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Escape from Dannemora

Richard Matt, David Sweat, and the Great Adirondack Manhunt
Narrated by: Al Kessel
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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It was one of the biggest crime stories of the decade-two deadly killers, desperate and on the run. After months of planning, Ricky Matt and David Sweat cut, chopped, coerced, and connived their way out of a maximum-security prison in the wilderness of upstate New York and managed to elude police for three weeks, sending the region into lockdown and keeping the entire country on edge. The media called it "a bold escape for the ages," and veteran true-crime writer Michael Benson leads us along the story's every wild path to dig out a tale of adventure, psychology, sex, and brutality. 

Escape from Dannemora examines the strange case of Joyce Mitchell, the long-time prison employee who had a sexual relationship with at least one of the killers, and who smuggled them tools and aided in the escape, while they cooked up a plan to kill her husband. In the end, Benson looks closely at conditions at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, a crumbling Gothic pile now under investigation for charges of drug trafficking and brutality.

©2017 Michael Benson (P)2018 Tantor
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  • PJ
  • 19-01-2019

Very interesting and informative

I found this book to be very interesting and informative. This is not meant for those who had followed the story of the escapees very closely but rather for those like myself who didn't know much about it. Really enjoyed the read. My only complaint would be that the book is very good until around 2 hours left when it drops off. Also I'm not sure why but the narrator has a very strange almost mocking voice that he puts on when quoting someone else in the book. Overall though I am very happy that I listened to this book and would recommend it.

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  • Matthew R. Pray
  • 01-03-2019

Inaccurate....from the start.

I am a local that lived through the escape. From the very beginning of the book it is written that the Adirondack Park has over 100 peaks that are over 5,000 feet high. This is inaccurate. We have 46 peaks that are over 4000 feet high and over 100 that are above 3000 feet. If the author can flub up on such a small detail, it frightens me to read what liberties might be taken in the events of the prison escape. I will be returning the book.

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  • Randy YH
  • 21-01-2019

Useful but accents were...tiresome

This book is a nice counterpoint and enhancement for the very entertaining Netflix series about the same event. It gives more of the “law enforcement” side and allows one to better u sweat and this crazy true story.

The only thing I warn is that the reader, who is very good, tends to use a mob-ish, new-yorky, east-coasty accent whenever quoting anyone. It is unnecessary and actually detracts from the listening experience. But it is definitely not a deal breaker. Crazy story!

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  • Jamie
  • 14-02-2019

All over the place....scattered.

Seemed very scattered. The fake accents were a bit much. I basically just had it on as background noise as I drove.