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.
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Great book! Awesome story!! Narration a bit much.
I am a huge JR Moehringer fan and will read/listen to anything he writes. There is something so honest and soulful about any story he tells, and I'm captivated by him these days.
I admire narrator Dylan Baker as an actor, but I think he missed the mark in his narration performance. It felt like he was talking to every potential listener all at the same time instead of reading the story intimately to one listener--the tone felt forced, strident, a bit overdone. I think his performance caused the story to lose some of its soulfulness and lovely melancholy that Moehringer seems drawn to in the stories he tells.
But hey, overall fairly enjoyable. A great story with great writing makes up for a lot of things. Definitely worth the listen.
wow WOW wow W0W w0w!!!!
Not only am I listening to it again, I am going to listen to it while dirving on a long trip next week because my husband will love it is as much, if not more than I did.
It reads like the best fiction and it's based on a very interesting true story.
Sutton intertwines the most unique little unknown facts about the oddest thingsinto the most facinating stories ...presidents, gangsters, the moon, baseball, the bible...as he relives his life. I couldn't believe some of them were true...THEY WERE. I had to hold off and not google each person mentioned because I didn't want to read too much and ruin the ending. I spent an hour on google his life and people mentioned in the book, afterwards - WOW for a guy who spent so much time in prison he had a lot of wonderful moments.
This book is very much like WATER FOR ELEPHANTS in pace and movement. A life long love story that has you rooting for the bad guy...that's not so bad....lovable actually.
It's not surprising that after looking up what other books Dyland Baker has narrated just now, I found that he narrated my TWO FAVORITE BOOKS of this year - Sutton and Jobs.
His is fabulous - He does different women, men...hippies..yiddish..... the voice from the newsreels.
This book defines an era. Sutton's memories of the depression brought it much closer to home for me and helps one to better understand their heritage. Opinion is one revolving theme in this book that spoke to me - public opinion and how it can be swayed easily and so harsly - What causes family opinion to change -
In the top two of the books I have read this year....Top 10 of the last five years. It's worth the investment. I will be thinking about this book for a long time.