The story is interesting, but the reader is terrible and the language is pure 'street' talk. If you like the "F" word a lot -- you'll love this book. Otherwise, buy the book so you can skip over the trashy language
I'm in my 18th year teaching Spanish and English Literature and Composition. I love to travel and learn about different cultures! I❤Audible!
I read this book when it first came out and I loved it, so when I came across it again on audio, I had to get it! It was just as good the 2nd time around! I love listening to the story of this Blackjack Card Counting team made up of MIT students!! Although it is about real events that occurred, it is told like a fictional novel. I wasn't at all bored at any point in the story, and I could easily picture each character and scene as the story unfolded. The movie doesn't even do the book justice. Had I seen the movie before I read the book, I would have liked it, but since I didn't, I wasn't really impressed...at all. There is so much more that happens than what the movie shows (obviously, or else we would be watching a 10 hour movie, and people do not really want to do that). If you have an interest in Vegas, gambling, and hearing about ways people "beat" systems that only set others up for failure, then this book is for you!
Although I LOVED the audiobook, reading it was even better, in my opinion. This is the first time I have said that about an audiobook vs. printed copy; these days, I prefer the audiobook 9 times out of 10. I'm not sure if it was because it was the first time hearing the story of this team of dedicated geniuses who took Vegas for MILLION$$$ of dollars, or if it was because there were so many interesting pieces of information that I wanted to turn back to and read again (I know that Audible has the bookmark feature, but it's not the same to me as being able to flip back to a marked page). Either way, please do not let my opinion sway your decision to get this audiobook...it is fantastic!
The narration is great, even though in places it seems like you could hear where the recording of the audio stopped and restarted back up (or places it was edited). This also could have just been my phone, too, rather than how it was recorded and edited. This did not take away from my rating, though, because I was so engaged in the story! I highly recommend this book. Thank you for reading my review! :-)
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I finished this book and got a good understanding of what they did but I do fell it was to make the nerds cool,(which is what happened). I was expecting this book have more research and some kind of objective opinion .It read like poor fiction rather than good reporting.
I did enjoy the story, especially the beginning part. However, I read up on MIT team afterwards and a good part of the dramatic stuff didn't happen. I guess the writer needed to do this to create a better story but I feel like it was sold as a completely true story when really most of the characters are composites.
Most interesting part of the story was the beginning where he talks about how he got into card counting and how they do it.
Maybe but I would be very skeptical. His voice was raspy and I didn't think his accents weren't that good. The worst part was the noises he would make with his mouth at some points.
No - think it is a one book story.
Great story but difficult at times to get into because of background noises from the narrator. Swallowing, gasping etc could be distracting . I found that if I listened to it in my car playing it through the radio sound system it wasn't so obvious
I saw several negative reviews about the narrator but I did not find the narration to be a problem at all. The story is interesting. I wonder if things have changed in 20 years making this story impossible today.