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  • Vinny Gorgeous

  • The Ugly Rise and Fall of a New York Mobster
  • By: Anthony M. DeStefano
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

A vain man of good looks, small means, and no family links to the mob, Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano steadily worked his way up to acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, becoming its leader when official boss Joseph Massino went to the clink in 2003. But at a time when the Mob was crawling with secret operatives and informants caving to government pressure to flip, Basciano obeyed the code of La Cosa Nostra. "I got faith in one guy," he told a group of mobsters during a secretly taped meeting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Details

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-16-19

Details

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-19

Loves it, but it left me wanting a more detailed story on Mobster Vinny Gorgeous.

  • The 12th Planet

  • Earth Chronicles Series, Book 1
  • By: Zecharia Sitchin
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

The product of 30 years of intensive research, The 12th Planet is the first book in Zecharia Sitchin's prophetic Earth Chronicles series - a revolutionary body of work that offers indisputable documentary proof of humanity's extraterrestrial forefathers. Travelers from the stars, they arrived eons ago, and planted the genetic seed that would ultimately blossom into a remarkable species...called Man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tough listen to start with

  • By D. Dooley on 01-22-18

Great read

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-19

Loved it, it is a very interesting book. It really makes you think about the world.

  • Gomorrah

  • A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System
  • By: Roberto Saviano
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

A groundbreaking major best seller in Italy, Gomorrah is Roberto Saviano's gripping nonfiction account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network with a large international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic-waste disposal. Known by insiders as "the System," the Camorra affects cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opener

  • By Roy on 02-20-09

Camorra

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-19

I loved this book, it was easy to read and it not have a hard time following the book at all. i just wish they would have written it more about various Modern Sicilian Families.

  • Wiseguy

  • By: Nicholas Pileggi
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Pileggi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

This is the true-crime bestseller that was the basis for Martin Scorsese’s film masterpiece GoodFellas, which brought to life the violence, the excess, the families, the wives and girlfriends, the drugs, the payoffs, the paybacks, the jail time, and the Feds... with Henry Hill’s crackling narration drawn straight out of Wiseguy and overseeing all the unforgettable action.

Read it and experience the secret life inside the mob - from one who’s lived it. Now with an introduction by Martin Scorcese.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The abridgment killed it

  • By Clay G. on 07-09-15

Good Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-19

I loved this book, but i wish it were longer. Also what about his final years.

  • Made Men

  • The True Rise-and-Fall Story of a New Jersey Mob Family
  • By: Greg B. Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

For years, the DeCavalcantes, the most powerful Mob family in Jersey, labored in the shadows of the more famous families in New York - the likes of the Gambinos and the Columbos. Dismissed by the big-city capos, the DeCavalcantes finally came into their own when they found their lives mirrored in the television hit, The Sopranos. Overnight it legitimized the made men of the Garden State. Now they were a familia to be reckoned with. Unfortunately with high profile came high risk. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating! I couldn't put it down...

  • By Arthur F. on 10-23-18

Great Read?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Great Read, wish i got to read more about The New Jersey Decavalcante family. Anymore good books??

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  • The President Street Boys

  • Growing Up Mafia
  • By: Frank DiMatteo
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Frank DiMatteo was born into a family of mob hit men. His father and godfather were shooters and bodyguards for infamous Mafia legends, the Gallo brothers. His uncle was a capo in the Genovese crime family and bodyguard to Frank Costello. Needless to say, DiMatteo saw and heard things that a boy shouldn't see or hear. He knew everybody in the neighborhood. And they knew him...and his family. And does he have some wild stories to tell....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dont get if you dont know some back ound already

  • By h w on 08-23-16

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Great Book, enjoyed the read. the reader kept it flowing good glad not monotone voice

  • The Sinatra Club

  • My Life Inside the New York Mafia
  • By: Sal Polisi, Steve Dougherty
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

The Mob was the biggest, richest business in America...until it was destroyed from within by drugs, greed, and the decline of its traditional crime family values. And by guys like Sal Polisi. As a member of New York's feared Colombo Family, Polisi ran the Sinatra Club, an illegal after-hours gambling den that was a magic kingdom of crime and a hangout for up-and-coming mobsters. But the nonstop thrills of Polisi's criminal glory days abruptly ended.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The gangster with a heart of gold...

  • By Rodney on 03-03-18

Great Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Loved it, good read, good story. Better then the other book of his life "Sins of the Father".

  • Deal with the Devil

  • The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer
  • By: Peter Lance
  • Narrated by: Peter Lance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

In Deal with the Devil, five-time Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter Peter Lance draws on once-secret FBI files and exclusive new interviews to disclose the epic saga of Colombo family capo Gregory Scarpa, Sr., who spent more than 30 years as a paid Top-Echelon FBI informant while wreaking havoc as a drug dealer, loan shark, bank robber, hijacker, high-end securities thief - and killer. A Mafia capo who "stopped counting" after 50 murders, Greg Scarpa was enlisted by the FBI as early as 1960.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story. Terrible Reader.

  • By Paula Weston on 10-21-17

Great Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-18

Great Book, struggled to finish it. But it's worth the read once i finished it.

  • Meyer Lansky: The Infamous Life and Legacy of the Mob’s Accountant

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Scott Clem
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

 Meyer Lansky: The Infamous Life and Legacy of the Mob’s Accountant profiles the controversial life of one of organized crime’s most notorious figures. You will learn about Meyer Lansky like never before. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good read

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-11-18

good read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This was a good read, however i wish it was a bit longer to read