Audiobabble| Becoming Bonnie

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Everyone knows who Bonnie Parker was, epsecially when twined with the name of Clyde, history tells us that they were infamous criminals, but this story tell us a tale about Bonnie before she became a thief and murderer.

Running Time – 12 hours

Narrator – Susan Bennett


The summer of 1927 might be the height of the Roaring ’20s, but Bonnelyn Parker is more likely to belt out a church hymn than sling drinks at an illicit juice joint. She’s a sharp girl with plans to overcome her family’s poverty, provide for herself, and maybe someday marry her boyfriend, Roy Thornton. But when Roy springs a proposal on her and financial woes jeopardize her ambitions, Bonnelyn finds salvation in an unlikely place: Dallas’ newest speakeasy, Doc’s.

Living the life of a moll at night, Bonnie remains a wholesome girl by day, engaged to Roy, attending school, and working toward a steady future. When Roy discovers her secret life, he embraces it – perhaps too much, especially when it comes to booze and gambling – and she tries to make the pieces fit. Maybe she can have it all: the American dream, the husband, and the intoxicating allure of jazz music. But her life – like her country – is headed for a crash.

Bonnie Parker is about to meet Clyde Barrow.

I cannot remember where abouts I got to learn about this book, probably trawling through Goodreads or Amazon, but I was immedialty attracted to the sight and sound of it, plopped it into my basket, sent the link to my phone and bobs your uncle!

The Narrator was well chosen, because she had an accent just like I imagained all the charecters in the book had, being from the UK, I am no expert in US accents, but I am sure it was texan and it really gave that edge to the book, made it a little bit more real and inviting to me.

I really love my audiobooks and am disappointed when I do not enjoy it after spending a credit on it, I had no worries about this one and am really looking forward to next year and the conclusion of this…well we all know what really happened.. but I am interested how she is going to end it.

I admit to not really knowing wether this is truth or some reality with author imagination, but the story takes us on a journey with Bonnelyn, how poor and desperate a times she lived in and her families struggle to cope with it.

She has a serious relationship with Roy her boyfriend at the time we meet her and he seems a hard working young man, who saves up to buy them a delapadated house in which they work together to do up.


Screenshot of my listening


The turning point of the story is when she goes to get a job with her best friend in an illegal speakeasy to try to make ends meet, where she meets a variety of people and eventually Clyde. I think I shall leave it there, as I want you to read or listen for yourselves.

I am for sure going to get this in hardback for my book collection and will for sure re listen at some point, probably nearer the time of the next release.

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