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Robert

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  • 21: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    In the midst of the Go-Go '90s, the culture of greed infused the MIT campus. A small blackjack club sprang up, dedicated to counting cards and beating the house at major casinos around the country. The Club grew slowly at first, but by the late 1990s, the right people had come up with the right system to take some of the world's most sophisticated casinos for all they were worth.

    Julie says: "Good Book.. HORRIBLE Narrator"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Overall

    Despite the bad reviews based on the "poor narration", I went ahead and got this book. There is nothing wrong with the narrator. There were no burps, gurgles, wheezing, or gulping to really notice. Not the best narration I ever heard, but certainly not worth some of the scathing reviews.

    I like true crime stories, especially ones where the charater (or perpetrator) is a genuinly likeable guy getting over on the system (think Catch Me if you Can). This book rates right up there and was an exciting read. The movie with the same title does not compare, as it is completly re-written for Hollywood and changes just about everything. The book is MUCH better and details the life of the MIT students who used their brains to beat the system.

    The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the author switches back and forth from his point of view to the main character's, and proves a bit confusing at times. Other than that, an excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joaquin "Jack" Garcia, Michael Levin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    At six-foot-four-inches and 375 pounds, Jack Garcia looked the part of a mobster, and he played his part so perfectly that his Mafia bosses never suspected he was an undercover agent for the FBI. "Big Jack Falcone," as he was known inside La Cosa Nostra, learned all the inside dirt about the Gambino organized crime syndicate and its illegal activities---from extortion and loan-sharking to assault and murder.

    Frank says: "Great Book!"
    "Enjoyable, entertaining listen"
    Overall

    Pros: Compelling listen, never slow, and made immeasurably better by the voice narration that truly seems to fit the character that was Jack Falcone.

    Cons: Much of the book bounces around to other cases that Jack was involved with. Although these side investigations were probably necessary to give a full understanding of the life the undercover agent led, they seems to comprise a good portion of the book. In other words, I was hoping he would delve into his life more with the mob and the crimes they committed. I was expecting more of a gruesome read, but it was fairly tame and never discussed any murders or other horrific events that would have painted the reputation the mafia has.

    Regardless, this book entertained me and was worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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