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Like nowhere else in America, Detroit flourished during Prohibition. The constant flow of liquor from across the Canadian border made Lake Erie a war zone, and lined the pockets of the men who ran the Purple Gang, the Unione Siciliana, and the Little Jewish Navy. But Prohibition was more than just a boon for gangsters. For newspapermen, it was a dream come true.

It’s 1928, and the Detroit Times’ Connie Minor knows every thug, moll, and triggerman south of Eight Mile. He’s drinking rotgut whiskey in a speakeasy on Vernor when he meets Jack Dance for the first time, and watches as the preening young hothead joins Joey Machine’s mob. Over the next few years, the two mobsters will fight a battle for the soul of Detroit’s underground, and Connie Minor will be there to cover every shot.

©1990 Loren D. Estleman (P)2012 AudioGO

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Painful to hear

Would you listen to Whiskey River again? Why?

No

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked the performance. The fact that he didn't take the time to learn the pronunciation of ANY of the Michigan locations is maddening. It hurt my ears to listen to him pronounce some of them. Street names I grew up knowing were transformed into grotesqueries.

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

Only the bad pronunciation

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Teresa
  • Ipswich, MA, United States
  • 07-25-13

Check local pronounciation

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. It was just an ok story

Would you be willing to try another book from Loren D. Estleman? Why or why not?

maybe

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dan Butler?

Anyone who would bother to check and find out how the landmarks are prounced. For a native Detroiter it was almost painful to listen to.

Was Whiskey River worth the listening time?

yes

Any additional comments?

Not pronouncing the names of landmarks and streets correctly really took away from the story. I've noticed this with a lot of audiobooks on Detroit. I've complained to different recording companies with no response. One phone call is all it would take to find out how words are pronounced in a certain area.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful