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The Dillinger Days

Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Criminals
4.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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For 13 violent months in the 1930s, John Dillinger and his gang swept through the Midwest. The criminals of the Depression robbed almost at will, as the Indiana State Police had only 41 members, including clerks and typists. Dillinger's daring escapes at Crown Point jail or through the withering machine gun fire of FBI agents at Little Bohemia Lodge, along with his countless bank robberies, excited the imagination of a despondent country. He eluded the lawmen of a half-dozen states and the growing power of the FBI, earning him the dubious honor of Public Enemy Number One and captivating Americans to the present day. His brief but significant career is vividly chronicled here in extraordinary detail, as is the entire outlaw era of Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie and Clyde, Ma Barker, and Machine Gun Kelly. John Toland conducted hundreds of interviews; his research took him through 34states, into the cells where Dillinger was confined, and into every bank he robbed.

The Dillinger Days is the inside account of a desperate and determined war between the law and the lawless, a struggle that did not end until a unique set of circumstances led to Dillinger's bloody death outside a Chicago movie house.

©2017 John Toland (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Interesting

Although an interesting and entertaining listen, it's hard to overlook the factual inaccuracies, mostly regarding Bonnie and Clyde. This fact leaves me wondering how many other portions are also inaccurate.

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Poorly researched

Author apparently watched movie version of Bonnie and Clyde for all his information on the subject. Makes me question the veracity of the rest of the book. Grover Gardner is the only positive.

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Old one but a good one

I probably first read this book 35 years ago and enjoyed very much hearing Grover Gardner re-read it to me. Dillinger is the main focus but Toland also expertly weaves in the stories of Bonnie and Clyde,The Barkers and various other criminals and law enforcement officers. Never a dull moment and gripping at times. Would love to see Audible get an unabridged version of Bryan Burrough's Public Enemies to get a more recent take on the same era.

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very good!

I liked this book . I have a interest in John Dillinger and the depression gangs!

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Fantastic!

I really enjoyed this book and finding out even more details of the other members of the gangs such as Baby face Nelson, and Pretty boy Floyd. It was well written and researched and the narrator does a great job. You wont regret buying/listening.

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Good

The voice is pretty cheesy. Great story overall. The book was pretty accurate no myth.

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So far, highly questionable scholarship

Having just finished Jeff Guinn's exhaustively researched book on Bonnie and Clyde, I was disappounted as well as concerned to find that Toland merely spewed forth the most cursory scurrilous and disproved information about them. Straight out of the mouths of period news hacks, completely irresponsible sensationalistic journalism regurgitated as fact. It makes me question the veracity of everything else Toland writes. I am returning this rather than waste my time on false accounts.

Mr. Gardner's reading is of the usual excellent quality.

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,outstanding book and reader.

An riveting story written by a brilliant author and historian, John Toland, read by a terrific reader.

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  • 08-26-19

john dillinger

good listen I've listened to it twice like the narrator as well love john dillinger