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Robert

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  • Young Al Capone: The Untold Story of Scarface in New York, 1899-1925

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Balsamo, William Balsamo
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Many people are familiar with the story of Al Capone, the legendary Chicago gangster best known for orchestrating the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. But few are aware that Capone’s remarkable story began in the Navy Yard section of Brooklyn, New York. Tutored by the likes of infamous mobsters Johnny Torrio and Frankie Yale, young Capone’s disquieting demeanor, combined with the “technical advice” he learned from these shady teachers, contributed to the molding of a brutal criminal....

    Robert says: "A great tale of his youth, when Alcatraz bound"
    "A great tale of his youth, when Alcatraz bound"
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    What made the experience of listening to Young Al Capone the most enjoyable?

    The history of early New York


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was dramatic but rang true.


    What about Daniel May’s performance did you like?

    Excellent good tone and a touch of accent


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "And so, on to Alcatraz"


    Any additional comments?

    I am Australian but have visited Alcatraz many times, my work took me to Chicago so would like to read any novel of his later life in the Windy City

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zimmermann Telegram

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (198)

    In the dark winter of 1917, as World War I was deadlocked, Britain knew that Europe could be saved only if the United States joined the war. But President Wilson remained unshakable in his neutrality. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel America into the war came into a quiet British office. One of countless messages intercepted by the crack team of British decoders, the Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message from Berlin inviting Mexico to join Japan in an invasion of the United States.

    Mike From Mesa says: "US entry to World War I"
    "A clear explanation of a very involved plot"
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    Would you listen to The Zimmermann Telegram again? Why?

    No, but only because the explanation is so lucid, a rereading would be unnecessary, it covers all the politics relevant to the American entry in the First World War


    What other book might you compare The Zimmermann Telegram to and why?

    "The Guns of August" also by Barbara W Tuchman, which covers the events of August 1914 prior to and during WW1


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Beautiful clear diction.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No,as it was not that kind of book


    Any additional comments?

    I would read all the historic works by Barbara W Tuchman both for her detailed research and clarity of explanation

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (92)

    By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

    Elena says: "As good as the Wolf Hall"
    "A worthu sequel to Wolfhall"
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    If you could sum up Bring Up the Bodies in three words, what would they be?

    Accurate Fascinating Exciting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bring Up the Bodies?

    Execution of Anne Bolyn


    Which scene was your favorite?

    First meeting with the jester who plays an old beggar and tricks Cromwell to employ him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it is a great read, particularly as there will be a further book in the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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