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Ballad of the Whiskey Robber
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts | Julian Rubinstein
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Follows the misadventures of Budapest bank robber Attila Ambrus, who struggled in his pursuit of women and a career as an untalented hockey goaltender before taking up crime, and profiles the investigators assigned to his case.
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AvidReader25
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Sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction. This crazy account of a real life bank robber in Hungary in the ‘90s is hilarious, well written, and hard to believe. Budapest is one of my favorite cities I‘ve visited, so reading about its history was a treat for me. So much changed in the ‘90s as it came out from under communist rule and life was certainly not easy. Between the history and the bank robberies, this one was very entertaining.

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Sapphire
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I am not sure how this came across my radar as I am not much of a true crime reader, but this was fascinating. Modern history too. Interesting author/journalist as well.

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In the 1990s, while playing for the biggest hockey team in Budapest, Ambrus took up bank robbery to make ends meet. Enter 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.

BookNAround This was supposed to be a book club read for my summer book club this past summer but since we didn‘t end up meeting, I never did manage to read it. 1y
suvata @BookNAround You may want to read it anyway — it‘s pretty humorous 1y
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This is one of those unbelievable real life tales: Attila Ambrus' life in post-communist Budapest as Zamboni operator/hockey goalie/landlord/bank robber. I don't know if it was the book, or the fact that over the past few months I've read some of the best nf of my life, but I had a little bit of trouble focusing on this one. Rubinstein isn't as great of a writer as Preston, Guin or Grann, but he can tell an interesting story.

BookishTrish I read this when it first came out and have been trying to remember the title for months now! So glad you read this! 2y
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Libby1 I visited Budapest 2 years ago and it was magnificent. I was only there for a very short time, but I definitely didn‘t pick up any pessimism at the time. It felt like a happy place. I hope things have changed for the better, but maybe I was just being obtuse at the time! 2y
paulfrankspencer My sister studied there and loved it. I visited her and loved it. Seems like a nice place now. 2y
vivastory @Libby1 @paulfrankspencer I would love to visit Budapest. I'm sure it's a far cry from the post-communist free market cash grab capitalism that this book talks about. 2y
Libby1 @vivastory - it seems to have recovered really well. We were in Romania the following year and the legacy of communism felt much more heavy there. 2y
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Pam.Kokomo
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True Crime. The audiobook was delightful!

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Meet Attila Ambrus aka the Whiskey Robber a hockey goalie come pelt smuggler come bank robber in 1990s Hungary. The later half of the book gets a little repetitive as he just keeps robbing banks with ridiculous ease. His story is a hilariously insane but the book sort of ends in a down mood.

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I finally got a copy of this book. It is so hard to believe that everything happened for real. I had a hard time putting the book down. After I was finished I had to follow up to see if Atilla ever got released. #reality #2017christyread

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A great Dollar Tree #bookhaul

Hollie Oooh these look good! 4y
RealBooks4ever Ballad of The Whiskey Robber is fabulous! 💜 I highly recommend it! 4y
vivastory @Hollie I'm very pleased with them 4y
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vivastory @RealBooks4ever I'd never heard of it before. It sounds bonkers 4y
Librariana I need to swing by Dollar Tree more often! 4y
vivastory @Librariana I almost didn't bother as I was there just a few weeks ago and didn't think the stock would be replenished. Glad I did! 4y
britt_brooke Nice! I always strike out when I check ours. 4y
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Tamra
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Hockey, bank robbery, Hungary in the 90s......doesn't seem like my thing but it came highly recommended. Why not?

Tamra I tried. I enjoyed the history bits, but I felt bogged down by the details. 5y
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diovival
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#aprilbookshowers Day21: #subtitles
I noticed a trend right away. All the chewiest subtitles were on my nonfiction books. Behold the longest subtitle on my shelf:

A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts

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RealLifeReading Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling? 5y
LeslieO Yes. You had me at Transylvanian Pelt smuggling. 5y
diovival @RealLifeReading everybody's gotta make a living 😂😂 5y
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MeJeMiller
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I love this book because of Hungary. I lived there for about a year. I walked the same streets, the picture is of forints he would have stolen. There is a decent amount of history in this and I don't think everyone would like this book. It is a good book and worthy to be read if you're into true stories. Even if I hadn't lived there I think this book was interesting. This book did call my heart back to Hungary. Boldog új évet.(Happy new year)