©1987 Joseph D. Pistone with Richard Woodley; (P)2009 Audio Holdings, LLC
"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)
An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
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....
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!
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.
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.
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