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Patrick King

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  • Vegas and the Mob

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Al W. Moe
    • Narrated By Jason Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
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    (38)
    Story
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    Las Vegas was the Mob's greatest venture and most spectacular success, and through 40 years of frenzy, murder, deceit, scams, and skimming, the FBI listened on phone taps and did virtually nothing to stop the fun. This is the truth about the Mob's control of the casinos in Vegas like you've never heard it before, from start to finish.

    Patrick King says: "From Bugsy to Binion"
    "From Bugsy to Binion"
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    Would you try another book from Al W. Moe and/or Jason Sullivan?

    Sure, but Jason Sullivan has to do research when he reads a book the subject of which he knows nothing about. There have to be conservatively 12 documentaries about organized crime and Las Vegas he could watch to get the right pronunciation of proper names.

    Mr. Moe could eliminate all his sarcasm with benefit. It is not especially amusing to the reader and serves mainly to undermine the journalistic integrity of his prose. I would also like to see a source bibliography. For example Al Moe appears to take it for granted that the urban legend that Joseph Kennedy was a "bootlegger" has substance. Kennedy passed the senate Republicans vetting exam twice when he became Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and again when he became Ambassador to Great Britain. There is no way those Republicans would have signed off on him had there been even a suggestion that he was involved in the manufacturing or distribution of illegal alcohol during prohibition. Where does Mr. Moe verify his statements and how does he think Kennedy got around those Republican senators? THAT would be a story!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I learned a lot about the history of Ben Binion and his criminal associates. This is also the first time I learned how ineffective Howard Hughes was in rebuilding Las Vegas.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jason Sullivan?

    Mr. Sullivan has a pleasant enough voice and is a good reader. Unfortunately he apparently believes he can get away with guessing at the pronunciations. Kefauver is pronounced KEEF-offer, NOT kifever. Meyer Lansky's first name is pronounced MY-yor NOT Mayor. Raymond Patriarca's last name is pronounced Pat-ri-AR-ka, NOT Patricka. The mispronunciation of Kefauver made me cringe every time he did it and he did it a lot.


    Do you think Vegas and the Mob needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Hopefully it does not. Only time can tell us this.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I enjoyed the book. It fit in well with other books I've read about these people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alison Arngrim
    • Narrated By Alison Arngrim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
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    (39)
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    Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is Alison Arngrim's comic memoir of growing up as one of television's most memorable characters - the devious Nellie Oleson on the hit television show Little House on the Prairie. With behind-the-scenes stories from the set, as well as tales from her bohemian upbringing in West Hollywood and her headline-making advocacy work on behalf of HIV awareness and abused children, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is a must for fans of everything Little House.

    AnnShamrock says: "Do yourself a favor .....GET THIS AUDIO BOOK!!!!!"
    "What a hoot!"
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    Never watched Little House. Just hoped for a candid description of growing up on screen in Hollywood. Man did I get more than I bargained for. Funny, poignant sometimes simultaneously, enlightening and brilliantly written, Alison is one charismatic bitch. I loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Force: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (3941)
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    (3682)
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    (3671)

    All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

    Steve L says: "Winslow continus to amaze"
    "Like noir? It doesn’t get darker than this."
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    Winslow makes Michael Connelly, even James Ellroy read like the Hardy Boys. The hardest thing about The Force is that it has to be close to fact. The US prohibition on drugs does nothing but make those who maintain it rich. You don’t think so? Like to know how? Read on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Happened

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9358)
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    (8517)
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    For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

    AmazonBuyer says: "Important perspective from an excepcional woman"
    "The only campaign study written by the candidate"
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    Mrs. Clinton leaves no stone unturned. She addresses the scandals that plagued her husband's administration and her campaign, the kernels of truth they were based on and how these were manipulated to skew the public's perception of her and her family, convincing voters to vote against their own interests.

    Often humorous and very detailed, Mrs. Clinton brings her unique intelligence to bear not only on the 2016 campaign but on her entire relationship with the Republican party from her campaign efforts on behalf of Barry Goldwater in 1964 to her prosecution of Richard Nixon on the Watergate Committee, to her candid comments as First Lady of Arkansas, and her fight for universal healthcare as First Lady of the United States, and the role she played on the international stage as secretary of state for Barack Obama. Republicans have good reason to fear and hate her and she does not shy from recognizing the part her own words and deeds have played in making it difficult for Republican voters to cross the divide.

    I have never read a book quite like this before and the fact that I was able to listen to it in the author's own voice, hear her stresses and inflections, hear her speak as she would never speak in a less intimate setting, is both thrilling and informative. I'd recommend this book to anyone but it is a MUST LISTEN to anyone considering running for public office. Win or lose, this is what it's really like.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bruce Springsteen
    • Narrated By Bruce Springsteen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6502)
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    (6072)
    Story
    (6047)

    In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

    Tim says: "The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story."
    "Living Proof"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the best autobiography I've read in a long time. Hearing it in Bruce's own voice is like spending a few days with him. He is funny, thought provoking, emotionally powerful and he explains most of the things I was curious about. He explains how he got his Telecaster for $189 and why it was that price, something that has had me wondering for years. His early travels west with his band, Steel-mill, make great stories. How he developed his talents is explained in detail. His meeting with Mike Appel and hence John Hammond is told more intensely than ever before. Also his experience with the Jon Landau review and his meeting with the author of it is explained as only he can do. How he fell in love with his horse is hilarious. There are as many laugh out loud hilarious moments as there are touching moments.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Patti Scialfa but the stories about Clarence Clemons could make their own book if Bruce felt comfortable about openly discussing things he only hints about here. Bruce's father, Doug Springsteen, is also a powerful character who's influence is felt throughout the book. Carl "Tinker" West is also a lot of fun to read about.


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

    I actually did read the book before the audio was available and loved it but believe me, the audio version is the way to go. Bruce's intonations when he's discussing various subjects offer humor, sarcasm and pathos you do not get reading text. The sequence in which he auditions Jake Clemons for Jake's late uncle's job in the E Street Band is powerful when you read it. But hearing Bruce say these things in his own voice adds a dimension to how serious he continues to be about his music and how he feels about that band you simply cannot get from mere print. Springsteen is also a master of metaphor and the tone he puts on his metaphors adds a great deal of understanding to his meaning and how he thinks.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not want to stop on those frequent times I had to but I would need a solid two days to listen to it non-stop. As it was I listened to the entire book in about four days while I was driving, a great way to listen to Springsteen.


    Any additional comments?

    The use of his music and lyrics to illustrate certain points was very helpful and interesting. His candor about his problems as well as his success made this autobiography feel honest as opposed to other autobiographies I've read recently. I have a much better understanding of where the lyrics I've loved for decades came from.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The True Story of the Bilderberg Group

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Daniel Estulin
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (330)

    Delving into a world once shrouded in mystery, this investigative report provides a fascinating account of the annual meetings of the world's most powerful people, The Bilderberg Group. Since first meeting in 1954 at the Bilderberg Hotel in the Netherlands, The Bilderberg Group has been comprised of prime ministers, presidents and the wealthiest CEOs of the world, all deliberating the economic and political future of humanity.

    Randall says: "Eye opening!"
    "The True Story? What story?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book would be very interesting to paranoid personalities, especially those looking for a demagogue with an exaggerated image of his own importance to follow. I was looking for a history of the Bilderberg group, not a diatribe on freedom, evil and love. Mr. Estulin has lost his credibility with me.


    What could Daniel Estulin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This would be a better book if Mr. Estulin simply gave a history of the organization, warts and all, if he was able to find one. This book is a hatchet job on David Rockefeller, The Council on Foreign Affairs and the Trilateral Commission which, for all I still know, maybe awful organizations, I still don't have enough reliable info to decide. The info here on Bilderberg, however, I could have gotten faster on Wikipedia. The idea that the Bilderbergers attempted to throw Mr. Estulin down an elevator shaft to prevent his research was one of the funniest moments in the books. Mr. Estulin clearly believes he's living in a James Bond fantasy. Between his highfalutin rhetoric and his absurd personal recollections, he has written a ridiculous book.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Ganim’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    To my recollection I have not heard Peter Ganim's work before, but he did a very credible reading job of an improbable book. There are a lot of foreign place names and terms here and he did a good job of pronouncing them correctly.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I really do want to understand more about this organization and the other organizations Estulin links to it in this work. I don't know what experiences Estulin really had researching this book, but he clearly cannot separate his personal political ideas and his own self importance from straight forward facts. He makes assertions about facts that in no way necessarily follow. Without a cataclysmic collapse of civilization, I'm pretty sure "one world government" is an inevitability. Does he really imagine that because people are very wealthy they have no right to privacy? After spending days with this book I have honestly come to the conclusion that the people who apparently cooperated with Estulin were putting him on.


    Any additional comments?

    David Rockefeller is 101 this year. I'm pretty sure the baton has passed to a different Fu Manchu-like villain. Should billionaires and the very-well educated be allowed to hold cocktail parties without a representative of the press being present? Mr. Estulin talks a lot about our "freedom" but he never defines what he thinks our freedom is. In that respect Janice Joplin did a better job.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kent A. Kiehl
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (478)

    We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies - from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. As Dr. Kent Kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment - how they were raised - or is there a genetic component to their lack of conscience?

    DORIS H. says: "An autobiography with splatter of neuropsychology."
    "Far and Away the Best Explanation for the Problem"
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    Would you listen to The Psychopath Whisperer again? Why?

    I probably will listen to it again. There are many details about the apparent causes of this problem and it's hard to take them in on one listen. What I did pick up is that psychopaths cannot worry and by the same token cannot learn from mistakes nor process punishment as others do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brian was easily my favorite test subject. Dr. Keihl introduces him generally in several early chapters then focuses on him specifically so we know his background before we know his horrible crimes. It's a fine piece of writing technique. I also like the background on presidential assassin, Charles Guiteau.


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

    Mr Pariseau reads the text in a serious tone but, as the book is also a narrative of Dr. Kiehl's career, and Dr. Kiehl clearly sees the humor in his experiences, Mr. Pariseau is able to change course when the text requires it. Mr Pariseau also did the work of learning to pronounce the technical and Latin terms used by the medical community in citing some of the problems discussed.


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

    I was moved often throughout this book. I was as disappointed as Dr. Kiehl and his team were when their first FMRI project was rejected by Scientific American. I Was thrilled when the Institute of Life hired Dr. Kiehl to set up their MRI clinic and even more when he was hired in New Mexico and his entire team elected to leave Connecticut and go with him.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been reading about mental illnesses and especially psychosis/antisocial personality disorder for years. This is the first real explanation I've found of how a psychopath is tested although I was aware of both Hare's and Navarro's check lists. We hear this term bandied about on television and in courts, but 'psychopath' has a very specific meaning. If one has not been tested by a psychologist who knows what to do, it is irresponsible to apply the term. Dr. Kiehl offers a good example of how this can be done incorrectly with devastating results.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1215)

    Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover.

    Wayne says: "I first read The Long Goodbye over 50 years ago"
    "Porter brings a subtle drama to The Long Goodbye"
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    Would you listen to The Long Goodbye again? Why?

    I will absolutely listen to this again. First it is Chandler's most complex and involved plot offering the reader/listener much to consider. Chandler's thoughts on law enforcement and the part wealth and power play as to what gets investigated are clearer today than they were when he wrote this. Secondly, Porter's subtle depictions of the various characters offer an element of realism to this performance I don't often encounter. This was a hard story to stop listening to. It's Chandler's longest book and I listened to the entire thing in 2 days.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The Long Goodbye appears to be two plots which initially seem to be unconnected. Only as Marlowe begins to think things through do the connections appear. The characters are vivid. Only Candy is a flat character and that is "flat" in a good way, like Odd Job or Uriah Heap. The rest of the cast are very complex, well constructed people who behave in unexpected ways that are consistent with the problems they face. Bernie Ohls is the analyst of the tale. When he shows up you know you are in for an explanation of what Chandler really means by this story. Roger Wade talks and thinks like a writer. I suspect a lot of his problems were those that Chandler himself faced in writing this book.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Frequently several characters appear in a conversation in this book. Porter makes a clear distinction between every character and he does it so subtly it's as though different people are speaking. His performance could not be better.


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

    Chandler's use of language is something his contemporaries try to imitate and in this respect he's in top form in The Long Goodbye. Lawyer Endicott and Detective Ohls offer several comments on the philosophy of law and how law enforcement works that have stayed with me. Marlowe's own assessment of the various types of blond is very funny and cynical.


    Any additional comments?

    Marlowe's reluctance to take either sex or money from anyone leaves one wondering, as several characters ask, what does he live on? In many respects Marlowe is TOO noble. In this book he is several times in grave danger on the behalf of his clients and yet he refuses payment and in one final gesture he returns payment every dollar of which he earned and more. Is being a private detective just a hobby for this guy? Marlowe's altruism is the one false note in this otherwise thinking person's mystery.

    31 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22101)
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    (19953)
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    (19902)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Marci says: "A gift to be treasured"
    "Stunning"
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    What did you love best about To Kill a Mockingbird?

    To Kill A Mockingbird is beautifully told. There are only a few authors who really capture the thought process and dialogue of children, Mark Twain, Booth Tarkington, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Portis and Harper Lee are in the top tier at this talent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book has everything. It's a mystery, a childhood memoir, a cultural exploration, a study of great parenting skills, and a courtroom drama. Atticus Finch instills respect in his children but he does not use fear to instill it. His children have the option of contradicting him and when they're right he admits it. Not many writers can convincingly depict an eight-year-old girl backing down a lynch mob. This is only one of the great great scenes in this book.


    Have you listened to any of Sissy Spacek’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm very familiar with Ms. Spacek's acting career but this is the first time I've listened to a book she narrates. Her work on To Kill A Mockingbird is sublime. Her understanding of southern US dialect is skillful and subtle. The distinction she makes between characters' voices enhance the beauty of the prose without distracting the listener. I listened to the entire book in two days and in my opinion Ms. Spacek's performance is flawless. I loved it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. I nearly did listen to it all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book when it first came out and enjoyed it very much then. I think I was about thirteen at that time. I listened to this audio version in preparation for Ms. Lee's new book. At sixty-five I enjoyed it much more. I am very interested to know what became of Scout and Jem and Dill growing up under the influence of Atticus Finch as teacher and role model.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson
    • Narrated By Joseph Grenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4859)
    Performance
    (4103)
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    (4068)

    Perhaps once a decade, a book comes along that transforms people's lives in a very real, measurable way. This is one of them. Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene 10 years ago and revolutionized the way people communicate when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Since then, millions of people have learned how to hold effective crucial conversations and have dramatically improved their lives and careers thanks to the methods outlined in this book. Now, the authors have revised their best-selling classic to provide even more ways to help you take the lead in any tough conversation.

    Michael says: "There is something useful here"
    "Winning the Games People Play"
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    What did you love best about Crucial Conversations?

    I found the breakdown of how and what we think when faced with interpersonal crises very thought provoking and very accurate.


    What other book might you compare Crucial Conversations to and why?

    Eric Berne's the Games People Play, Timothy Leary's Interpersonal Diagnosis of the Personality, Grinder and Bandler's Frogs Into Princes, L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics, Milton H. Erickson's Healing With Hypnosis, Jay Haley's Uncommon Therapy


    Have you listened to any of Joseph Grenny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Grenny has a youthful, strong, clear presentation. His reading of Crucial Conversations gets to the heart of the problem and shows the reader how to solved it. I will listen to this program several times.


    What did you learn from Crucial Conversations that you would use in your daily life?

    The difference between "facts" and "story" is very important to distinguish. We take a fact and we make assumptions about how that fact came about which may not be accurate. People unaware of this research usually act as though the information they've intuited is true. If we can use good language skills to unravel facts from intuited "stories," we may be able to help others and ourselves get closer to the truth.


    Any additional comments?

    There is really a lot of new information here that can be very useful when using language to support our relationships both personal and business.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nelson Johnson
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna, Terence Winter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (310)

    From its inception, Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck, and this wide-reachinghistory offers a riveting account of its past 100 year, from the city's heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era.

    Frances says: "I love stories steeped in History"
    "The Biography of a City"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Mr. Johnson writes with authority about the reasons the city was founded, how those ideals were corrupted and the types of people that drive a city, perhaps any city. I think the book is not so much a cautionary tale as a candid one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frank Farley was such a quintessential hypocrite he left me cynical about all politics. The idea that the ice cream and hot dog concessions in one city were controlled by an organization ruled by one man and no one could get ice cream to sell without getting it from him and every scoop sold ALSO put money into his pocket made me wonder about the people selling ice cream around me.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Mantegna and Terence Winter (foreword) – was your favorite?

    Mantagna was an excellent choice to read this book. His voice is familiar and very pleasant to listen to. He did his research and correctly pronounced the names and locations referred to. While he made the characters distinct he has the wisdom not to over-do it. You can always understand what he's saying. This is a well-written piece of non-fiction. The author injects very few fiction-style dialogues giving an air of serious research to this book. These facts made Mr. Mantagna's job easier as well as giving the reader confidence that this is a well-documented account of history.


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

    There were many moving accounts. Enoch Johnson's prison term, marriage, and long life was very moving at the end of the sequence about him. Farley's final defeat was terrific. The Democratic convention and the disheveled description of the city at that time was very powerful. The people and events that led to the legalization of gambling in the city was fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the two or three great pieces of non-fiction I've read this year. It really has very little to do with the TV show (which I think is excellent) that shares the title. I enjoyed this book on an entirely different level than the TV show.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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