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Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia | [Joseph D. Pistone]

Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia

Posing as a jewel thief Donnie Brasco, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone worked undercover for six years to infiltrate the flamboyant and deadly community of Mafia wise guys, captains, and bosses. Now his eyewitness account brings to pulsing life the code of honor, loyalties, treacheries, and dirty dealings of unforgettable characters.
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Publisher's Summary

Posing as a jewel thief Donnie Brasco, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone worked undercover for six years to infiltrate the flamboyant and deadly community of Mafia wise guys, captains, and bosses. Now his eyewitness account brings to pulsing life the code of honor, loyalties, treacheries, and dirty dealings of unforgettable characters.

©1987 Joseph D. Pistone with Richard Woodley; (P)2009 Audio Holdings, LLC

What the Critics Say

"So entertaining you have to remind yourself it's deadly serious." (Boston Globe)
"Compelling and gripping....Raw, hard-hitting non-fiction at its best....A revealing investigative work." (Toronto Star)

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    Powrie Sydney, Australia 09-19-11
    Powrie Sydney, Australia 09-19-11
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    "Straight from the horses mouth..."

    This is an awesome audio book, period. Rarely do you get a chance to hear this kind of stuff from someone who was actually 'in' the mafia... You will hear some things that are not in the movie. One final point about this is that Joe Pistone (author and narrator), is easy to listen to. Johnny Depp came scarily close to imitating his voice in the film, its easy to imagine its actually him narrating this at times. You will not be disappointed!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-04-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-04-11 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Maybe better than the movie!"

    The movie is outstanding and the audio book may be even better as it includes actual recordings between Pistone and the mobsters, which is pretty eerie to hear now. The only negative - for a former FBI agent, you would think Pistone would be able to read better....

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    guenthecat Dallas, TX 12-18-14
    guenthecat Dallas, TX 12-18-14 Member Since 2015

    Hobby costumer, wannabe jewelry maker, recipe hoarder, fancier of DIY house projects that may never get done, and all around daydreamer.

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    "Not as good as it could have been"
    What did you like best about Donnie Brasco? What did you like least?

    I love the Donnie Brasco movie and I've been wanting to read this memoir for quite some time. I wish he had hired a writer to help him with this memoir because this story has so much potential to be incredible. But it's just a memoir from a guy who isn't a writer in any way trying to communicate this incredible thing that happened. And then they let him narrate it. He's not a performer. It takes a lot of talent to perform audio books. It's not just something you do, much like writing a book takes skill.

    But I will say this, I Really appreciated and enjoyed the real life audio clips between the characters in the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rodney Florida 05-01-13
    Rodney Florida 05-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Audiobook"

    This is a great audiobook, my only complaint is that it's abridged, I would have much had a longer unabridged version. However, even abridged this is great as it's read by Pistone who does a good job but the thing that puts it over the top are the actual recordings that are weaved into the production. It's rare that any publisher puts any effort into non-fiction audiobooks so they deserve credit when they pull it off.

    The book goes hand in hand with the movie and also points out how the movie plays loose with the facts. Growing up in the Tampa Bay area and seeing the movie, I had no idea that half of this book took place only a few minutes from where I grew up. I had no idea that all those bingo halls that were all over the place, normally in abandoned supermarkets were mob run. I only bring it up since in the movie everything outside of NY takes place in or around Miami, which isn't actually true most of the time.

    Other things that make this great is when they're talking about flying to Florida to get a few hundred dollars -- it takes away from the whole glamorous angle of things when you realize the lower level guys are taking $39 flights to pick-up $250 at a time.

    Anyways it's a great book, if you enjoyed the movie you'll enjoy the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jared 02-13-15
    jared 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Story was great the execution not so much"

    The story itself is fascinating the execution somewhat troubling the story was mired with the Italian American accent which made it hard to follow.

    However Pistone's account is a great story to read if maybe not this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 01-28-15
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just ok not quite long enough."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. It was abridged and not enough information.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Unabridged and different narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Joseph D. Pistone’s performance?

    He read it like a text book or newspaper. He doesn't pronounce words properly and seems uneducated.


    Do you think Donnie Brasco needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not this one.


    Any additional comments?

    May the unabridged would be better as long as it wasn't narrated by Pistone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy whitehall, MT, United States 10-18-11
    Randy whitehall, MT, United States 10-18-11
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    "If you've seen the movie no need to waste a credit"

    Great book, I wish it would have had more details, the only mistake they made is letting pistone read this, after awhile you get used to him reading but. You know that one kid in class that when he reads he has no emotion in his voice and just reads everything as quick as he can? Imagine three hours of it, the movie is Defenetly nailed it, the only benefit of getting it here is there's maybe like seven recorded phone calls.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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