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J Douglas

Higginsville, MO, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James McManus
    • Narrated By James McManus
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    In the spring of 2000, Harper's magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker. But when McManus sets foot in town, the lure of the tables is too strong: he proceeds to risk his entire Harper's advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. Only with actual table experience (he tells his skeptical wife) can he capture the hair-raising subtleties of poker that determines the world champion.

    Dave G. says: "Ted Binion, World Series of Poker, Strippers"
    "What fabulous insight!"
    Overall

    WOW! :O That's the best way to describe this book! Mr. McManus' prose and delivery style is the best I've ever heard from any audio book. The story does start out very grizzly, so be prepared for that if you're sensitive to descriptive violence. Also, be sure that you've taken your blood pressure medicine during the author's recounting of his experience during the WSoP tournament. The way Mr. McManus describes the developement of the hands had me feeling nearly as anxious as if the hands were mine! This is a great book for anyone interested in well written, well delivered dramas, and its a MUST HAVE for anyone with even a passing interest in the game of poker.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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