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Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material Audiobook

Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material: The Speakeasy Guide to Prohibition Era Slang – Extended Edition

Oliver Wyman reads The Speakeasy Guide and captures the rich atmosphere and enduring cultural influence of the roaring ‘20s. While the anecdote about Audible staffers stumbling out of an anonymous casino might be in doubt, one thing’s for sure – this fun listen is the bee’s knees.
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After a long night in Atlantic City performing “research” for Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, a group of Audible staffers slunk out of a casino thinking they were completely busted. That’s when they hit the jackpot – behind a dusty, old, cobweb-covered moonshine barrel, they discovered a few pages of genuine Prohibition-Era slang, a true relic of one of history’s most storied periods. They turned to Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, President of the Dorothy Parker Society, to authenticate and restore the find. Now, we present to you a treasure trove of flapper secrets, including the origins of words and phrases still used today, if not fondly remembered, like cat’s pajamas, lollygagger, blind date, home wrecker, gadget, and behind the eight ball.

Oliver Wyman reads The Speakeasy Guide and captures the rich atmosphere and enduring cultural influence of the roaring ‘20s. While the anecdote about Audible staffers stumbling out of an anonymous casino might be in doubt, one thing’s for sure – this fun listen is the bee’s knees.

If you watched the video version of this guide on our homepage, note that this is the extended version, with approximately 10 additional minutes of words and phrases to enjoy.

Be sure to check out Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City the inspiration for our Speakeasy Guide, as well as the upcoming HBO® series, written by Nelson Johnson and narrated by Joe Mantegna, in our store now.

©2010 Kevin C. Fitzpatrick (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Slim Richmond, Virginia 04-19-16
    Slim Richmond, Virginia 04-19-16

    Double Major in Criminal Justice/Crime Scene Investigation With A Minor in Psychology and Early Childhood Education

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    it was a okay book to listen to. I wouldn't listen to it again though. not really into interview or whatever type of audio book this is .

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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 01-30-12
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2016

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "It's the cat's pajamas!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a short 14 minute overview of Roaring Twenties slang. Yes I would recommend it.
    I was amazed about how many terms we still use today and the background meaning for them.


    What other book might you compare Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material to and why?

    Boardwalk Empire, Any F. Scott Fitzgerald or Dorothy Parker. Several authors are mentioned in this short essay. If you are interested in the 1920's era that by all means read the people who were writing at that time.


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

    His inflection is great, and I enjoyed him.


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

    No, it's funny not moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Who would have known that 23 skidoo and 86'd were addresses? Very interesting stuff.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Siebert Bismark, ND 09-23-12
    Walter Siebert Bismark, ND 09-23-12

    I'm an old soul trapped in a young mans body with unlimited energy, yet limited resources! I read and listen to audio books almost daily and am so happy to have discovered some great new authors recently!

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    "WYMAN IS AMAZING!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material the most enjoyable?

    I recently listened to Lair of the White Worm, narrated by Oliver Wyman, which is what brought me to Audible and I found he has over 100 books narrated under his name, at which time I perused some newer authors and narrators that sounded pretty awesome. I loved Wymans "dated" narration style as he explains the meanings of phrases used in its era and how these slangs are used in our generation. He brings the old timer to the stage, which makes this audio more authentic and fun to listen to, like grandpa or your great uncle reliving the way it used to be!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the narrator himself


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

    he sounded as he he lived back in that time and was sharing his personal experience


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    how language has a 'style' all its own in every generation


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 08-28-12
    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2010

    Professional librarian type, amateur historian.

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    "Short and not bad"

    Is this worth 1 credit? No. But if you get it for a deal give it a listen because it is only a few minutes long and quite informative as well as entertaining. You'll learn about expressions that are still in use and other forms of slang that aren't used as much.

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    Christine Giles 04-27-16

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    "Mostly a recitation of vocabulary"

    Etymology or background was rare and would have made for more interesting listening. Felt flat.

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    lm86 12-27-15
    lm86 12-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "cool!"

    It's so interesting to learn about that time. they seem so creative and fun back then!

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    gc dunn 12-25-15
    gc dunn 12-25-15
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    I wanted the story behind the words phrases and expressions not just an interesting list

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    Brad G 11-05-15
    Brad G 11-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    This is just fun bonus material for the Boardwalk Empire book. I dig old slang, so this is really up my alley.

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    Lady Red 08-05-15
    Lady Red 08-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    Entertaining and informative well done I enjoyed it and had a good listen , well worth the time.

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    Moose 07-19-15
    Moose 07-19-15 Member Since 2015

    An avid reader who works too much to actually read in the traditional manner she now consumes audiobooks at her job, driving, and running.

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    "Had Me Laughing At Work"

    It's really fascinating to think of how slang has changed--and not changed- since the 1920's. Some of the phrases that were used back in the down sound so silly today that it had me laughing and sharing at work.

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