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Publisher's Summary

Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men in New York, and the FBI put him on its first-ever Most Wanted List. But the public rooted for Sutton. When he was finally caught for good in 1952, crowds surrounded the jail and chanted his name.

Blending vast research with vivid imagination, Pulitzer Prize winner J.R. Moehringer brings Willie Sutton blazing back to life. In Moehringer’s retelling, it was more than need or rage at society that drove Sutton. It was one unforgettable woman. And when Sutton finally walked free, he immediately set out to find her. Poignant, comic, fast-paced and fact-studded, Sutton tells a story of economic pain that feels eerily modern, while unfolding a story of doomed love that is forever timeless.

©2012 J.R. Moehringer (P)2012 Hyperion

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Worthwhile but a little short of great

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

I would expect so.

What did you like best about this story?

Characters were vivid

Which scene was your favorite?

Descriptions of the crimes, bank robberies and escapes.

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

Not unless I was driving on a long trip.

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  • Richard
  • PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL, United States
  • 11-24-12

It is no fun being a bank robber

If you could sum up Sutton in three words, what would they be?

Interesting reading

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Willie Sutton as the whole book was about him. He wasn't a very smart man as he spent half his life in prison

Which scene was your favorite?

I read the book some time ago and I don't really remember anything I could call my favorite scene

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

The book was interesting and I've enjoyed reading it but it was not a book that I would so enamored about that I wonder want to the read in one sitting

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Amazing Story

Moehringer has done a brilliant job of writing a story about a man whose life was more like fiction than real life. And he has made the fiction seem plausible. I have done a bit of research about Willie Sutton and found him to be a fascinating character, and one who perhaps cleverly covered the tracks to the true story of his life. Moehringer has told it the way it might have been. Not enough good things can be said about the narration which made this great story all the better.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A Very Bad Book

Would you try another book from J. R. Moehringer and/or Dylan Baker?

I will never try another book from this author or from this narrator.

What could J. R. Moehringer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The story is jerky and implausible. The characters are cardboard cutouts, uninteresting, unattractive and often disgusting - but not in a good way. To me, gratuitous cruelty is unforgivable, and this book has gratuitous cruelty in spades. I finally stopped reading at the slaughter house scene during the cheering as they watched the slitting of the animals' throats.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Extremely insensitive to any subtleties in the material. Overly and inappropriately dramatic.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I'm amazed that this book found a publisher.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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a dissappointment

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't know

Has Sutton turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Dylan Baker’s performances?

Possibly

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The last

Any additional comments?

Started out to be interesting than just became a downer. Did not like the ending

0 of 2 people found this review helpful