Donnie Brasco

My Undercover Life in the Mafia
Narrated by: Joseph D. Pistone
Series: Donnie Brasco
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
4.3 out of 5 stars (284 ratings)

Audible Premium Plus

$14.95 a month

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $10.50

Buy for $10.50

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Posing as a jewel thief Donnie Brasco, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone worked undercover for six years to infiltrate the flamboyant and deadly community of Mafia wise guys, captains, and bosses. Now his eyewitness account brings to pulsing life the code of honor, loyalties, treacheries, and dirty dealings of unforgettable characters.
©1987 Joseph D. Pistone with Richard Woodley (P)2009 Audio Holdings, LLC

Critic Reviews

"So entertaining you have to remind yourself it's deadly serious." ( Boston Globe)
"Compelling and gripping....Raw, hard-hitting non-fiction at its best....A revealing investigative work." ( Toronto Star)

What listeners say about Donnie Brasco

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    164
  • 4 Stars
    75
  • 3 Stars
    30
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    8
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    113
  • 4 Stars
    58
  • 3 Stars
    34
  • 2 Stars
    23
  • 1 Stars
    14
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    166
  • 4 Stars
    60
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    4

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Straight from the horses mouth...

This is an awesome audio book, period. Rarely do you get a chance to hear this kind of stuff from someone who was actually 'in' the mafia... You will hear some things that are not in the movie. One final point about this is that Joe Pistone (author and narrator), is easy to listen to. Johnny Depp came scarily close to imitating his voice in the film, its easy to imagine its actually him narrating this at times. You will not be disappointed!

6 people found this helpful

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

Great Audiobook

This is a great audiobook, my only complaint is that it's abridged, I would have much had a longer unabridged version. However, even abridged this is great as it's read by Pistone who does a good job but the thing that puts it over the top are the actual recordings that are weaved into the production. It's rare that any publisher puts any effort into non-fiction audiobooks so they deserve credit when they pull it off.

The book goes hand in hand with the movie and also points out how the movie plays loose with the facts. Growing up in the Tampa Bay area and seeing the movie, I had no idea that half of this book took place only a few minutes from where I grew up. I had no idea that all those bingo halls that were all over the place, normally in abandoned supermarkets were mob run. I only bring it up since in the movie everything outside of NY takes place in or around Miami, which isn't actually true most of the time.

Other things that make this great is when they're talking about flying to Florida to get a few hundred dollars -- it takes away from the whole glamorous angle of things when you realize the lower level guys are taking $39 flights to pick-up $250 at a time.

Anyways it's a great book, if you enjoyed the movie you'll enjoy the book.

2 people found this helpful

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

Awesome story / Bad reading

The story was awesome. I watched the movie a dozen times or more also. I thought this would be great being narrated by the legend himself, but no so much. I wanted this to be like he was telling the story not reading. His reading of the story was not good at all. The story itself is worth getting this.

1 person found this helpful

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

Not as good as it could have been

What did you like best about Donnie Brasco? What did you like least?

I love the Donnie Brasco movie and I've been wanting to read this memoir for quite some time. I wish he had hired a writer to help him with this memoir because this story has so much potential to be incredible. But it's just a memoir from a guy who isn't a writer in any way trying to communicate this incredible thing that happened. And then they let him narrate it. He's not a performer. It takes a lot of talent to perform audio books. It's not just something you do, much like writing a book takes skill.

But I will say this, I Really appreciated and enjoyed the real life audio clips between the characters in the story.

1 person found this helpful

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

Phenomenally SAD story...

An excellent book written and read by Joe Pistone A.K.A. Donnie Brasco. There are great recordings of phone calls between Donnie and various made men woven within the actual story. Its very sad to me to hear about the end of that amazing and traditional culture known as La Cosa Nostra.

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

Excellent Story Telling; narration can be forgiven

Ok let me first start off by getting the obvious out of the way. Joe Pistone is not a professional voice actor. So yes, the narration is a little wooden - but i wouldn’t want anyone else to narrate it. You’ve got the man who LIVED this incredible, dangerous, selfless story, to narrate it. That’s amazing. Hearing his voice back and forth between the narration and the wire taps is amazing. The whole story and listen was amazing. So yes, after a few minutes of listening you might be a little turned off by the narration, but just keep listening. This is one heck of a story. Aces Mr. Pistone.

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

Disappointed

There is an incredible story here but it is not delivered. The book is rather short, leaving you with all sorts of unanswered questions. I've since seen interviews with Joe Pistone where he tells really interesting stories that aren't even included in the book. This was a wonderful opportunity to describe how the mafia operates but it really doesn't deliver. And finally, Joe Pistone's reading is like listening to a 10-year old deliver his book report to the class.

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

This is my kind of story, about the street.

I hope too put my story out, and hope it's as good? This was great.

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

This story is worthy of a five star rating.....

But only as a complete story. So much of what makes this story unique in the annals of law enforcement history are the details of Joe Pistone's investigation, most of which are missing in this abridged version. This abridged version simply doesn't afford Pistone's extraordinary and historic journey the justice it deserves.

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

The Real Deal

Rules of the American Mafia explained, he even has real surveillance phone calls recorded in the book. I cannot help but think he betrayed his friend who truly considered him a son. Yes he was doing his job, but at what point do you betray your friends for the benefit of the US government, and that's alright.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for daniel
  • daniel
  • 12-07-15

Loved every word of it.

Brilliant. I've read it, listened to it and watched the movie more times than I can remember and wil continue to do so for years to come.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ronit Das
  • Ronit Das
  • 08-01-20

Incredible story, bland oration

Monotone oration though incredible story . The movie in the authors words, worth a listen

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rebecca
  • Rebecca
  • 03-19-19

unbelievable and brilliantly narrated

incredible and I've listened to it twice it's that good . Audiobook is brilliant and cannot fault it at all

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-18

good read

very well done book tells you so much more than the movie and without all the Hollywood changes