Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men in New York, and the FBI put him on its first-ever Most Wanted List. But the public rooted for Sutton. When he was finally caught for good in 1952, crowds surrounded the jail and chanted his name.
Blending vast research with vivid imagination, Pulitzer Prize winner J.R. Moehringer brings Willie Sutton blazing back to life. In Moehringer’s retelling, it was more than need or rage at society that drove Sutton. It was one unforgettable woman. And when Sutton finally walked free, he immediately set out to find her. Poignant, comic, fast-paced and fact-studded, Sutton tells a story of economic pain that feels eerily modern, while unfolding a story of doomed love that is forever timeless.
©2012 J.R. Moehringer (P)2012 Hyperion
Not only am I listening to it again, I am going to listen to it while dirving on a long trip next week because my husband will love it is as much, if not more than I did.
It reads like the best fiction and it's based on a very interesting true story.
Sutton intertwines the most unique little unknown facts about the oddest thingsinto the most facinating stories ...presidents, gangsters, the moon, baseball, the bible...as he relives his life. I couldn't believe some of them were true...THEY WERE. I had to hold off and not google each person mentioned because I didn't want to read too much and ruin the ending. I spent an hour on google his life and people mentioned in the book, afterwards - WOW for a guy who spent so much time in prison he had a lot of wonderful moments.
This book is very much like WATER FOR ELEPHANTS in pace and movement. A life long love story that has you rooting for the bad guy...that's not so bad....lovable actually.
It's not surprising that after looking up what other books Dyland Baker has narrated just now, I found that he narrated my TWO FAVORITE BOOKS of this year - Sutton and Jobs.
His is fabulous - He does different women, men...hippies..yiddish..... the voice from the newsreels.
This book defines an era. Sutton's memories of the depression brought it much closer to home for me and helps one to better understand their heritage. Opinion is one revolving theme in this book that spoke to me - public opinion and how it can be swayed easily and so harsly - What causes family opinion to change -
In the top two of the books I have read this year....Top 10 of the last five years. It's worth the investment. I will be thinking about this book for a long time.
Sutton is one of my top 10 books now.
Wonderful historical fiction. I hated to put it down. The narrator was fantastic!
'Sutton' would rank highly amongst its' genre of novel. Someones' review said that it is reminiscent of 'Water for Elephants' and I couldn't agree more... 1 and 1A. It's always a treat to see a new ( to me ) historical person and get the flavour of the time in which he lived. Why is it always remembered to be better than how life is today?
Why do we always love an anti-hero ? Sutton is by far the best character as the author has constructed a hero who is lovable and yet we realize he is deeply flawed. Why do our lives evolve in the manner that they do? How did Willie Sutton become the man he did? How do we see such people and what is the reality of our perspective. Is being in love sometimes like 'swimming through stuff' ?
Creating and separating young Willie from older Willie assists the imagination to see the character development.
I wouldn't... 'Sutton' does the job.
I am a huge JR Moehringer fan and will read/listen to anything he writes. There is something so honest and soulful about any story he tells, and I'm captivated by him these days.
I admire narrator Dylan Baker as an actor, but I think he missed the mark in his narration performance. It felt like he was talking to every potential listener all at the same time instead of reading the story intimately to one listener--the tone felt forced, strident, a bit overdone. I think his performance caused the story to lose some of its soulfulness and lovely melancholy that Moehringer seems drawn to in the stories he tells.
But hey, overall fairly enjoyable. A great story with great writing makes up for a lot of things. Definitely worth the listen.
I read so I can write
Moehringer has done a brilliant job of writing a story about a man whose life was more like fiction than real life. And he has made the fiction seem plausible. I have done a bit of research about Willie Sutton and found him to be a fascinating character, and one who perhaps cleverly covered the tracks to the true story of his life. Moehringer has told it the way it might have been. Not enough good things can be said about the narration which made this great story all the better.
Excellent story, suprize twist at end, wonderful narration!
I highly recommend the book and anything by the narrator. He really gave to charactors livid mental images
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
Sutton is SO outrageous. As a character, he's unbelievably bold. I'm not sure where reality stops and creative license starts. But, it's memorable and a terrific listen.
retired, from one job, doing another, living the life
In a very tight group of four, the TenderBar included.
Mr Muhlringer's other book because of his easy style.
The book itself.
Willie, as a Brooklyn guy myself we would compare notes.
Two great novels in a row. If the TenderBar brought tears to my eyes,Sutton had me downright bawling. Mr Muhlringer has a great style, Sutton was fantastic, I loved it.
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Note to self............In the future, disregard the first 5 reviews posted. More than likely they are from the author or friends of the author. No book is ever as good as what the first 5 posts claim. That being said, the book was interesting enough and moved along at a good pace. At times the premise was a little distracting but it worked. This is not a normal book for me to listen too, but I'm glad I did.
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