Exile on Front Street

My Life as a Hells Angel...and Beyond
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Criminals
4.5 out of 5 stars (427 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After 40 years in the Hells Angels, George Christie was ready to retire. As president of the high-profile Ventura charter of the club, he had been the yin to Sonny Barger's yang. Barger was the reckless figurehead and de facto world leader of the Hells Angels. Christie was the negotiator, the spokesman, the thinker, the guy who smoothed things out. He was the one who carried the Olympic torch and counted movie stars, artists, rock musicians, and police chief captains among his friends. But leaving the Hells Angels isn't easy, and within two weeks of retirement, he was told he was "out bad" - blackballed by his fellow Angels, prohibited from wearing the club patch, and even told he should remove his Death Head tattoo.

Now Christie sets out to tell his story. Exile on Front Street is the tale of how a former marine gave up a comfortable job with the Department of Defense and swore allegiance to the Hells Angels. In this revealing, hard-hitting memoir, he recounts his life as an outlaw biker with the world's most infamous motorcycle club.

©2016 George Christie (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Christie articulately defends his outlaw code, which he adhered to at great personal cost." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Geat story -awkward narration

George Christie was one of the key leaders of the Hells Angels, highly intelligent, tough character. He exposes Sonny Barger as an insecure, backbiting old man. The voice actor who reads the book just didn’t cut it for me. He sounds like a guy more comfortable as the voice of Country Fresh Lemonade or a nature film.

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Very Strong....Great Story

I believe George Christie gives an honest account of his life as a Hells Angel, and the events that took place during his time with them. As a motorcycle lover, Harley rider, and one who lives life a bit against the grain – I could not stop listening to this interesting story.

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Can’t get past the narration

I’ve tried 3X, but I’ve only gotten a few chapters into this book. I’d like to hear the story, but I find myself too distracted by the narrator. I think this is the guy who did the Cadbury ads? Or Snickers? No matter what this book may contain, all I hear is “Nutty nougat and creamy carmel goodness.” Worse, the last 1/3 of each spoken phrase diminishes from corny into a whisper. Every single one. What an effort to try and listen to this...I can’t. Amazing to think there are teams of people of who plan these productions, and this is the voice they go with. It’s weird. I’m going to see if I can return it.

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very enjoyable

the narration was a little nerdy sounding, but it grows on you. i liked how the timeline stayed linear. didnt want it to end.

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Excellent

Loved it so much detail given in a an honest way. Highly recommend to anyone

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Wow

What a good book, appreciate his perspective on all these issues. Definitely recommend listing to it.

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great book

thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. at first the narrators voice got to me, but I got over it and finished it in a couple of days.

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a must listen

Some fantasise about the life, some want to live it but cant, some love the history and some the madness but George lived the life. a great listen from staft to finish, had me interested 100% of the time.

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fantastic

I love the fact that it was a bit behind the curtain, give people a glimpse of the Betrayal and treachery

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great

I enjoyed all aspects of the presentation. the narrator was ex elent
story was zdx uper.