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Andrea

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  • Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Eig
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Jonathan Eig blows the lid off the Al Capone story. Based on never-before-seen government documents and newly discovered letters written by Al Capone himself, Get Capone presents America's greatest gangster as you’ve never seen him before.

    Jonathan says: "Get this book"
    "First Experience with Audible was Great!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they wanted to know EVERYTHING Capone! I had to read this book for a college course and the book was very long (considering my deadline)! I ordered the Audible version to listen to as I read along with my paperback copy.... it kept me on track and allowed me to plan around the assignment because I knew exactly how much loner it would take (at any given point) how many more hours it would take to finish the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George Johnson, the real (and historically unrecognized) "hero" who finally put Capone in jail. This is a man that is typically not known about regarding the Capone case (as so many of the story tellers have gotten the facts wrong, or, have embelished the truth for effect), and it was very interesting to learn about him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chapter on the St. Valentines Day Massacre was particularly interesting because the author utilized real-life police reports as one of his sources. He also revealed a never before released letter (at least to the public) to John Edgar Hoover (director of FBI at the time) from a Chicago man written in the 1930's giving the best explanation for the seven murders... who did it and why. It is actually a misconception (I believe after reading this book) that Capone had anything to do with the St. Valentine's Day Massacre at all!


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

    I was very touched by the love that Capone had for his wife and child; it was a genuine care and concern from a supposed 'monster' which I appreciated. Also, the Epilogue,which explained the decline of Capone's health and his death was particularly sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed my first experience (in life) with an audio book. For my college course, I was glad that I had the paperback version to read along with (and highlight), however, I know I would find it pleasurable to listen to books for fun as well.

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