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The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival | [Stanley N. Alpert]

The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival

On January 21, 1998, the night before his 38th birthday, federal prosecutor Stanley Alpert was kidnapped by a car full of gun-toting thugs. Hoping to make a large withdrawal with his ATM card, they took him, blindfolded, to a Brooklyn apartment, and improvised. All night, his captors alternately held guns to his head, threatened his family, engaged him in discussions of "gangsta" philosophy, sought his legal advice, and even offered him sexual favors from their prostitute girlfriends as a "birthday present."
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Publisher's Summary

On January 21, 1998, the night before his 38th birthday, federal prosecutor Stanley Alpert was kidnapped by a car full of gun-toting thugs. Hoping to make a large withdrawal with his ATM card, they took him, blindfolded, to a Brooklyn apartment, and improvised. All night, his captors alternately held guns to his head, threatened his family, engaged him in discussions of "gangsta" philosophy, sought his legal advice, and even offered him sexual favors from their prostitute girlfriends as a "birthday present".

As Alpert talked with them, played on their attitudes and fears, and memorized every detail he could, his law-enforcement colleagues launched a major police and FBI investigation that would take many strange twists and turns.

Filled with immediacy, drama, and extraordinary characters, The Birthday Party reads like a thriller - but every word is true.

©2007 Stanley N. Alpert; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the most exhilarating, improbable New York stories ever told." (The New York Times)
"Harrowing....An effective, one-two punch of a memoir." (Booklist)

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 04-30-15
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 04-30-15 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    Audible reviews on this audiobook yet, I get to be the first to give one. First, forget the narrator--okay, you don't always get Charlton Heston, but hey, someone is reading you a book, all right?... Now... I first encountered Stanley Alpert's story on 48 Hours Live To Tell. I instantly went looking for the book. This thing is great! It's terrifying, hilarious, engaging and so wacky and off the wall that when Stanley first told the tale to police, they thought he had to be making it up. Movie-style thugs with guns, drugs, sex, compassionate prostitutes who offer hostages freebies, fancy cars, wild rides--all after a simple ATM robbery goes awry. Unless you are obsessed with voice intonations, you can't help but love this audiobook. If you ARE obsessed with voice intonations, get it in print. Great story!

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    Jonathan kalkin Hollywood, CA 12-29-09
    Jonathan kalkin Hollywood, CA 12-29-09

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    The content isn't bad, but the reader is horrible. He sounds like he's reading a children's book. I had to bail out after about ten minutes. I tried to give it another shot and lasted another five.

    I may try the hard copy, because I would like to hear the story, but there's no way I can listen to this guy for another ten minutes, much less ten hours.

    I love my audiobooks, and there are some great readers out there. Then there are some okay ones, and some that are below par. And some just grate on you. This reader, I am sad to say, falls into the latter category.

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