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Max Riley

Austin, TX
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  • The Killing of Tupac Shakur

  • By: Cathy Scott
  • Narrated by: Elise Black
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Poet, movie star, revolutionary - Tupac Amaru Shakur was the most popular rapper in the world. No one symbolized the violence at the heart of gangsta rap more than Tupac, and he ultimately fell victim to that violence, gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas at the age of 25. This raw, no-holds-barred account discloses new information about the unsolved murder of Tupac: the failed investigation, the rap wars, the killing of Biggie Smalls, the Bloods-Crips connection, and the many possible motives leading to the murder that rocked the music world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dead of alive, Tupac lives on.

  • By Maria Becker on 10-11-18

This is some heavy research. Very impressive!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

What really stands out about this book is the research. It's painstaking. The attention to detail is extraordinary. Most authors blow off this kind of detail, but Ms. Scott's extra effort helped me feel like I was there, riding in Tupac's car, or with police detectives. I'm more of a fan of crime stories and detective work than of rap music, but the story she tells about Tupac's life and background really makes me relate to and like the guy. Still, it is the exhaustive research and details of the investigation that made me unable to stop listening. Even if you know nothing of rap or Tupac, like me, this is a fascinating listen.

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  • Mayfly

  • By: Jeff Sweat
  • Narrated by: Kasi Hollowell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies in her tribe's small enclave outside what used to be a big city. Now she’s a teen and old enough to become a Mama. Making babies is how her people survive - in Jemma’s world, life ends at age 17. Survival has eclipsed love ever since the Parents died of a mysterious plague. But Jemma’s connection to a boy named Apple is stronger than her duty as a Mama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Handmaid's Tale meets The Hunger Games

  • By Anonymous User on 08-21-18

An amazing adventure!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

I enjoyed this book immensely. It was well written, the characters were thought out, the names of places creative and the story flowed well. Would recommend. Leaves me wanting more. *****

  • Whale Hunt in the Desert

  • Secrets of a Vegas Superhost
  • By: Deke Castleman
  • Narrated by: Ed Walters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Whale Hunt in the Desert divulges the unbridled lengths to which casinos go to bag the world's biggest gamblers - the whales. This definitive exposé reveals the shrouded world of ultra-high rollers and the Faustian pacts they forge with their hosts, the casino representatives whose job it is to part them from their fortunes. Private jets, penthouses, personal chefs, show-up money, rebates on losses, and the most beautiful women on Earth - nothing is too excessive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wondered what it was like to be a high roller?

  • By Max Riley on 07-10-18

Wondered what it was like to be a high roller?

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

If you want to hear about Las Vegas's highest of high rollers, "whales," and what a casino will do to keep them happy, then this story won't fail to satisfy. Along the way you'll meet Steve Cyr, a young Turk casino host. A host is the casino's employee whose job it is to look after the big players and to keep them happy and, more importantly, keep them coming back and gambling more and more.

Much of the book is built around Cyr and his style (his style can be both inspiring and annoying). Cyr is about 70% time-share/condo salesperson and 35% cruise director and 10% Kato Kaelin (yeah, he's 115%). But the story is more than Cyr and his successful effort to modernize the way casinos market to high rollers. You'll meet some of the whales themselves. You'll find out about the mini-palaces casinos have built just for them. And one subject usually kept off the record is covered: do casinos provide sex to their top players?

The audiobook is not a superficial People Magazine of famous celebs who frequent Vegas. It's about both sides of the table, the whales and the casinos and hosts who harpoon them. The dark side of gambling is offered up as gamblers spin downward out of control, losing millions. There are plenty of details and that's what really distinguishes this. Other books have touched on the fantasy of the high roller's life. Such as Lifestyles of a High Roller, Anderson's Burning the Tables, Rubin's Comp City and a couple specials on the Travel Channel, but nothing has offered up the depth or detail of Whale Hunt.

The only thing missing from the audiobook is more.

  • The Frugal Gambler

  • By: Jean Scott
  • Narrated by: Diane Neigebauer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Learn the low-roller secrets for: staying free at hotel-casinos; beating casino promotions; eating and drinking on the house; playing video poker for profit; getting bumped from airplanes and flying free; and much more! Though Jean Scott was well-known to a select few Las Vegas aficionados throughout the '90s, it wasn't until the publication of The Frugal Gambler in 1998 that she became a household name to casino players across the country. And now The Frugal Gambler is completely revised and updated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book For Every Gambler!

  • By Kris on 09-02-18

Wonderful help in navigating casinos

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Jean has terrific insights both for frugal people like her and for people like me who treat it as a game. I have a better understanding of how the comp system works and how to play it after reading the book than I did before. I also have a new respect for casino fun-books and the possibilities for turning negative expectation games into positive expectation ones by using a small value coupon.

Thanks, Jean

  • Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas

  • By: Matthew O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Alan Carlson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

What secrets do the Las Vegas storm drains keep? What discoveries wait in the dark? What's beneath the neon? Armed with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton, Las Vegas CityLife writer-editor Matthew O'Brien explored the Las Vegas flood-control system for more than four years. Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas chronicles O'Brien's adventures in subterranean Vegas. He follows the footsteps of a psycho killer. He braces against a flood. He parties with naked crack-heads. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get really inside Las Vegas

  • By cosmitron on 07-08-18

A Must Read!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Matthew O'Brien has done an extraordinary job in taking the grittiness and somber realities of homelessness and presented the issue in a way that makes one want to help. Anyone who writes about homelessness is usually very good at telling the story. The very best writers tell the story and inspire action. Matthew inspires action.

One need not be in Las Vegas to be compelled to action. Matthew's writing is exceptional and the images his words create do not leave your mind. That is powerful writing.

Beneath the Neon is a terrific book on so many levels. And best of all, some day, someone will read the book and literally, change the world because of it.

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  • The Blackjack Life

  • A Journey Through the Inner World of Card Counting, the Lessons of Teamwork, and the Clandestine Pursuit of Beating the Odds
  • By: Nathaniel Tilton
  • Narrated by: Joseph Bevilacqua
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42

Nathaniel Tilton was leading an ordinary existence in his early30s as a financial advisor in Boston. Then, without a destination in mind, he set out to experience life in more meaningful ways. His path was forged when he met famed MIT blackjack team member Semyon Dukach, who inspired Nathaniel to become a world-class blackjack player. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Fascinating!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 10-20-18

Excellent audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

A fun way to learn about blackjack while also listening to a great story. Certainly gave me a deeper appreciation for the game, the players, and the casinos.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful