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Michael

Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

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  • Rothstein

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Pietrusza
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The model for The Great Gatsby's Meyer Wolfsheim and Nathan Detroit from Guys and Dolls, Arnold Rothstein was an underworld genius, racketeer, rumrunner, and mastermind who, as F. Scott Fitzgerald observed, played "with the faith of 15 million people with the single-mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe."

    Michael says: "Time well spent"
    "Time well spent"
    Overall

    Comprehensive period account for those interested in early 20th century American history. Narration was more than adequate but for some mispronunciation of Yiddish names, terms and idioms. The narrative timeline was sometimes disjointed (major disadvantage in audiobook). Held my interest throughout.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Done Sign My Name

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Timothy B. Tyson
    • Narrated By Timothy B. Tyson
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    On May 11, 1970, Henry Marrow, a 23-year-old black veteran, walked into a crossroads store owned by Robert Teel, a rough man with a criminal record and ties to the Ku Klux Klan, and came out running. Teel and two of his sons chased Marrow, beat him unmercifully, and killed him in public as he pleaded for his life.

    Kathleen says: "Learned so much"
    "This book works at many layers"
    Overall

    Beyond the fascinating dramatic account, the book demands introspection. The book helped me to account for some of the demons and ugly truths that are inside (myself). My perception of he or she that is "not like me" will never be the same, thanks to this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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