible to invent them In addition to the story of the protagonist himself, the story of post communist Hungary is a major part of the book as well Everything that you would need to put the life of Attila the whiskey robber in context of the world that he lived in is provided in vivid detail This book would have been fascinating to me even without [...]


    5. The saga of an alcoholic hockey player turned polite bank robber, who became a news sensation and Hungarian national hero by evading the local and international police for so long It s an unbelievable view spoiler why did he insist on hitting the same places multiple times hide spoiler but quite funny story, dragging a little in the middle.


    6. The audio edition of this book is fantastic really a radio comedy drama It is introduced by Attila Ambrus himself, the eponymous Whiskey Robber, as he served time in jail for his string of non violent bank robberies in Budapest in the 1990s The author is the main narrator, with voices supplied by a wildly diverse array of people from comedians Dmetri Martin and Eugene Mirman to author Gary Shteyngart, and music by One Ring Zero.It is the crazy but true story of how Attila, a hapless and basicall [...]


    7. While the title and descriptions will suggest to you that this is a book about a criminal ice hockey goaltender who also was a smuggler and it is, don t you worry it s selling itself short This is a book about postcommunist Hungary, particularly Budapest, and is told with amazing love and care through the lens of one Atilla Ambrus who very well might become your favorite bank robber While Rubinstein does such a good job of describing Hungarian culture and identity to the point that I feel as if [...]


    8. The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber was pitched to our bookclub as a non ficton that reads like fiction I find this to be a very accurate assessment The story is of Attila Ambrus, a young man who immigrates from Romania to Hungary to carve out a new life When he comes to Hungary, he makes his way onto the local semi pro hockey team as both a janitor and a 3rd string goalie Attila struggles to make ends meet until he stumbles across the lucrative profession of pelt smuggling However the pelt smuggli [...]


    9. I have recommended this book times than I can count julian rubinstein writes a page turning history, of a man, a place, and a series of events that proves once again that real life is stranger than fiction THE BEST You ll be in post communist Budapest Hungary Romania during the 1990 s One reviewer said of it I love this book for giving me insight into a country I had little knowledge of Another reviewer said he saw Atilla Ambrus as a doorway to the bigger story, that of the tragedy of the wild [...]


    10. I wasn t expecting this to be this good First, i d never heard of the subject, Atilla Ambrus I was alive and well at the end of the Soviet era and totally into Eastern and Central European stuff how did i miss this story Thank you Julian Rubinstein for making sure it didn t slip by me Second, i was alarmed when i heard the long list of readers at the beginning of the recording Normally i don t go in for that type of audio book, but this was done so incredibly well i want to give this book five s [...]


    11. This debut is the perfect summer read compelling as hell, witty, illuminating, and really unbelievable for a nonfiction title This is the story of Attila Ambrus, who in the 1990 s in Hungary started as the most dedicated and talentless professional hockey goalie in the world, moonlighting first as a Transylvanian pelt smuggler and then as Eastern Europe s most legendary bank robber Filled with incredible details, from his habit of robbing while blisteringly drunk to the ubiquitous corruption bal [...]


    12. Wow A true crime story that reads better than fiction I can see why the country of Hungary fell in love with him The gentleman Whiskey Robber, the folk hero of the masses, Attila Ambrus Full review Ballad of the Whiskey Robber Book Review.


    13. I had no idea that Hungary was considered at one time something like the scourge of Europe, at least I got that impression from reading this Here s a little of the start of the book Hungary has always been unlucky In the approximately eleven hundred years since the handlebar mustachioed Chief rp d rode into the Carpathian basin in 896 and founded Hungary, the country has been plundered so relentlessly that defeat could be considered the national pastime The author then goes on to recount how Hun [...]


    14. This book is totally nuts, in a good way.Imagine if the movie Airplane were instead about a serial bank robber That s the way this true crime story reads Very few times and places had the combination of societal and individual volatility of Eastern Europe in the 1990 s, and author Rubinstein does a good job of convincing the reader that Hungary was the maddest of the mad cap countries freed from the yoke of Soviet style communism.I cannot really discuss much about the characters or the plot with [...]


    15. You just can t make up stuff like this This mesmerizing tale reads like fictional satire, but it s all true With his exquisitely detailed writing, Rubinstein immerses readers into Hungarian culture circa the post Communist 1990s You can tell the author loved delving into this bizarre story, which takes us Westerners into a cubbyhole of the world we rarely see When people talk of the Third World well, Hungary could be described as the Second World not completely backwater but riddled with corrupt [...]


    16. This is quite a complex true tale that Rubinstein briliantly weaves intertwining the corrupt politics of 1990 Hungary, Ice Hockey, Bank heists and just trying to make ends meet month to month paycheck to paycheck or heist to heist I guess that is why it was given the title it was given Don t be overwhelmed by the list of characters provided to you in the beginning of the book It really isn t that hard to remember who is who, due to the fact that as some new characters fade in, others fade out I [...]


    17. Having lived in the neighboring country of Slovakia during this time period and now living in the city of the setting, this was an incredible read to me It brought insight into the culture and thinking of those around me that I had not had before reading it I was also able to relate to much of the atmosphere and ways of the people The author was very accurate in his descriptions of the people, culture, and setting His understanding of the transition from communistic rule to a democratic society [...]


    18. On top of the fact that the story is inherently fascinating and true , the historical, political and social context of the book is thoroughly enjoyable due to the author s dry humor Such humor even helps to express the plight of the post Soviet Hungarian The absurd descriptions of the police force would make the sternest reader smile and the history and politics will interest even the most avid renouncer of history The story and its tone give the reader an overall endearing look at how Budapest [...]


    19. This book was great I don t know which made me laugh , the main character being so drunk when robbing a bank that he slurred his words so badly that the tellers just laughed at him or one of the Keystone Kops chasing him being nicknamed Mound of Assshead All this set against a backdrop of post Communist Hungary trying to adapt to a capitalist economy and a democratic government All in all, an extremely enjoyable read.


    20. Ok, so normally I don t write reviews for got to save the big thoughts for the paying customers But this book is the first I have given a five star rating to It is funny, astonishing, and incredibly reported I read it in absolute awe Julian Rubinstein pulled off something awesome Read it now.


    21. Tragic yet funny This is the amazing true story of how the worst goalie ever to play professional ice hockey discovered that he was a very talented bank robber though he had to get drunk to go through with each heist I listened to the audio version, which is very ambitious and has lots of famous voice actors and sound effects and music.


    22. The subtitle says so much, so truthfully The book promises and delivers We would find it hard to create a unlikely hero or a bizarre, compelling story Post communist implosion and Wild West vigilanteism meet Robin Hood, Zorro, and the Wu Tang Clan.


    23. This book is amazing, it has the makings for a perfect movie I hope they don t do that, but every chapter of this guys life is great Plus, you learn a lot about hungary and what the fall of communism meant on a larger scale than just the berlin wall coming down.


    24. One of the better works of non fiction I ve read recently I highly recommend this book to everyone Just a fun, fast paced read And if Scott is telling the truth, apparently they re making it a movie So it s got that going for it, which is nice.


    25. OMG What a fabulous story This is nonfiction, but it reads like a novel Highly recommend this book Chicky Panther is quite the character


    26. A highly entertaining book that I could not believe was a true story Add a dash of contemporary Hungarian culture, and voila Funny, insightful, and cool A must read for any Hungarian.


    27. When I read the first chapter of this book where the Whiskey Robber escapes from prison I was wondering What the hell am I in for What followed was one of the strangest tale I have ever read Attila arrives in Hungary from Romania in strange circumstances He becomes a professional hockey player he is actually a terrible hockey player which just adds to the strange tale This doesn t pay much so he tries his hand at a few different legal professions grave digger, janitor before starting some illega [...]


    28. Truth is stranger than fiction I know this is the most cliched beginning to any review However, I cant even begin to think how anybody may have cooked up this story, if it wasn t true in the first place Post communism, Hungary was possibly stranger than Oz or even Narnia Attila Ambrus was faced with a simple problem he could be broke or he could be rich And he chose to be rich The bungling adventures of the second string goalie and his friends will keep you entertained till the end The first thr [...]


    29. A real life story that seems like a Coen Brothers movie Johnny Depp has optioned this book, but nothing s been produced yet this is a shame Rubinstein sympathetically chronicles the prolific but small time bank robber in post communist Hungary, Attila The Whiskey Robber Ambrus, who hits up banks while not moonlighting as a terrible backup goalie for a hard luck Hungarian hockey team Well written with vivid characters, including the clever but self destructive Ambrus, an array of varying competen [...]


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