Murder, violence and corruption are words synonymous with organised crime. Its long and bloody history influences all our lives whether we know it or not. But what lies behind these shadowy organisations? Where did they come from and how did their influence become so widespread?
In this extraordinary book, leading crime investigator Martin Short reveals the shocking truth of how the Mafia and other criminal organisations maintain their strength through public demand, as well as extortion and murder. The Rise of the Mafia traces the roots of modern organised crime.
Martin Short has met hundreds of people with first-hand knowledge and has interviewed some of the most powerful mob masters and informers in the business as well as speaking with key police and FBI officers.
©2009 John Blake Publishing (P)2014 Prospero Media
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There's no way THIS production is better than anything, much less the print version! It is poorly produced and badly narrated. I would rather have READ this book than listen to it.
Overall, the book is well-researched, going into detail about many areas of organized crime, often overlooked in other books.
First, this book is about AMERICAN organized crime, so why wasn't an American narrator used? Is the author British also? I found it disconcerting to hear money described in "pounds" instead of dollars in several places. Also, there's something "Un-Mafia" about finding a body in "the BOOT of a car"! I was waiting for Al Capone on go "on holiday" or ask "When will tea be served?
But the major, major flaw here is in the production of the sound recording. I have listened to 2,000+ audiobooks and I have never EVER heard a narrator stumble, cough, take a long pause, and then start a sentence all over again! Plus he could barely pronounce the names of key figures or common words. This, on top of giving other words the British pronunciation when the subject matter is purely American.
Audiobooks cost way too much money for this lackadaisical level of production. Overall, this is a great account of organized crime, from it's very inception. However, I had to stop listening after just a few hours in because the flaws in the recording and narration became irritating. If I can spend my money or use a valued credit, why can't I be assured that Audible.com is giving me a well-made product? Audiobooks need some kind of quality control. With the ease and low cost of digital media, there is no excuse for this poorly produced book.
This is a book better served printed!
The book was great! It was exactly what I was looking for in an historical account of the mafia in the United States.
My only issue is that whoever edited the audio file missed some mistakes. At one point, the narrator coughs in the middle of a sentence and then starts the sentence again. Another time, the narrator messes up a name of a gangster, and then starts the sentence again. There is also a lot of pauses that could have easily been taken out had they edited out.
I enjoyed the narrative very much, though the focus is more on the 20th century than I expected. I would've liked more in-depth treatment on the material on the history going back a few centuries rather than the Frank Sinatra bit. Still, this was an informative and entertaining read.
That being said, it was performed at a snail's pace. I'm guessing the narrator was instructed to read this way, but there were numerous long pauses that led me to believe my headphones went out or a call was coming in when I listened on my phone.
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