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  • Alphaville

  • 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City’s Lower East Side
  • By: Michael Codella, Bruce Bennett
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

In 1988, Alphabet City burned with heroin, radicalism, and antipolice sentiment. Working as a plainclothes narcotics cop in the most high-voltage neighborhood in Manhattan, Detective Sergeant Mike Codella earned the nickname “Rambo” from the local dealers, as well as a $50,000 bounty on his head. The son of a cop who grew up in a mob neighborhood in Brooklyn, Codella understood the unwritten laws of the shadowy businesses that ruled the streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book!

  • By Mema on 03-29-13

Typical arrogant idiot cop BS....

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

He spends the first chunk of the book bragging about crimes he committed and idolizing mob guys then the next part of the book showing no sympathy to the drug addicts and low level drug workers he, for the most part, illegally arrests. This was 9 plus hours of this guy telling us how tough and cool he was with a few interesting stories sprinkled in.If you want to discover why police lose the respect of honest citizens in the inner city by acting like cowboys then give this a listen.Or if you just enjoy hyperbole, exaggeration and self aggrandizing then this too is for you!!

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  • Me, the Mob, and the Music

  • One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells
  • By: Tommy James, Martin Fitzpatrick
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Everyone knows the hits: "Mony Mony," "I Think We're Alone Now," "Crimson and Clover," "Crystal Blue Persuasion." They are nuggets of rock and pop history. However, few know the unlikely story of how these hits came to be. Tommy James had been performing in rock bands in the Michigan area since the age of 12. Prompted to record a few songs by a local disc jockey in 1964, Tommy chose an obscurity titled "Hanky Panky," which became a minor local hit that came and went.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a ride - excellent story, well told

  • By Dave on 03-25-10

Tommy James is an idiot and this book is fluff

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Tommy James is possibly the only person who may like this book

Any additional comments?

This is just a collection of bullet points and Tommy James telling us how great he is despite revealing that he basically intimidated and stole from the song writers who gave him his hits.
He talks more about a random woman he met than his son and contradicts himself atleast a 100 times..garbage.
I will never enjoy Crimson and Clover again...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scary Monsters and Super Freaks

  • By: Mike Sager
  • Narrated by: George Orlando
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Mike Sager is to drugs, porn, and crimes of desperate delusion what Dominic Dunne is to the society murder. In addition to his long-classic Rolling Stone story "The Devil and John Holmes" (which helped inspire the Val Kilmer film Wonderland) and his groundbreaking GQ piece about murdered Irish investigative reporter Veronica Guerin (also the subject of a major film starring Cate Blanchett), Scary Monsters and Super Freaks is a wonderful rogue's gallery of up-close pieces about the most public failures of the American dream.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • George Orlando needs to invest in a dictionary!!

  • By Stantana Jones on 07-16-13

George Orlando needs to invest in a dictionary!!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The stories were interesting yet I found them to be told in a one sided manner, however, the odd thing about it was that throughout nearly each piece the author would flip his sides/takes. Obviously, most stories aren't black and white, yet I found the author wasn't capable of writing in "grey"...perhaps the tone of the reader takes some of the blame?? He was awful, more on him later..

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I think they were all fairly interesting, some more annoying than others thanks to the readers attempt at various dialects...the Rodney King and Savannah stories for example, he gave me douche chills.

What didn’t you like about George Orlando’s performance?

Where do I start..I could be here all day, but instead I will simply state the most obvious and inexcusable, his butchering of pronunciation. For example in the DEA story he actually pronounced "tryst" as "tr-EYE-st" ...that one, after a series of others, actually lead to me turning the book off and having to take a break..otherwise I may have smashed my phone. I am so disgusted that this terrible reading managed to see the light of day..how can countless mispronunciations, incorrectly read names and so on make it past an editor?? How do I get this job? I can read and do lame accents as well, but I also know how to pronounce words properly...

Was Scary Monsters and Super Freaks worth the listening time?

Despite the reader, yes, it was.

Any additional comments?

The narrator is easily the worst I have encountered, thus far,in my career as an Audible listener..however, taking a shot every time he mispronounces a word or screws up a name would make for a brutal drinking game at the wild audiobook clubs I like to imagine existing in smaller towns across America. George, I feel embarrassed for you...Tryst? You botched TRYST???!! Please feel free to point out all my spelling and grammatical errors..just keep in mind I am "no pro" and my only editor is my iPhone with its spiderweb cracked screen ;-)

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