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Black Mass Audiobook

Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, The FBI, and a Devil's Deal

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Publisher's Summary

In this gritty New York Times best-seller, the true story of a crooked deal between the FBI and the Irish Mob is exposed. By providing a penetrating look into the mean streets of mid-1970s South Boston, the author shows how two kids from the neighborhood cross paths again years later, ending in the biggest informant scandal in FBI history.

©2012 Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Mary J. 04-08-15
    Mary J. 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Liked it ....for awhile"

    Gangsters, cops, FBI, dames and dolls. Good guys (who weren't), bad guys (depending on circumstance and outlook at any moment). Enjoyed it for awhile - 'til it got too long, too much the "same old". Did finally finish the last chapters after several months hiatus. Humanity finds a way to disappoint.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    robert 10-29-15
    robert 10-29-15
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    "I never got past the second chapter."

    just the facts this book is a man reading basically history and not a very exciting way narrators tone did little to help this
    information because it couldn't be considered a novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John L. Mahan Boston, MA 06-18-15
    John L. Mahan Boston, MA 06-18-15 Member Since 2013

    Jack Mahan

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    "Excellent!"

    Well written and performed. Of all the books out there on Bulger, this is one of the best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 01-24-13
    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 01-24-13
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    "Informative and Well Done"
    Where does Black Mass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Whitey because he was what every lover of organized crime books wants to read about


    What about John Rubinstein and Christopher Evan Welch ’s performance did you like?

    It was well done and well read. That seems like something all audio books have, but it is NOT.


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

    Nothing exreme. Just well done.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brigham 02-23-16
    Brigham 02-23-16

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

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    "The damage of the insider threat"

    What does it look like when a member of the legal community shifts his/her allegiance to a criminal power? I give you John Connoly.

    Nearly 30 years of criminal activity in South Boston was actively defended by FBI agents. This book thoroughly examines the history as told by two Boston reporters. Research conducted includes eye-witness reports, grand jury testimony, and FBI records. Some may call this book dry. For me, the insights and realities were delivered in a way that was both exciting and informative.

    I read this book as another view of what insider threats can do to a person, an organization, and in this case, an entire community. The FBI reputation was devastated. South Boston's very anatomy was changed forever. The criminal underworld gained unprecedented ground.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 02-03-17
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    "slow, dull"
    Would you try another book from Gerard O'Neill and Dick Lehr and/or John Rubinstein and Christopher Evan Welch ?

    No


    Has Black Mass turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was the best part of this book


    What character would you cut from Black Mass?

    I am not sure


    Any additional comments?

    This was not as exciting as I had exspected

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    laineybug 05-10-16
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    "Interesting Story - can't wait to see the movie"

    I love "true stories" that are made into books & movies. the narrator did a good job with keeping his voice in such a way the story gets boring or mundane.

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    David 02-16-16
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    "ready for the movie"

    was good easy to follow after
    and the narrator did a swell job.
    I've listened to many other mafia based and I've learned more about CNL

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    weekend mechanic 12-21-15
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    "Too many facts to keep track of for audio format"

    Bought this book about the time the movie came out. The movie looked interesting so hoped as in most cases the book would be more in depth and explain the state of mind that a movie has to leave to the viewer to interpret. Unfortunately instead of a narrative like the movie, the book is more of a documentary. With so many names, date and places it is difficult to keep track of them all. When they are referenced in later chapters it is hard to remember their relevance. In a print book you could simply flip back and review, but that is hard to do with an audio book.
    This book is well written, interesting and a complete accounting of the crime career of Whitey Boldger. If that is what you looking for buy the print version. Hopefully someone is working on a novel more like the movie. I would like to listen to that.

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    Dave 12-14-15
    Dave 12-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Now I want to visit Boston"

    For full effect, blast a Dropkick Murphys song before every listening session. Hope the film is half as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    11/8/16
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    "Really enjoyed this book."

    Came to this book after seeing the film black mass. enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the film.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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