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Mob Boss Audiobook

Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D'arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia

Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco, the former acting boss of the Luchese crime family, was the highest-ranking mobster to ever turn government witness when he flipped in 1991. His decision to flip prompted many others to make the same choice, including John Gotti's top aide, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, and his testimony sent more than fifty mobsters to prison. In Mob Boss, award-winning news reporters Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins team up for this unparalleled account of D'Arco's life.
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Alfonso 'Little Al' D'Arco, the former acting boss of the Luchese crime family, was the highest-ranking mobster to ever turn government witness when he flipped in 1991.

His decision to flip prompted many others to make the same choice, including John Gotti's top aide, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, and his testimony sent more than fifty mobsters to prison. In Mob Boss, award-winning news reporters Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins team up for this unparalleled account of D'Arco's life and the New York mob scene that he embraced for four decades.

Until the day he switched sides, D'Arco lived and breathed the old-school gangster lessons he learned growing up in Brooklyn and fine-tuned on the mean streets of Little Italy. But when he learned he was marked to be whacked, D'Arco quit the mob. His defection decimated his crime family and opened a window on mob secrets going back a hundred years.

After speaking with D'Arco, the authors reveal unprecedented insights, exposing shocking secrets, and troublesome truths about a city where a famous pizza parlor doubled as a Mafia center for multi-million-dollar heroin deals, where hit men carried out murders dressed as women, and where kidnapping a celebrity newsman's son was deemed appropriate revenge for the father's satirical novel.

Capeci and Robbins spent hundreds of hours in conversation with D'Arco, and exhausted many hours more fleshing out his stories in this riveting narrative that takes listeners behind the famous witness testimony for a comprehensive look at the Mafia in New York City.

©2013 Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins (P)2013 Tantor

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    Lisa Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-01-13
    Lisa Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-01-13
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    "Well written, accurate information, great narrator"
    If you could sum up Mob Boss in three words, what would they be?

    Accurate, honest, in depth.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mob Boss?

    Al D'arco's memory is like an encyclopedia of the mob!


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes- as stellar as the rest


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me gasp at some points.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended- I've listened to almost every mafia book on audible.com and this one definitely ranks up with the best.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-14-15
    Robert 03-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "slow in the beginning"

    stick with it the first few chapters are boring but it does get ready good the future along the story goes

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phil O. San Diego, CA, United States 01-31-16
    Phil O. San Diego, CA, United States 01-31-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Guy's life shows nuts and bolts of crime business"

    Al D'Arco was not the flashy attention-getting cruel psychopath a la Joe Pesci characters in Scorsese films. He was a more meat-and-potatoes sort of guy in many ways, such as his relations with his wife and kids. He ran several normal businesses (profitably) alongside his criminal businesses. He rose in the Lucchese crime family like a mid-20th-century corporate employee-to-exec type, gradually and unspectacularly. But he did trade in heroin, he threatened and hurt people, and he did operate illegal toxic waste dumps, some of which reportedly handled materials from NYC construction so noxious they would melt the tires of trucks, by dumping them into our waterways and so on. By the time I read that, I realized this guy's outer patina of "relatively humble normal guy" covered just another kind of lousy criminal, straight up. Oh, and his son became a wannabee gangster and junkie, so again, the whole family man thing is a pretty thin tissue of fantasies. This book is a matter-of-fact look in some detail at something quite common: an overlay of legitimate and criminal businesses, a time and a place and a guy who evolved in the middle of it. I see them all the time, so this is not confined to the place and period described.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas McKinney, TX 01-15-16
    Thomas McKinney, TX 01-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Goodfellas"

    I looked forward to finding time to listen to this after I started it. It was like listening to Goodfellas. In fact a lot of those characters are in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brigham 12-15-15
    Brigham 12-15-15

    I am what you might call a literary philanderer...

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    "I got exactly what I wanted out of this book."

    This was an interesting read. I'm not sure I ever wanted to know that much information about the life of a ‘Wiseguy,’ but I got exactly what I wanted out of this book.

    In typical biographical form, the story of Al D'Arco progresses in a chronological, flat, and factual connect the dots game. The delivery, the language, the flow all gave this story a strong feeling of authenticity. At no point throughout the book did I feel I was being sold a load of crap that was difficult to believe. That being said, given the book's introduction by the authors, they inform the reader their intention to write whatever they think is true. They gave Al a chance to provide his story, but that he would have no opportunity to review, edit, or refute anything contained in the narrative before final print. I find this interesting and I reserve the right to being somewhat skeptical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence New Rochelle, NY, United States 02-21-15
    Lawrence New Rochelle, NY, United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Told like it was!"

    A great story,would recommend ,
    From start to finish the story flows
    Makes you feel like you are on the
    Scene.well read and very informative.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 01-23-15
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 01-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Too long, horrible narrator"
    What disappointed you about Mob Boss?

    Too many details, confusing, and horrible narrator.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Down and Under


    What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

    He brought absolutely nothing to the story! So boring to listen to. He ruined the book for me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    This is a long detailed story of mob life. It starts out promising, but falls flat after that. With a different narrator it may have been a whole different experience.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lex 11-17-14
    Lex 11-17-14
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    "Boring!"
    What would have made Mob Boss better?

    A story. Some details. Any characters with an IQ above 75.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but a boring mobster book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Prichard’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Demirep
    LONDON, England
    3/22/14
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    "I wish there had been more."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not only can I unreservedly recommend it, if it wouldn't get me arrested I would even be grabbing strangers in the street and telling them about it. Well written and engaging from the first paragraph, it was let down only very slightly by the reader, who demonstrated a rather narrow range of accents and voices. Mostly that did not matter since all the characters were from the same background but when D'Arco had a (fortunately brief) meeting with a black gangster it did grate somewhat to hear him speaking the same twangy Brooklyn as the Mafiosos. Despite that, Prichard was a good choice for the storyteller. His somewhat flat intonation was a worthy match for a writing style which deflected any revulsion the listener might have about the violence of the criminal life so as to allow concentration on the matter-of-fact, bureaucratic way that crime was organised by D'Arco and his circle.

    For the writing itself, "Mob Boss" is a biography of one man pursuing a Mafia career with the same stolid determination and contextual honesty as an accountant. It was a fascinating and well-constructed insight into a parallel universe, flowing from one incident to the next with the sort of apparent ease that comes only from a lot of very hard work.

    In the introduction we are told that the book is based on hundreds of hours of interview tapes and written statements and I am sure that Capeci and Robbins both suffered many headaches carving that sprawling mountain of information into a coherent narrative. It was a massive piece of work and yet I should think that when they had finished it, they must have been--as I was--sorry to get to the end.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • William
    LARKHALL, United Kingdom
    3/18/16
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    ""Superb""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    100 percent-yes, Several reasons but mainly because its superb


    What other book might you compare Mob Boss to, and why?

    Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires


    Any additional comments?

    The narration of the story was exhalant and well paced. He speaks like you would expect a mobster to speak which makes the book more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    9/14/15
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    "Mob Boss- Life of 'Little' Al D'Arco"

    As this was my 1st audiobook I was a bit skeptical but the narrator kept you intrigued to keep listening (even though it was way past bedtime) & he made you feel a party to the story.
    If your a fan of organised crime/Mafia then you will enjoy this true account of 'Little' Al D'Arco, tracing his life from his early days growing up on New York's mean streets, where the men of respect/mafioso of the 5 Families of Cosa Nostra flourished, to his days in the U.S. Army & then his beginnings as a lowly, loyal street soldier for the Luchesse Crime family to acting boss during its bloodiest years when it's 2 leading Bosses, Anthony 'Gaspipe' Casso & Vic Amuso murdered anyone on a whim to the day he walked into the offices of the FBI to become the families ultimate destroyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anibal
    7/10/15
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    "MB"

    Brilliantly narrated! Great story telling, amazing insight into the life of the Mafia and their lifestyle

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    3/29/15
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    "Best mob book for a long time!"

    This audio book is the best I have heard so far! (And I own a lot) The writing is so in depth, it goes into details about the ins and outs of crimes and sometime legitimate business, it explains the thoughts and feelings of the mobster and intertwines with other mob books. I can't express how great this audio book is! The narrating is especially great! The narrator captures the mood perfectly and I was tempted to buy another book that he was narrating,...... But it wasn't about the mob! If you are interested in the Mafia then this book is a absolute must!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    London, United Kingdom
    7/12/14
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    "A likeable killer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mob Boss to be better than the print version?

    not really but allows you to close your eyes and drift away on a long commute


    What other book might you compare Mob Boss to, and why?

    none


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    He speaks like a mobster


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Shocking that this quite mild mannered mobster is capable of killing at the drop of a hat.


    Any additional comments?

    Shows that there is no honour in this profession. Just paranoia, cold blooded killing and a dog eat dog mentality.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • stu
    Reading, United Kingdom
    12/4/14
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    "Excellent"

    Brilliant just brilliant, so intriguing could not stop listening the best mafia audiobook by a long way

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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