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Sutton | [J. R. Moehringer]

Sutton

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.
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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

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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 10-05-12
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "wow WOW wow W0W w0w!!!!"
    Would you listen to Sutton again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sutton?

    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.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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 -


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia NIWOT, CO, United States 10-24-12
    Patricia NIWOT, CO, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding!!"
    Where does Sutton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sutton is one of my top 10 books now.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful historical fiction. I hated to put it down. The narrator was fantastic!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Burlington, ONTARIO, Canada 11-07-12
    Tony Burlington, ONTARIO, Canada 11-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    ""A TOUR OF MY LIFE""
    Where does Sutton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    '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?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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' ?


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

    Creating and separating young Willie from older Willie assists the imagination to see the character development.


    If you could rename Sutton, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't... 'Sutton' does the job.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lamkini Atlanta 11-21-12
    lamkini Atlanta 11-21-12
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    "Great book! Awesome story!! Narration a bit much."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dorothy dalton sheridan gaithersburg, md United States 11-13-12
    dorothy dalton sheridan gaithersburg, md United States 11-13-12
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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Sutton in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent story, suprize twist at end, wonderful narration!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend the book and anything by the narrator. He really gave to charactors livid mental images









    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-02-13
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2007

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "What a fabulous character!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Cos Cob, CT, United States 08-03-13
    Paul Cos Cob, CT, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2010

    retired, from one job, doing another, living the life

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    "Another Masterpiece!!!"
    Where does Sutton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In a very tight group of four, the TenderBar included.


    What other book might you compare Sutton to and why?

    Mr Muhlringer's other book because of his easy style.


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    The book itself.


    If you could take any character from Sutton out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Willie, as a Brooklyn guy myself we would compare notes.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Janet Sandy, UT, United States 05-24-13
    Janet Sandy, UT, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    I don't know if any of it is true, but it was a really good story.

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    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 04-29-13
    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Interesting piece of American History"

    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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    Candy Manassas, VA, United States 03-20-13
    Candy Manassas, VA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't see it coming!"
    If you could sum up Sutton in three words, what would they be?

    well written, colorful, surpising


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Very much, loved his variety of voice changes and inflections. Excellent reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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