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Publisher's Summary

Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans' 30-years war against itself, pitting the city's elite "better half" against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world.

©2014 Gary Krist (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Critic Reviews

"[A] rich, well-structured story more vivid and twist-filled than most crime fiction... Armed with both well-placed primary sources and an addictive, climactic narrative, Krist leads a perfect trip into the short-lived societal experiment aptly named 'Storyville.'" ( Publishers Weekly)
"...proves that truth really is stranger than fiction by detailing the prominent figures within Storyville, the Crescent City's red-light district... Fans of Boardwalk Empire would enjoy this crime thriller as well." ( Library Journal)
"A colorful account... richly detailed... lively... A wild, well-told tale." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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very interesting

I'm from South Louisiana and this book taught me a lot about New Orleans around the turn of the 20th century. Jazz, murder, debauchery, prostitution and the mob, what more do you want?

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Engaging Listen.

An engaging book. I'm ready to start it again. Started thinking it was fiction with bits of truth thrown in but, learned the narrative is actually all true!

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New Orleans a fabulous story!!

Have you ever really wondered about the dark mysterious city called New Orleans?? It's history how did it become such a melting pot ?? What about all the corruption ?? Well this extremely well written book tells it all!! From the beginning to the end it will hold you spell bound!! I was sad to see it end!

The reader does an excellent job!! I don't care how good a book can be if the reader is not comfortable and easy to listen to to bring the story to life it's not worth it.

Definitely worth the five star rating!!

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Riveting!

I loved this book. It served to teach me so much about New Orleans that I never knew as well as make me crave more information about its history, culture, and music.
I didn't want this book to end.

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excellent read for a trip to NOLA

I took a long road trip around the country this year, and my favorite stop was New Orleans. I listened to this audiobook after my stop in NOLA. I wish I had listened to it before, but either way, it was so pertinent to all the things I learned, particularly in the Music of New Orleans, Saints & Sinners, and Treme tours.

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Amazing!

Couldn't stop listening, a truly riveting work! I highly recommend this book to anybody fascinated by the colorful history of New Orleans.

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Documentary

I really loved hearing about the history, but at times it sounded like I was listening to someone read me and he encyclopedia.

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A look into the dark history of New Orleans

Would you consider the audio edition of Empire of Sin to be better than the print version?

Its a manner of preference. I was referred to the book by a tour guide when I was in New Orleans and he mentioned this would be the perfect book to read by yourself having beers in a dark, quiet bar. He was absolutely right, it would make the perfect read in that and similar situations. It is also perfect as an audiobook for daily commutes.

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I liked this book, it was an excellent listen and it was very well written and narrated.

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Vigilante Justice in New Orleans

If you could sum up Empire of Sin in three words, what would they be?

New Orleans Adolescence

Who was your favorite character and why?

The vigilantes. How they justify what they did is horrifying.

Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

He did a marvelous job of portraying all of them. Narration is superb.

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

No. I had to think about each development before listening to the next.

Any additional comments?

Truly excellent, provocative history of late 19th century New Orleans.

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