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Casino

Love and Honor in Las Vegas
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
4.5 out of 5 stars (175 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Nicholas Pileggi, author of the best-selling Wiseguy -- the #1 best seller that later became the hit movie Goodfellas -- comes this brilliantly told tale of love, marriage, adultery, murder and revenge Mafia-style, the true story of how the mob finally lost its stranglehold over the multi-billion-dollar casino gambling industry of Las Vegas.

No one knew more about casinos than Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, the gambling mastermind who, with his best friend and partner Anthony Spilotro virtually ran Las Vegas for the mob. For years it was the perfect arrangement -- Lefty provided the smarts and obsessive attention to detail, while Tony made sure the bosses stayed happy with their weekly suitcases filled with millions of dollars in skimmed cash. It was so sweet it should have lasted forever, but Lefty's obsession with running the town -- and Tony's obsession with Lefty's beautiful showgirl wife Geri -- eventually led to the betrayals and investigations that exploded into one of the greatest debacles in the mob's history.

A real-life story of love and betrayal set in America's favorite playground, Casino is a Mafia tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, as well as the inside account of just how the mob lost control of the neon money-making machine it created.

©1995 Nicholas Pileggi (P)2004 Simon & Schuster

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Waste of free credit

What is the point of an abridged audio book? It is basically a summary of the actual story. Can get more of the story on wiki in a shorter amount of time.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great Story and Well Read

Very good story and very interesting.

My only complaint is that it is Abridged. Since I am looking for more detail I felt this wetted my appetite.

So as long as you know thus us Abridged you will enjoy it.

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  • DV
  • 11-15-11

Great Book

This is a great book that goes into more detail than the movie Casino does. It also corrects a few mistakes the movie has at the end, and gives another view on who might have bombed the car Lefty. It was the first audio book I listened to in full. It was great.

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Tiny

Liked it. Too short tho. I'd like a more detailed book. Any suggestions? Oh! Gtfoh

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Good

Good story, very accurate. The story it self was very compelling. The book should of been longer than four hours.

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  • AJR
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  • 05-09-19

Unabridged, this is a five star classic.

The devil is in the details, as they say, and this book has had its spectacular devil inexplicably exorcised. If you love the movie this book was based on as much as I do than this drawn and quartered version will at least suffice in prodding you to watch the movie again, but that's just about it.

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Amazing

It was a little difficult as they changed the names in the Movie, but the story is real and accurate. I enjoyed the changing of narrators as it made it easier to keep up.

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Wish it was unabridged

A fascinating story that suffers from being abridged. You'll get the exact same story by watch the 1995 film Casino, while also seeing Joe Pesci cuss up a storm. Wish Audible will make an unabridged version once day to get more details.

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Abridged

Slightly different from the movie, but still entertaining. This would be a 5/5 if we had an unabridged version. It's a shame that Audible will release 55,000 unabridged romance novels for transgendered furies, but won't get us an unabridged version of one of the best mafia books ever written.

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Amazing!!

I love this book so much. It’s very interesting hearing the real story and little details that didn’t make the movie. It helps you really understand the movie a lot better.