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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 Baker Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781401326333
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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.”

    Newsday

  • “Electrifying.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Sean Lucas | 2/2/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 1/31/2014

    " Good work with imagination and real events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/27/2014

    " I liked it a lot, but it took awhile for me to get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 1/21/2014

    " Another A+ effort by Moehringer. I was excited to read this after having read The Tender Bar. And like that one, this book was top notch. I loved the way this was written, as well as the story itself. In fact, I could picture this as a movie then entire time. It's so well written, I could see everything happening while I was reading it. In just two books (and work with Agassi on his) Moehringer has climbed very quickly to the upper reaches of my favorite authors, and u sincerely hope he does more. The Tender Bar drew me in, and Sutton has me hooked! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dena Napoli | 1/17/2014

    " I love JR Moehringer's writing style. His book Tender Bar is a favorite. Sutton isn't as good as Tender Bar, but I really enjoyed the book and his Willie is engaging, smart and interesting. If the real Willie Sutton was anything like him, I'd have liked him. Great summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mkaylsworth | 1/14/2014

    " I enjoy the way that Moehringer develops his characters and the twists in the stories as they develop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 12/23/2013

    " If even a small portion of this story is true what a wild life Willie Sutton led. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann-marie** | 12/10/2013

    " excellent book, couldnt put it down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam Knerem | 11/26/2013

    " Interesting read. Liked the format. The end was disappointing because it was so sketchy and a little rushed. It really is a good illustration how people's perspectives blur reality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin Sexton | 11/24/2013

    " Awesome Author writes Awesome Book. Ever since Tender Bar, I have been a massive fan of Moehringer. I bought this book without knowing anything about Willie Sutton, but of course it was awesome. Definitely in my short list of favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina | 11/3/2013

    " I liked the surprise ending. My mom remembers Billy Sutton, it makes me interested in his real story. J R Moehringer's writing is enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Yurick | 5/23/2013

    " This was not the kind of book I usually read, about a bank robber, though I am a fan of historical fiction or " faction". I found the book to be quite interesting and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott McElhaney | 4/20/2013

    " As usual, Moehringer drags you into the story he weaves. This time, he takes a part of American history and a real-life hero/villain and tells the story he believes to be the truth (trust me, this is okay - Sutton's biographies contradict each other). Great story and time well spent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Fisher | 4/6/2013

    " Interesting book about the power of memory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Cuthbertson | 3/29/2013

    " Loved the setting, the time periods that were captured and the characterization...but the ending was a bit lackluster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/16/2013

    " This book is amazing! You keep thinking about it even after you stop reading it. The ending is such a shock and makes you rethink the entire book! Absolutely adored this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan Helzlsouer | 1/21/2013

    " Very good page-turner. Intriguing central figure. Ending was a bit fluffy and disappointing, but overall an absorbing read. What a wild life Sutton led! An interesting depiction of the times, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/16/2012

    " This is an excellent story of Willie Sutton, the bank robber, of depression-era America, of crime and punishment and psychology. You will not be disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl Phillips | 11/26/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. A novel based on the life of Willie Sutton, the bank robber. Excellent and unique writing style. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Dylan Baker is an American stage, screen, and television actor. He attended Georgetown Prep and William and Mary College before earning his BFA at Southern Methodist University, where his passion for acting was ignited with numerous stage roles. Later refining his talents at Yale’s School of Drama, Baker turned professional with big screen roles in movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Delirious, and Love Potion No. 9. His audiobook narration has won him eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards.