63 years old-retired-hate winters-like growing potatoes-ride a Harley-built a couple of electric bicycles-vietnam vet-like audible
A good story with very revealing details. There is a strong projection of reality-that is to say-smell the dirty unwashed bodies in a car traveling in the heat of Texas. There is double cross and loyalty. There is out right murder by the law and criminal alike. Very rarely dull. A study in poor people in a poor state in a poor time in history. I found myself wishing for a happier ending but knew better. This is a straight story of violent crime with the folklore left out. I found it amazing just how little money they stole and how they didn't put any of the loot aside for a rainy day or hit the big score and quit. And the asenal they carried is very impressive if you happened to know just what those weapons can do. Good book. Well read. I don't regret buying the book...
This book offers a refreshingly unbiased and detailed account of Bonnie and Clyde. I particularly appreciated the added historical customs, etiquette, and other information that we would not be aware of today, for example, the importance of Bonnie’s cigar, the consequences of life in the depression, and the way the law was carried out at the time. However, the narrator was a bit distracting for me. I don’t know if it is a speech impediment or just a particular jargon, but I often lost myself imagining a poor bumbling lawman being held hostage by Bonnie and Clyde, forcing him at gunpoint to read the “true account” while giggling and popping marbles into his mouth. The book is definitely good enough to get past this, and I still extremely enjoyed the author’s in-depth look at this thrilling infamous story.
I enjoyed this book very much. All of the detailed research made for a great and attention holding listen. I found it interesting to know the story behind the legend of Bonnie and Clyde. There were so many people who played prominent parts in their saga and those people are as interesting as the couple. I recommend it for anyone. My only complaint was with how the narrator pronounced some words and I found it distracting. However, that is not a reason to avoid this wildly interesting tale.
I really liked the material in the book! Having grown up in that area, it was interesting to hear about the Bonnie & Clyde era (which pre-dated me by a number of years - but my parents/grandparents might have known some of these people!) Lots of good (factual?) material. The author really did a lot of homework. There were some speculative elements that may have been passed off as fact - but the story really didn't seem to be hinged on those points - - they were mostly used as filler data to bridge known (and documented) facts.
NOW, my real (and only) problem with the audiobook - the narration. For 16 1/2 hrs, the listener endures the narrators fairly-strong speech impediment! At first, I thought I could be the understanding listener, and "get past it" - but after the first half-dozen hours, it just wears you down! I liked the tone/tempo/quality of the narrator's voice - overall...except for that darned lisp-like impediment. It's all focused around "s"-sounding letters - sometimes in the middle of words, and sometimes at the end (and some "th" and "z" sounds get hammered a bit, too). Still, I can handle that! I'm a really tolerant listener!!! Yet, it was the flipping inconsistency of those "mis-speaks" that killed me! Perhaps when the reader was fresh (new to a recording session), the problem wasn't as noticeable. But, (as he tired?) eventually the lisp (?) reappeared - even on words that had previously been pronounced correctly (or, perhaps, less-impinged?). It was almost like the reader bit his tongue (had tongue surgery?) during the recording sessions, and it became more swollen or sensitive the more he read. This was MASSIVELY distracting. I had to replay MANY passage!!!
Still, I managed to finish - the story is that compelling. Sure, we know they're going to die (no spoiler there - everybody knows that ending!), and most people even know HOW they died. But, it's the myriad details that keep it intriguing and fun! Still, buyer beware!
After listening to this book, I am very surprised that the "real" story has not been told at the theater. The Warren Beatty movie is not as exciting at the true story. I can only think that they did not have enough of the facts presented in this book at the time. Very well written and the narrative was very good as well.
A lisp ?? really ??
I love my audio books and this story was a great one it was well researched however, all through the first half of the book I thought maybe there was a place called Dallath back in the day, since that was what I was hearing over and over again. Mr. Hogan should never narrate a book again. Forgive my being blunt but these things cost a lot of money.
This is a well researched and well written story of two young people who never really learned what life was about. They forged their own way in a criminal and totally unforgivable life style, yet it was totally fascinating. They earned what they got, an obliterating death, but how they got there is an absorbing story. I listened to this book, and then turned right around and listened to it again....and I might just listen to it a third tme. I also went out and bought the book. I am a truck driver and I travel the same kind of miles that Clyde Barrow drove back in the 30's. but I drive them on good roads...well mostly good roads.... It is an amazing story, and you almost wish it could end differently, but it does end...with the well earned death of two very young people. I do believe that this is the true story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.
I usually don't write reviews but I have noticed that the narrator of Go Down Together has the annoying habit of dropping the "s" at the end of words that are clearly plural in the context. I started noticing it early in my listening to the recording and it seemed to become more pronounced as the book went on. Other than this, I find Mr. Hogan narration to be very good. He has a pleasant voice and ennunciates well (which is probably why dropping the "s" is so noticeable). I have nothing but praise for the book itself. It is well researched, well written and extremely interesting. I thought I knew a lot about Bonnie and Clyde until I read this book. It was almost a daily account of their lives. It is an amazing accomplishment.
Great story, well told, very exciting, good research, marvelous details, good job! Guinn has an interesting habit of referring to his main characters as "Clyde & Bonnie," which keeps you on your toes and positions them correctly - this IS Clyde's show; Bonnie really is just along for the ride. And you really get to know - and sympathize with - those characters - Bonnie moreso than Clyde. Im fact, I felt like Guinn wasn't quite able to get inside Clyde's head as much as other characters' heads in general - most notably his mother's, his sisters', his father's, and Bonnie's mother's & sister's.
At one point, during back-to-back shootouts, I had to put my iPod down suddenly - it was too intense! Had to catch my breath, let my blood pressure come back to earth!
There is not a thing wrong with the narration, it's great. Hogan's delivery has sort of the quality of a 1930's radio narrator, just enough feeling that it's not flat, but essentially emotionally detached. In my opinion, it enhances the story - "just the facts, ma'am."
You WILL be googling Bonnie & Clyde - or Clyde & Bonnie - while listening to this story! (The final ambush scene from the 1967 movie is on youtube. <wink>)
Packed full of information of litte known facts. I have been reading about Bonnie and Clyde for fifty years and learned more from this book than any other book I have read.