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Jedd

Vienna, VA, USA

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  • Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. J. English
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (178)

    Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

    Paul Abbott says: "Not for reactionaries"
    "An Extremely Interesting and Compelling Read"
    Overall

    Havana Nocturne is a must read for anyone interested in the 1950s mafia expansion into Cuba. As a great admirer of Meyer Lansky, this book provides valuable insight into his cunning business practices and how the "Little Man" successfully led the Havana Mob. I found myself looking forward to my morning and afternoon commutes just so I could check-in on Lansky and his cohorts.

    This book would be an absolute 5-stars for me, but for the narration. It took me several hours to get used to Mel Foster's dry and seemingly monotone voice, which reminded me of the teacher in Ferris Bueller.

    Nonetheless, I absolutely recommended this book and hope that all my credits are as well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ted Conover
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (65)

    As he struggles to be a good officer, Ted Conover angers inmates, dodges blows, works to balance decency with toughness, and participates in prison rituals - strip frisks, cell searches, cell "extractions" - that exact a toll on inmates and officers alike. The tale begins with the corrections academy and ends with the flames and smoke of New Year's Eve on Conover's floor of the notorious B-Block. Along the way, Conover also recounts the history of Sing Sing.

    Steve says: "THE BEST BOOK ON PRISON LIFE I HAVE EVER READ!!!"
    "Awesome Book -- Well Worth the Credit!!!"
    Overall

    A very easy read and seemingly accurate account of prison life at the infamous Sing Sing state prison outside of New York. The interesting twist here is that we get the story from the perspective of a newly minted C.O. -- a "Newjack." The narration was above-average, although some of the character voices were a tad on the funny side. In any event, I highly recommend this book and consider it a credit well spent.

    3 of 3 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
    (152)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    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!"
    "An Exciting and Compelling Read!!!"
    Overall

    I am huge fan of mafia books and this one did not disappoint. The story was gripping and the narration was excellent. I highly recommend this book and rank it right up there with Havana Nocturne.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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