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Bullets and Blood

The Secret History of Hollywood
Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The story of the Warner Brothers studio is the story of the American dream - an immigrant family who escaped a violent beginning, and arrived penniless in America, only to conquer its newest and most lucrative art form. The Warner formula was simple - to thrill audiences with stories torn straight from the headlines, and as such, Warner Studios became the home of the crime film.

Some of the most incredible stories of the twentieth century were born in the mafia, from the shadowy machinations of Al Capone and his war on Chicago's North Side Gang, to the macabre tale of "Il Diavolo" and his juvenile henchmen....

In Bullets And Blood, hear the tale of the crime movie in the twentieth century, the incredible story of the Warner family and those they loved, and of James Cagney, the iron-willed redhead from the belly of New York, who would go on to become their biggest star.

©2017 Adam Roche (P)2017 Adam Roche

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Incredible

absolutely loved this story. we'll put together and narrated. You will find yourself binge listening to the whole series.

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stunning

Wow, if you're a fan of old Hollywood you need to listen to this series. wonderfully narrated and compulsively addictive

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Should be a Movie

Wow...... Great story, stunningly narrated, beautifully produced. Warner Bros should turn this into a movie.

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Total family enjoyment

My kids accidently got listening to it and it was fantastic. One or two scenes I had to quickly skip over, a few swear words, but worth the riveting story.

What a wonderful free surprise!

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Fascinating, heartbreaking, uplifting...

This was absolutely great - totally fascinating, I was addicted from the first episode. I learned so much, I found myself talking to the characters, I laughed and I most definitely cried! There was obviously some poetic license to create drama, but that just adds to the atmosphere...
There's a little bit of not-suitable-for-kids content and a little language but it doesn't ruin the story.
I definitely recommend this to any fan of movies, Americana or history, or anyone who, like me, is just curious. Simply loved it!!!

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Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant!!!

The narration was AMAZING! For sure I will be listening to this book again and I will recommend to my friends.

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Just Brilliant

This story had me hooked from the beginning. The narrator was so perfect I felt I was part of the story! What a story, and with many twists and turns that involved many people from Hollywood's glittering past. A story that spans 100 years.... highly recommended!

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Absolutely captivating

I was hooked by this podcast from the first minute. Incredibly well-researched without ever being boring or dry, Adam Roche makes the already-fascinating history of the Warner Brothers utterly riveting. When's the next series?

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Riviting

An amazing story, well told and kept me entertained, enthralled and totally engrossed thank you.

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Excellent!

This series is exceptionally well written and produced I fell in love with the characters, I rejoiced and anguished with them thanks for the escape into this world my urnest complements.

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  • S. Hopkins
  • 20-04-2019

Incredible. Storytelling At It’s Finest.

This entire piece quite literally brought me to tears by the end of it. Roche’s incredible ability to tell a story that spanned a century brought each and every Hollywood bonafide legend to life, experiencing the highs and the lows of their lives along with them.

The detail that the author went to is astounding and links each episode with perfection. The delivery had me laughing, cheering and crying and even made me think about my own siblings and our relationship, I found myself wondering if it’d be the same types of dynamics and attitudes.

There are a host of forgotten names of Hollywood that are brought to life also, and now, certainly within my own mind, will never be forgotten. There is even the odd dictator and the incredible stands that were taken against him.

Honestly, if you are a fan of old Hollywood and it’s myths and legend (and even if you are not) get this series.

I sincerely hope this will one day be found and commissioned into a TV series that would truly link Movies, TV & Radio of which is the very backdrop of this story.

Thank you Adam for creating something so remarkable that brings back to life the incredible Golden Age of Hollywood.

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  • sharon ross
  • 29-09-2018

Hollywood brought to life

Brilliantly written and fantastic narration. I've always loved old Hollywood and this book is so interesting to learn how it all began. I almost feel guilty that this is currently free to Audible members! Get it now you won't be disappointed.

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  • 26-10-2019

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Interesting story's. 🙂📽🎬🎥🎟🎞🎫🍿
I personally liked the link to organized crime and the mafia.
It's difficult to know what is mith or real without being privileged to references but this is an enjoyable listen. The narrator did a grand job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-2019

Fantastic litsening for long drives.

After reading other peoples reviews of this piece, i have to say it is superb. The narator does extenuate certain words for long effect. However this is not of putting to me, but can undersatnd while it may be to others, that have written reviews. I found myself drawn into the story, wanting to find out what happens next. I found myself wanting to do those long car journeys we all hate, just so i could listen to it. And i have started to listen to it, all over again. If you enjoy the hisotry of Hollywood or have ever been curious about the Warner Bros. Then listen to this its exciting and intising all at once.

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  • Claire Pengelly
  • 20-09-2019

Brilliant

Fantastically Fascinating Factual Story, Loved this tale of sadness, success and Hollywood.
Filled with the humble beginnings and the great achievements of many figure heads, Along with a character you love to hate and the legacy beyond your imagination.
Just wonderful :)

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  • g f price
  • 09-09-2019

Incredible story incredibly told !!

An absolutely first class production telling a quite incredible story. This should be made into an award winning tv series with so many triumphs and tragedies it’s almost unbelievable. Adam Roche has a unique talent for story telling that makes you want to listen on and on and on. His writing and reading are superb and he injects just the right amount of ‘creative drama’ to bring the facts to life in a way that can almost bring you to tears rather than just reeling off straight facts. Unmissable !!

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  • Tafned
  • 27-08-2019

Stupendous story

I loved this, the narration was excellent, the story gripping. Truth is sometimes far more interesting than even the best fiction. I will be listening to it again,

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-2019

Complete movie magic from start to finish<br />

What an absolute delight from beginning to end for anyone interested in the beginnings of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the movie stars and studio chiefs who made the magic come to life. Highly recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-2019

Excellent

Emotional,funny, very interesting. Very well read and written. I enjoyed every minute of it. A

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  • dora coote
  • 10-07-2019

Brilliant

Highly recommended
Absolutely brilliant
Enjoyed every minute every minute of this audible
Very interesting and well narrated

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