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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.
©1963 J. Campbell Bruce; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Veruka on 03-28-14

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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By S. Shelton on 09-03-13

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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By Benjamin101 on 12-12-14

A thought provoking insight into Alcatraz.

What made the experience of listening to Escape from Alcatraz the most enjoyable?

I've always loved Alcatraz - I find it holds such incredible history so just hearing stories about how the inmates lived and the different escape attempts was incredibly interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

Learning about Alcatraz and how the island was a world unto it's own.

What does Patrick Cullen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I chose to listen to this book rather than read it because I got the impression that it would be an awful lot to take in and could at parts be quite boring. Patrick Cullen took a factual book and made it very interesting - I never felt bored and certainly wanted to keep listening.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I thoroughly enjoyed the build up to Frank Morris' escape. The lengths they went to and the risks they took really kept me hooked.

Any additional comments?

If like me you've always wanted to learn more about Alcatraz and what went on over there then this is definitely the book for you.

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By karl on 04-19-16

interesting but I didnt get excited,

The chapter on frank morris was most enjoyable to listen to,not much on capone and hardly anything on tye Birdman unless I fell asleep and missed it.overall honest opion average.

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