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LOS ANGELES, CA, United States
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  • The Purples

  • By: W. K. Berger
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Shunned by his community...locked up for trying to help an innocent girl...ambushed by rivals and left for dead in the Detroit River, Joe Bernstein has a few scores to settle, and a bold plan to seize control of the Motor City in its booming 1920s heyday. With his faithful "agent", Abie; his brilliant but fragile brother, Max; and an out-of-control enforcer named Grabowski (not to mention a couple of carnivorous creatures known as "the babies"), Bernstein gives rise to the infamous Purple Gang....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty story...entertaining listen...who knew?

  • By david on 03-16-14

Gritty story...entertaining listen...who knew?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Purples to be better than the print version?

Yes. The narrator did a great job with this period, being the 20's in Detroit. I really felt like I was there. And I'm new to Audible, but I'm a big audiobook fan, and I really like when the right narrator gets matched with the right material. That definitely happened with The Purples.

What did you like best about this story?

The way it shed light on a real part of history. A Jewish gang in Detroit? The fact that it existed is crazy enough, not to mention all the scary, gory stuff they actually did. I'm a student of history, so when I can be dramatized like this, it's really cool.

What does Chris Andrew Ciulla bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's a really good storyteller. I listened to another one of his audiobooks recently, Two Serpents Rise. I liked it a lot, and then I saw this one, and I realized it was a really different backdrop. But his characters were all very real, but really entertaining, and all had their own cool individual qualities. Some very scary ones, actually. He's really good with the darker stuff.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sure, but I really enjoy listening while I drive, and it is 14 hrs long I think. And this read is pretty rough, so I'm sure it isn't for everybody. But I'm a big fan of the old gumshoe stuff, and of Dick Hill, and this reminded me a little of his grittier stuff.

Any additional comments?

It tells an interesting story about a hidden part of history. Some rights, a lot of wrongs. The author, WK Berger, really brings these characters and the story alive for you for sure.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Two Serpents Rise

  • The Craft Sequence, Book 2
  • By: Max Gladstone
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

Shadow demons plague the city reservoir, and Red King Consolidated has sent in Caleb Altemoc - casual gambler and professional risk manager - to cleanse the water for the sixteen million people of Dresediel Lex. At the scene of the crime, Caleb finds an alluring and clever cliff runner, crazy Mal, who easily outpaces him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some of the most inventive fantasy written today

  • By Ethan M. on 10-03-14

Great..Was like Dark City meets Guillermo Del Toro

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Two Serpents Rise to be better than the print version?

Not better, necessarily...but certainly enhanced. I thought the pacing was right where it needed to be for this kind of story. The narrator's rhythms worked. It was a good mix of colorful characters, and the story itself had a few nice twists.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought the world that Max built was quite innovative. Reminded me of some great old world detective stuff, but with the characters having new tasks appropriate to this different, independent era.

Which character – as performed by Chris Andrew Ciulla – was your favorite?

I really liked The King in Red...Kopel. His performance of that character really helped me envision a walking skeleton badass.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. Wasn't that kind of mushy story. Sorry to disappoint.

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend it. An exciting, innovative ride.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful