Let me start by saying that I have never written a negative review before. I found the story to be really interesting and entertaining. However; after five hours I'm giving up on the narrator. His voice isn't even that bad but the equipment used or maybe poor editing has resulted in every gulp/swallow being heard. After five hours it's like fingernails on a chalkboard.
I enjoyed the story of the MIT Blackjack team. It was an engrossing story that kept you wanting to know more about the team's next experience. My only quibble was that the ending just kind of happened. Not a lot was wrapped up, that there was not much of a conclusion. However, this is sometimes the nature of reality versus a novel and because of that I say it is only a minor quibble. Overall, definitely worth the credit!
A Desert Dweller
I'll echo the sentiments of the previous reviewer. How could this awful narration passed muster as professional? I mean, really, it is beyond a distraction to hear this poor guy swallow a huge hair ball and wheeze his way past his own tonsils every few paragraphs. It gets to the point where you are waiting for it...just....waiting for it and then you realize - wham! You just missed two minutes of dialogue! I couldn't finish the book. Just awful! If the Audible editors have any integrity that will post this review as is - we'll see..
This book was fantastic, well written, exciting, suspenseful, and amazingly enough, simple, straight forward, and truthful.
The format of the book was interesting, divided between a documentary style, and that of a novel, but it ends up working very well.
The story is better than most fiction novels I've read, perhaps the intrigue of it's truth adds some to the suspense, but what an incredible story it is!
I finished this book in record time (which cost me some in my work productivity). I can only offer the highest possible praise for this book. For it's quality of writing, and for it's unbelievable storyline. I can't imagine anyone not being swept away by it.
This is an interesting book, at least at first, but I got a little tired of it. I don't know how many times the author emphasized that these guys were doing nothing illegal, even though they were always in fear of getting caught. I think the one the author was trying the hardest to convince was himself.
We all have something in us that longs for things to be easy for us, to have enough money without having to work for it, to take something like a big casino for all it can be taken for, but when it comes right down to it, conniving a way to do this is not very honest. It is a dangerous way to live. I can't say I was ever on the side of these guys. I didn't like their motive, their lifestyle or the horrible language. I hope they all grew up after this experience.
Not among my top 10, but an interesting story.
I didn't know anything about card counting, so this was fascinating.
I finished it in a weekend.
Provided an insider's view of the gambling.
The story was great, science nerds making a play on Vegas. I understood that when quoting the college kids that there would be some swearing--though perhaps more than I would have liked. However, the author made a point to describe the sexual depravity of the city in a manner that would have merited an R-rating if a film.
I've listened to at least 100 audiobooks, and I'm not sure what the issue people have with the narrator. Take the plunge if the topic interests you and you listen a lot - I don't think the narrator is what people didn't like about the book.
I knew about the book, but saw the movie first. You can definitely see hints of the movie in the book...but the book is much, much better. I find myself getting tired of my commute....this book make me look forward to my three hours in the car each day. Really good.
You know how you feel when you're first getting a cold? You know, where you can feel that lump of phlegm stuck in your throat, and you find yourself subconsciously swallowing harder and harder to try to get rid of it? I think this narrator was coming down with a cold, because all I could hear was his constant swallowing, gulping, gasping, and wheezing--it's very distracting.
The story is entertaining and for the most part well written, though the author does sometimes lapse into stereotypes and cliches.