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The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins Audiobook

The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins

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Publisher's Summary

Heroes or villains? You decide....

In the 1960s, London's gangland was ruled by two men: Reggie and Ronnie Kray. Building an empire of crime by intimidation, extortion, and terror on a scale never seen before or since, they feted stars of stage and screen, sportsmen, and even politicians to gain the respectability they craved.

On the March 17, 1995, Ronnie Kray died suddenly of a heart attack while serving a life sentence for murder. His funeral was watched by over 50,000 people. Five years later, Reggie Kray died of cancer, thus closing a particularly dark chapter in the history of London's underworld.

Read by acclaimed actor Martin Shaw, this is the true story of their rise and fall.

©2012 The Copyright Group (P)2012 The Copyright Group

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    susan 01/06/2013
    susan 01/06/2013
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    "good for the early years BUT the later years ....!"

    i was really looking forward to this book but i was terribly disappointed.
    the book spent a lot of time on the early years, especially on their father's life and his 'activities' in crime.
    the latter years of the kray twins seemed to be sketched over somewhat to me.
    i would have liked a larger percentage of the book put onto this era of their lives.
    i shall be exchanging this book for one i really want to keep in my library and read over and over again. i'm afraid this one doesn't do it for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    keith st helens uk 29/11/2016
    keith st helens uk 29/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "True crime"
    Would you listen to The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins again? Why?

    I have read this book but love this version Martin Shaws Cockney and Irish accents is superb


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both reg and Ron


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Loved their early childhood and the escapades with the army


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this I feel I'm there in that period it's very engrossing

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    Alastair 23/09/2016
    Alastair 23/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Martin Shaw reads this and makes it for me
    He describes in his tone what is going on more believable and I enjoyed the listen very much

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    Amazon Customer 11/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "great story"

    a really interesting book lots of facts and well read by martin shaw would recommend to anyone

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    jakeyglen 12/03/2016
    jakeyglen 12/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Well read book"

    Great book interesting and a great reader found the book interesting from start to the end

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    Lee James 20/11/2015
    Lee James 20/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "definitive"

    the best work on this totally addictive story, accurate & adeptly capturing the atmosphere of the time when the twins were London's version of Al Capone. compelling stuff

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    Miss Cl Brannan 30/10/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book but not all true "

    I enjoyed this book it was better than some books about the twins. But still not all is as is wrote I spotted one error and a big piece of krays history missing but all in all a good book

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    L087 26/09/2015
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    "A great insight."

    I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook.
    It was well narrated and the accents/voices were good.
    As the new Tom Hardy film name suggests - the Krays have left somewhat of a Legend - but it was good to separate what is myth to what is truth. I feel better informed now after hearing this.
    I will be recommending and want to learn more on this subject.

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    Sue Bayliss London, England United Kingdom 16/09/2015
    Sue Bayliss London, England United Kingdom 16/09/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent insight in the Kray's"

    I loved this book it gives a good insight into the Kray's and their life.

    if you are interested in the life of Kray's this is a must listen.

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    Missigonis Lincolnshire, UK 07/08/2015
    Missigonis Lincolnshire, UK 07/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Rather annoying narration!"

    If you can get past the narrators whistling nose, noisy silva swallowing and the two people mumbling in the background on the recording part way through ... it's not a bad book. The latter part of the Kray's lives felt a little rushed, but there's plenty of detail throughout their childhood. The narrator can do a good cockney accent ... all his other accents however are cringeworthy!

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    "great story aand it is true"
    Would you listen to The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins again? Why?

    yes - very interesting


    What about Martin Shaw’s performance did you like?

    exceptional - has a great voice to listen to. He gives each character a personality.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ruthless


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
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    "Intriguing story"

    I find the Kray twins fascinating and this book captures their story very well. Enjoyed it so much listened to it for a second time. Great narration!

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  • Sasha
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    "Very interesting"

    Enjoyed the back story of where the twins came from and about life during mid-century England

    only issue was with the performer was the constant swallowing/spit / mouth noises. ..can't these be edited out? His overall reading was great and all the different accents were wonderful

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