Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material: The Speakeasy Guide to Prohibition Era Slang – Extended Edition Audiobook | Kevin C. Fitzpatrick | Audible.com
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Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material: The Speakeasy Guide to Prohibition Era Slang – Extended Edition | [Kevin C. Fitzpatrick]

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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    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 01-30-12
    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2011

    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.

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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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    jenn Midvale, UT, United States 11-23-13
    jenn Midvale, UT, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Worthy of it's time."

    There really isn't a story here, but since we can't review until we mark the stars we shall simply look past this. This is totally worthy of a listen. I actually stopped what I was doing to pay attention, laughed a little, then attempted my new vocabulary on my sweetheart. All were amused.

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    Adama Efuru Jamaica, NY 10-16-13
    Adama Efuru Jamaica, NY 10-16-13 Member Since 2010

    Dawn

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    "For wordanistas."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material to be better than the print version?

    I don't know about the print version of the book or the TV show. But this was fun to listen to.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material?

    I did not know that Dorothy Parker was so influential in the slang terms of 1920's. Thanks for that.


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    Carcasa Cyberspace 04-29-13
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    "Good bonus - glad it was free"
    Where does Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, it's not really a book so that's hard to answer. It was okay bonus matierial - but not a must listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material?

    Well, it's only 15 minutes long. The authentic language I guess.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen for a die-hard fan. It's free so you can't really complain much!

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    Asta In a dream 04-14-12
    Asta In a dream 04-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Cat's Pajamas? Hard to Say"

    It was interesting to learn what words and phrases that are spoken today were also spoken or even originated about 90 years ago. The slang terms of that era were colorful and occasionally amusing. But the narrator spoke too fast for me with not enough of a pause that, in addition to my multi-tasking at the time, I found myself fighting not to tune out - and ended up not grasping about 50% of the 14 minute audio file. This is the type of material that I would prefer in print.

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    Anthony United States 03-18-12
    Anthony United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A slice of history"
    What did you love best about Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material?

    I grew up there on the east coast and this speaks to the New York in me


    What did you like best about this story?

    the authentic language


    What did you learn from Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material that you would use in your daily life?

    ?? The ordinary parts of life are probably the best pictures to preserve??


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    Joe 02-02-12
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    "Not much value.. even for free"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy the Boardwalk Empire TV series, but I didn't see much value in this listen... some quirky oldschool terms explained briefly. I did not recognize too many of them from the series. It didn't enhance my viewing experience or anything. If you're obsessed with that epoch, perhaps you'll be entertained, otherwise you'll likely be bored with the corny jargon of the era. Glad it was free - still a waste of time tho.

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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 11-26-11
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 11-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Nice Bonus; Nothing Earth-Shaking"

    This is a nice bonus. It isn't an 'addition' per se, as it doesn't lend anything to the work as a whole. Having said that, it's fun and informative. Of most interest to me were some of the words and phrases originating during that period which are still in use today (e.g., 'go to bed' with someone; he said/she said, and a surprising number of others).

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