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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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  • S. Hopkins
  • 20-04-19

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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  • Michael
  • 03-11-20

Seriously Brilliant!!!

I only just recently learned that Adam Roche creates these amazing Hollywood histories on podcast - for free!

When you listen to any one of his audible books you will agree with me that this guy should be creating shows on TV.

I love history and science programs on TV, and on audio, no matter the subject matter. However, I often notice that historians and scientists (Bethany Hughes and Brian Cox being 2 examples) are chosen more for their presentation skills rather than their knowledge of the subject matter (no offence to either).

When it comes to old Hollywood, Adam Roche is an expert at both.

Roche's voice, and obvious love for what he is discussing matched by his depth of knowledge on the subject matter, makes his books not just entertaining but highly engaging and informative.

I actually got his audio as a free download from Audible and while listening to it I keep thinking to myself, "OMG I can't believe this was free".

I don't know who Adam Roche is, bar the fact that he is obviously English and that he has a podcast which Audible has used to create his audio books, but I do know one thing...he is seriously selling himself short releasing these amazing entertaining and informative audios for free. I have paid for, and been satisfied with, audios that aren't nearly as good as this.

Someone, somewhere, in TV land (and in Audible land for that matter!!) should commission this guy to make an epic Hollywood history series - maybe with each part/book/series covering everything that happened in a specific decade - and unleash it on the public.

I can honestly say, having over 300 paid-for audible titles on my phone, ipod and computer, that 2 of Adam Roche's Audible books make it into my Top 10.

Don't hesitate to give anything this guy produces a listen. If you are even remotely interested in old Hollywood, or how Hollywood became the mega world-influencing phenomenon it is today, then you will enjoy these audios.

I look forward to seeing Netflix, Amazon Prime, Channel 4 or BBC waking up to the potential for this type of stuff for TV and hope that when they do, they have Adam Roche writing and presenting it.

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  • sharon ross
  • 29-09-18

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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  • C. Rosani-Allen
  • 20-01-21

gripping

Could not stop listening! absolutely fascinating stories told with great flair. Will listen to more of the same.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-01-21

enthralling

I loved every minute of it. I wish the narrator could do all my books.

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  • Kim
  • 13-01-21

Good listen

I am a big film fan. Thoroughly enjoyed the story. It jumped around quite a bit and I think I would have preferred it to be chronological but that didn’t take away the interesting history.

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  • boggins
  • 11-01-21

a brilliant odessy

a great listen for anyone who loves the history of movies and the people involved

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  • Erin M
  • 13-03-19

Loved it !

I wasn't sure about a 30 parter. I get bored easily and couldn't see myself getting through it all. However it was a free download and I LOVE Adam Roche and his work so I tried it out. I'm so glad I did because it's a treat.

Adam Roche has his usual delivery style. I know some reviews say he's overdramatic and it's irritating but personally I love it. He's great at injecting humour,pathos and sincerity and I find myself swept into another world so easily. I've not found another narrator that can do this so well.

I didn't know anything about Warner Bros other than Looney Tunes so I found the whole story fascinating. The change from growing up close to their final days was devastating. I particularly loved the James Cagney stories - it's rare to hear a love story as great as his and he himself was a fantastic character.

I'd love to see this made into a movie - it has love, affairs, revenge, backstabbing, childhood stories, brotherhood, amateur boxing, Hitler, the introduction of sound in movies, the move into radio, the trends in cinema, contract law, the casting couch, terrible managerial skills, rape, inequality, familial squabbles, illness and death, humour, sadness and so much more.

I'd recommend this amazing series.

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  • julianna
  • 15-04-21

Excellent

A brilliant listen outlining the history of Warner Bros and Jimmy Cagney. Good research that makes me want to watch some classic movies!

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  • nulamanula
  • 20-03-21

absolutely mesmerising!!!

beautiful narration, totally absorbing subject, simply outstanding in every way! Loved every single minute

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-07-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-19

Should be a Movie

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

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  • Ms Tracey C Hemley
  • 15-06-19

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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  • MumOfThree
  • 05-05-19

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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  • kerry Merrill
  • 23-12-19

You won’t be sorry

I am so glad I gave this story a listen.. it was so very very interesting.Not my usual genre.
The Reader is perfect.. a storyteller of someone else’s story ,he reads with so much dignified enthusiasm and empathy.Had me crying and smiling and needing another chapter after chapter . Loved it can highly recommended giving this book a go.You won’t be sorry.

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  • David Hunter
  • 04-12-19

Any Film or History Fan Needs This MASTERPIECE!!

What a wonderful, exhilarating and heartbreaking tale of Warner Bros and James Cagney. The golden age of Hollywood I grew up thinking i'd never care about or pay much attention to because it was Black and White and I was born in 82. I'm so glad it took me back and showed me how great and how scary it was. so proud to have learned what a great man Cagney really was and now I'd love to see all his films.

What a wonderful bunch of Brothers (par 1 Jack Warner) the Warner Bros were and how much they fought their way to show us what a Film is and all from a Pocket Watch ;)

The Narrator Adam Roch bought this to life. He was amazing and I laughed and cried hard many times.

Thankyou.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-19

An enjoyable story

Entertaining and interesting. Good reading voices & engaging story. Interesting to learn about the backgrounds of the Warner brothers.

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  • amanda
  • 18-11-19

FANTASTIC

Brilliantly written, produced and narrated.
Old Hollywood history wonderfully brought to life..can't believe I got this for free..thanks Audible

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  • BookwormDownUnder
  • 28-11-18

Bullets and Blood

Loved loved this. Narrator was excellent and the tales, woes, blood, love, hate, successes and failures all very entertaining, enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable. Great in site to the good old days in Hollywood and it was a freebie! Highly recommend.

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