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Publisher's Summary

Goodfellas meets Savages meets Catch Me If You Can in this true tale of high-stakes smuggling from pot's outlaw years.

Richard Stratton was the unlikeliest of kingpins. A clean-cut Wellesley boy who entered outlaw culture on a trip to Mexico, he saw his search for a joint morph into a thrill-filled dope run, smuggling two kilos across the border in his car door. He became a member of the Hippie Mafia, traveling the world to keep America high, living the underground life while embracing the hippie credo, rejecting hard drugs in favor of marijuana and hashish.

With cameos by Whitey Bulger and Norman Mailer, Smuggler's Blues tells Stratton's adventure while centering on his last years as he travels from New York to Lebanon's Bekaa Valley to source and smuggle high-grade hash in the midst of civil war, from the Caribbean to the backwoods of Maine, and from the Chelsea Hotel to the Plaza as his fortunes rise and fall. All the while he is being pursued by his nemesis, a philosophical DEA agent who respects him for his good business practices.

A true-crime story that sounds like fiction, Smuggler's Blues is a psychedelic road trip through international drug smuggling, the hippie underground, and the war on weed. As Big Marijuana emerges, it brings to vivid life an important chapter in pot's cultural history.

©2016 Richard Stratton (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Voice actor please apply

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think the story could have been good but the author/voice artist was not good. It pays to hire a professional in some cases and this is defineltly one that would have benefited from that

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

nothing the story was good

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It sounded like he was reading word for word

What character would you cut from Smuggler's Blues?

none

Any additional comments?

authors should pay a voice actor

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy S.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio United States
  • 03-21-17

Gives hippies a bad name

Would you try another book from Richard Stratton and/or Richard Stratton?

Nope.

What could Richard Stratton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not much. He has no self-awareness of his own hypocrisy and cluelessness. Apparently the rest of the world cannot measure up to the "high" moral standards of a drug demented criminal.

What character would you cut from Smuggler's Blues?

Richard Stratton.

Any additional comments?

Unintentionally funny in an ironic way.

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Enjoyable

Well written and interesting. Author lived and interesting life. Reminds one of the saying about quitting while one is ahead.

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A good read, but c'mon, a DC-6 on Fox's airport?

If you could sum up Smuggler's Blues in three words, what would they be?

An exciting read

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

The most interesting parts, at least to me, take place in Phillips, Maine where I live.

What three words best describe Richard Stratton’s performance?

Stratton is quite articulate in his narration of the book. Easy to listen to.

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A pretty good book if you can overlook the far-fetched claims made in the first few pages. A DC-6 abandoned on Fox's airport in April (when there are no leaves) would have been noticed by everyone travelling on the opposite side of the Sandy River on Davenport Flat. I certainly don't remember anything of the sort, and can't seem to find anyone to substantiate this claim-even Stratton's "carpenter". Kinda spoiled the rest of the book for me.

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  • Aaron
  • 11-24-16

Bit boring - hard to follow who is who

What could Richard Stratton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less characters. I couldnt follow the story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Just not a very good audio book to listen to or follow. But the intro sounded good.

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