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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

Don't Mess with Joe Bernstein!

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Reviewed: 03-22-14

What did you love best about The Purples?

The darkness of that time. I know this is a dramatization, but the brutality of that age...I identify with stories and movies like this.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Grabowski. Not the most likable guy, for obvious reasons. But he was fun to listen to, in his environment. Loved his names for his dogs, too. But I also liked Clark, the cop. He was a well-done foil.

What about Chris Andrew Ciulla’s performance did you like?

It was visceral. And it had a good amount of subdued energy. And was very consistent thru the whole story. Nice variation from the characters. Nice job.

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

When Joe and Abie had their moment before... I don't want to give too much away, but it was sad to hear the team breaking apart.

Any additional comments?

Visceral, rough stuff. The way I like it.

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