Having grown up in a city and amidst some irreputable characters, I certainly loved the realness and rawness of this audiobook. The crime aspect is entertaining enough, but the narration in that NY brogue makes you feel like you are living the story through the author's eyes. Get it - you will not be disappointed. Great mob vs. police stuff.
I would rate Takedown in my top 20 of over 500 audiobooks listened to.
The story is so absorbing, it's impossible to stop listening. Christopher Merloni nails the NYC dialect of the characters while keeping the narrative clear and understandable.
The perspective of an undercover cop who has to live 3 separate lives while keeping up his cover is like a tightrope act.
Incredibly intense story and I found it more entertaining than Donnie Brasco, which took place around the same time period.
This book is entertaining and educational. It shows what the real Mafia is about - ripping off honest businessmen, who pass the costs to the consumers. A bunch of thugs and bullies who make million, maybe billions, by monopolizing the garbage and recyclying business in the NYC area.
The author was an organized crime detective who went undercover wearing a wire for three years. Lots of suspense, and many dangerous moments when he could have been exposed and killed.
the narrator is fantastic The story is not for children but it is a great read Yes
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Everything the man is a great actor and reads this book to perfection.
I would buy this book if I were looking for a great story that is read perfectly
I cannot believe this was non-fiction. The writer, a former undercover NYPD cop, explained the tale of how he infiltrated to the top of the city's mafia-controlled trash industry and exposed the gangsters. The tales he narrates span 3 years, yet the narration is not dragged on. Both the general overview of the mission and the breath-taking dangerous moments are captured. It is well-written, thrilling to listen to, and quite incredible.
I would have loved to listen to 10 more hours about details of the operation. The narration completely leaves out the cop's domestic life, for example. How did his wife and kid take all this undercover business? What happened after the operation was completed? But it is understandable that these personal details are left out except for a few sentences (along the lines of "this period was very difficult for my wife.").
It may be a great, gripping book, but I found the language too offensive for my taste and ended up shutting it off after the first five or 10 minutes of listening to it. Given the subject matter I probably should have expected it, but was still disappointed.
Wish that had been disclosed before I bought it ...