Escape from Alcatraz

  • by J. Campbell Bruce
  • Narrated by Patrick Cullen
  • 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mobster Al "Scarface" Capone, "Machine Gun" Kelly, Robert Stroud, aka the Birdman: only the most violent, desperate criminals went to Alcatraz Island, called "The Rock" and known for its harsh conditions. This gripping true crime classic, originally written in 1963 and newly reissued, tells the story of life on The Rock and of 14 ingenious escape attempts by the prisoners. Most notable perhaps was Frank Morris, whose daring plan of escape was the basis for the memorable 1979 Clint Eastwood movie Escape from Alcatraz.

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What the Critics Say

"Dramatic...thrilling...remarkable." (Los Angeles Times)
"Much more than a prison chronicle, much more than a tale of escape." (Chicago Tribune)

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Customer Reviews

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Four star history

Would you consider the audio edition of Escape from Alcatraz to be better than the print version?

I think it would be easier to read than to listen to, it is more historical than entertaining.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Escape from Alcatraz?

Probably the information on the way they kept the prisoners isolated from each other and without any news on the outside.


What about Patrick Cullen’s performance did you like?

I think he did a great job in general.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Prison of the mind.


Any additional comments?

If you are a history buff than you will like this detailed account of Alcatraz and its detailed account of some notorious inmates.

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- Lala

I want more!

After listening to this book, I want to learn more about the prison. I really enjoyed the Bird Man of Alcatraz movie and now I want to see if there is a book about him. The history of the island, Al Capone, the escapes and the escape methods were fascinating. If you like history, this book moves along and is not boring.
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- S. Shelton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.