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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,501 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. R. Moehringer Narrator: Dylan Bake Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Born in the slums of Brooklyn in the first year of the twentieth 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 extensive 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “What Hilary Mantel did for Thomas Cromwell and Paula McLain for Hadley Hemingway … J. R. Moehringer now does for bank robber Willie Sutton.”


  • “Electrifying.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alexis | 2/14/2014

    " I liked the structure of this novelization of bank robber Willie Sutton's story. It begins with his release from prison on Christmas Eve in 1969 and his trip around New York City on Christmas Day with a reporter and photographer. As they visit his old haunts the story switches to the past, providing snippets of Sutton's developing life of crime, and then back to the present and his interactions with the two newspaper guys. The part taking place in the present is in italics and the part in the past in regular font. Also, Moehringer doesn't use quotation marks to set off the dialogue. Fortunately it's still easy to tell who's speaking, not an easy trick to pull off without sounding stilted. I wasn't expecting the hints of delusional thinking towards the end and this made me like the book less. Otherwise I would have given it four or five stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michelle (tinyturtle88) | 2/12/2014

    " This took me a while to get through. I listened to the audio version. The reader Dylan Baker's voice was perfectly suited for this time period book starting around the 20's. It was interesting enough to hear about one of the most famous bank robbers, but I found it to be quite underwhelming and not so 'fast-paced' as the synopsis had alluded to. I actually thought that the flashbacks and rotation of past to present was smart-ish. It wrapped up a little confusing though, after 13 discs you didn't know quite what was real or imagined so I felt a bit empty at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chrystal McKay | 2/9/2014

    " The Book was an easy enough read, but the story simply wasn't as fascinating as I hoped it would be. With the topic of a notorious bank robber, action and adventure was what I thought the book would have. But the bank heist stories were slow and uninteresting and the inter-woven life story didn't focus on any of the details I thought were interesting. I probably wouldn't recommend it but I wouldn't say it isn't worth the time either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sean Lucas | 2/2/2014

    " I found this book profoundly sad. That didn't stop me from enjoying it. "

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About the Author

J. R. Moehringer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in Denver, Colorado.