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Brian

Mount Juliet, TN, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • One Ranger: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By H. Joaquin Jackson, David Marion Wilkinson
    • Narrated By Rex Linn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    When his picture appeared on the cover of Texas Monthly, Joaquin Jackson became the icon of the modern Texas Rangers. Nick Nolte modeled his character on him in the movie Extreme Prejudice. Jackson even had a speaking part of his own in The Good Old Boys with Tommy Lee Jones. But the role that Jackson has always played the best is that of the man who wears the silver badge cut from a Mexican cinco peso coin, a working Texas Ranger.

    Roy says: "Texana"
    "Hard to listen to this one"
    Overall

    It seems that most of this book is filler and not the type of content I expected. The narrator does a poor job and mispronounces many words. The book does have some very interesting stories and at times pulls you in. Those passages are too few and spread out. This is the first book I ever bought that I wished I had opted for the abridged version instead.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Rat: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jimmy Breslin
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Jimmy Breslin can sniff out a story like he can sniff out a rat. Here, he tells a lifetime of anecdotes in his inimitable New York voice, giving us a view through the keyhole of the people and places that define the Mafia: characters like Sammy the Bull, the original snitch; Gaspipe Casso, named for his weapon of choice; and hangouts like Pep McGuire's, the legendary watering hole where reporters and gangsters (all hailing from the same working-class neighborhoods) rubbed elbows and traded stories.

    Brian says: "Not so good of a rat"
    "Not so good of a rat"
    Overall

    I am fascinated by stories about the mafia. However this book is long winded and not fascinating at all. The author laments the death of the mafia and glorifies these guys at times. I liked 'Mob: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime' much much better. If you want to hear stories about the kinds of things these guys did without praising them or getting the feeling the author misses them, look elsewhere.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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