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Speakeasy: A Novella | [A. M. Dunnewin]

Speakeasy: A Novella

The novella centers on Eddie Durante, owner of a speakeasy supported by Eddie's mobster uncle, the boss of the Durante family. Eddie became a young widower after his family's rival, the Caprice family, murdered his wife over a territory dispute. After devising a plan to retaliate against four of the rivaling capos, Eddie is left with the daunting task of trying to move on, until a family member notifies him that the Caprices have put a hit man in the speakeasy - and Eddie's name is on the list.
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The novella centers on Eddie Durante, owner of a speakeasy supported by Eddie's mobster uncle, the boss of the Durante family. Eddie became a young widower after his family's rival, the Caprice family, murdered his wife over a territory dispute. After devising a plan to retaliate against four of the rivaling capos, Eddie is left with the daunting task of trying to move on, until a family member notifies him that the Caprices have put a hit man in the speakeasy - and Eddie's name is on the list. But things soon take an unexpected turn when Eddie and his close friends begin finding the dead bodies of Eddie's relatives, ones who helped in his payback.

Behind the backdrop of jazz music and glistening flappers, murder after murder begins to occur, as revenge takes center stage, and Eddie soon learns that some secrets can't be taken to the grave.

©2011 A. M. Dunnewin (P)2013 A. M. Dunnewin

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    Eve Fullerton, CA, United States 08-16-13
    Eve Fullerton, CA, United States 08-16-13

    I'm a professor of Theatre without the time to read for pleasure any more.

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    "Nick Sarando is fantastic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speakeasy: A Novella to be better than the print version?

    Nick Sarando's interpretation, and the speed and ease of getting the story on MY schedule.


    What about Nick Sarando’s performance did you like?

    His interpretive skills as a narrator are terrific! I bought a second book because of his artistry!


    Any additional comments?

    If I were stuck in the house/bed, I would want Nick Sarando to come over and read books to me to pass the time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Listen while I work Burbank, CA, United States 08-09-13
    Listen while I work Burbank, CA, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Such a great audio book!"
    Where does Speakeasy: A Novella rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best listens going from narration into dialogue i have come across.


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

    I wasn't sure where it was going or why.. then when i finally got the jist of who and why.. you can't wait to see what happens and you are on edge.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    WIthout ruining it: the revenge scene and really the scene leading up to the reveal


    If you could rename Speakeasy: A Novella, what would you call it?

    Crime, Love, Family, and Hidden Hits


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator has a gift for character voice delineation so well it sounds like a movie

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Sanford California, United States 08-20-13
    Laurie Sanford California, United States 08-20-13
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    "An intricate story that will keep you guessing!"
    Where does Speakeasy: A Novella rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top. The story was great, and I thoroughly enjoyed Nick Sarando's interpretation of the writing.


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

    Yes. There were many twists and turns to keep you wondering what might happen next. It becomes evident very quickly that no one is safe, so the excitement builds and builds.


    What about Nick Sarando’s performance did you like?

    I really appreciated the fact that you could easily distinguish between the characters. His voice added a flavor to the story that brought you right back to 1920's New York.


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

    The final scene. I was supposed to be somewhere, and instead I sat in my car in the dark, letting the sensational words soak into me.


    Any additional comments?

    Speakeasy is a well-written novella that will pull you in and make you crave more. Each scene, depicted so vividly by the author, transports you into another world and brings such unexpected thrills, you won't want it to be over!

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    Leigh New Orleans, LA, United States 08-19-13
    Leigh New Orleans, LA, United States 08-19-13
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    "Fun and Easy Listening!"
    Would you listen to Speakeasy: A Novella again? Why?

    Yup. It's easy listening while I complete tasks around the office or at home.


    Would you be willing to try another book from A. M. Dunnewin? Why or why not?

    Sure. The author writes in images, so the scenes are very easy to visualize. I appreciate that in a novelist!


    What about Nick Sarando’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Sarando sounds like he stepped out of the 1920's! Perfect for this book!


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    Teri ROSEVILLE, CA, United States 08-16-13
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    "Awesome Book, Awesome Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Speakeasy: A Novella the most enjoyable?

    I love that I could distinguish the different characters. The story had a lot of twists and the fabulous narrating added to the suspense.


    What other book might you compare Speakeasy: A Novella to and why?

    I like Imaginarium by the same author. A.M. Dunnewin. Her style of writing makes it like a movie in my head and I think Mr. Sarando would be an awesome choice to narrate that as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite scenes is at the beginning when they are setting up the description of the Speakeasy. It's very descriptive and you can just see it and hear the music. There are many more but it caught my attention from the first.


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

    Yes, but that would give too much away


    Any additional comments?

    I own both hardcopy and audio. I truly love this book and hope there will be more collaborations between Nick and A. M.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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