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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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  • Slim
  • Lexington, Virginia
  • 04-19-16

okay

it was a okay book to listen to. I wouldn't listen to it again though. not really into interview or whatever type of audio book this is .

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  • Marie
  • WASHINGTON, DC, United States
  • 08-28-12

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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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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Worth Precisely what I paid for it.

This was free, as well it should be because it was much about nothing. I don't believe dictionary lists make acceptable audio books. This certainly didn't
It might be a treasure as a printed reference book. I've looked for that kind of information as a writer, and it would be much more helpful in that format.

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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

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Good primer!

Funny & insightful primer on "flapper language" from the time of Great Gatsby! Be sure to listen for the double entredres.

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wicked dope verbiage like totally rad

I dug it fully. A real double knee slapper. Hawaiian pidgin is the best though bruddah!

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Great bonus material

This is a great bonus material audio book. I did not listen to the original book, but this audioguide was funny to listen to.

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Hey it was free

Way To funny. There are more then a few words that I still use today.

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Evidence of Audible's Devotion to Audiobooks

If Audible can even make excerpts from an encyclopedia engaging, doesn't that prove their dedication and talentin making audiobooks? Mission: Accomplished