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Publisher's Summary

The definitive oral history of the iconic and beloved TV show The Wire, as told by the actors, writers, directors, and others involved in its creation
Since its final episode aired in 2008, HBO's acclaimed crime drama The Wire has only become more popular and influential. The issues it tackled, from the failures of the drug war and criminal justice system to systemic bias in law enforcement and other social institutions, have become more urgent and central to the national conversation. The show's actors, such as Idris Elba, Dominic West, and Michael B. Jordan, have gone on to become major stars. Its creators and writers, including David Simon and Richard Price, have developed dedicated cult followings of their own. Universities use the show to teach everything from film theory to criminal justice to sociology. Politicians and activists reference it when discussing policy. When critics compile lists of the Greatest TV Shows of All Time, The Wire routinely takes the top spot. It is arguably one of the great works of art America has produced in the 20th century.
But while there has been a great deal of critical analysis of the show and its themes, until now there has never been a definitive, behind-the-scenes take on how it came to be made. With unparalleled access to all the key actors and writers involved in its creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the astonishing, compelling, and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy.
©2018 Jonathan Abrams (P)2018 Random House Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Shawnald on 02-13-18

There's a reason you hire professional talent

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Absolutely painful to listen to. I was looking forward to this book dropping. I pre-ordered it. But this author simply doesn't have the auditory chops to record his own copy. Or anybody's copy, for that matter.

Had to tap out after three chapters because I simply can't keep my eyes open through the author's halting, stumbling, monotone. Like listening to William Shatner reading a phone book on a Zanex and Quaalude bender.

The producer who sat in the recording session and did not pull the plug on this goatshtup after two hours of listening to the author read owes me money,

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2 out of 5 stars
By krautland on 02-15-18

Terrible performance

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

I made the mistake of buying this book without reading other reviews. Sadly they were right. This is absolutely painful to listen to. I don't understand how they could narrate a book by again and again making longer introductions for each person than the actual sentences those men and women say. It's ridiculous padding.

What could Jonathan Abrams have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Me, reviewer on audible: It's the script. Voice, in my head: It's just painful. Me, same reviewer on audible: who writes like that?

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