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Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography is an intimate look at the day-to-day dealings of a drug kingpin in the heart of the ghetto. It's also the story of a boy born in poverty in Texas who grew up in a single-parent household in the heart of South Central, who was pushed through the school system each year and came out illiterate. His options were few, and he turned to drug dealing. This untold autobiography is not only personal, but also historical in its implications. Rick Ross chronicles the times by highlighting the social climate that made crack cocaine so desirable, and he points out that at the time, the "cops in the area didn't know what crack was; they didn't associate the small white rocks they saw on homies as illegal drugs". All Rick Ross knew was people wanted it.

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A terrific account of “Sales” in South Central!

What did you love best about Freeway Rick Ross?

This book took the listener back into South Central at the heyday of the distribution of cocaine and the onset of meth.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The most compelling aspect of this narrative was bad boy makes good. For this character
rock bottom was actually up!

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

Kevin Pierce’s voice was easy to understand, yet kept you captivated.

If you could give Freeway Rick Ross a new subtitle, what would it be?

“How to Become A Multimillion Dollar Salesman in the Hood”

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Great story about a drug king pin

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I have watched documentaries on Free Way Rick Ross but I was delighted to be offered a chance to listen to the audio book. Let me just say that I was not disappointed. He approached selling drugs as a business man does his empire. A man who could not read ended up making millions of dollars... How does that happen? Of course he goes to prison and not only learns to read but learns enough about law that he is able to get is sentence reduced. The possibility that the CIA was involved makes this an even more compelling story... The reader wont' be disappointed.

Narration: Initially I thought that a more urban voice would be needed to better articulate the story. However, I soon enjoyed Kevin Pierce's narration. His even tone 'toned' down a story of drugs and hustling in the ghetto! 4.5 stars for you sir!

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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Life as a Drug Kingpin.

Where does Freeway Rick Ross rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a gripping story of how a young man became a drug kingpin. It gives details of his childhood, teenage and adult years. It is based on a true story. It is very exciting and well worth listening to.

What other book might you compare Freeway Rick Ross to and why?

This book is like a cross between the t.v. show, "Breaking Bad" and the book, "Bringing Down the House" by Ben Mezrich. It has the action of "Breaking Bad" and the suspense of normal guy who is a little out of his league like "Bringing Down the House."

What does Kevin Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kevin Pierce gives a great performance. He is a good storyteller, and a book is always better if you can listen to it instead of reading it. Multi-tasking dude.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are many moving moments in this book. When Aunt Bobbi-Jo is being beaten, when Rick is told he cannot attend college, when Rick's chop shop case is thrown out of court, when Rick finds that his favorite teacher was a coke dealer.... I could go on and on. This is a well-written book with lots of memorable moments.

Any additional comments?

This is a very good story that I highly recommend. Obviously, this book contains adult situations, but is pretty clean in terms of language. I would not hesitate to let a teen listen to it. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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Dope!

I loved the book. The narrator wasn’t really fitting for the character, would’ve been awesome if Rick himself or someone close to his voice. But overall great listen.

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  • 03-25-20

Excellent Audio Book!

Other reviewers complain about the narrator of this audio book. I’m glad I didn’t pay attention to those reviews because it would have kept me away from listening to a great story about a remarkable man! Download it! Excellent story!

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Great book..flowed nicely

The writer and narrator takes you on a journey that keeps you listening. You enter in a world that most of us can never imagine

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Real life on "High"

I couldn't stop thinking about to story during daily periods of not listening. A very entertaining book.
Well narrated biography that has been well-written. Rick Ross is a new mentor for me. He has always tried to live with purpose. A commendable effort although no always ethical. The remaining portion of Rick life seams to remain on a high note, as a giver.

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History

Freeway Rick Ross big example of how dirty ppl in power can be & how they use minorities & how they don’t care about us, thank you for understanding your wrongs & trying to fix as much as you’re able to

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  • MK
  • 04-23-20

Great Read

The book was amazing! I appreciated how he actually told his story and everything wasn’t all about the drug background and glamour.

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Unique true story of life of former drug dealer

Interesting true story of rise,fall, and reform of recent modern day drug dealer, )inked t [ Iran Contra Affair

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  • elom Agagah
  • 02-12-21

Great listen

The book was excellent reading, wow just wow. The CIA are soo curropt, and the fraud of a rapper "Rick Ross" stealing this man lifestyle and profiting of it.

Would love to see a TV show and movie about this man life.

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  • David
  • 12-15-16

A fascinating listen, worth the investment.

I was introduced to Freeway Rick Ross via the Joe Rogan experience podcast.

Rick provides a fascinating insight into a world that most of us will never know.

This story of an illiterate young black man growing up in the tough ghettos of South Central LA, becoming Americas top Cocaine supplier and his eventual downfall makes for a great story.

His subsequent efforts for self education, his release from prison and successful post crime life and work to help the youths that are in the position he was before his life of crime are inspirational.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-16

excellent read

The story of Freeway Rick Ross is very interesting and was surprising to learn the volume of business he done in his prime. Excellent narrator as well.

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  • Lulu
  • 07-20-16

review is a good book.

Good book! But brief too brief. Wish he was more detailed when it concerned his life during and after incarceration and court cases

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 08-20-21

Actually quite interesting

I put this book off for quite a while since I had no idea who Freeway Rick Ross was nor how his book had ended up in my wishlist. However this book ended up being quite enjoyable and this review is a little spoilery.

It a slow start, by chapter 10 you'll find you're 2 hours into the 8 hour book and Rick is still at school/college. It picks up by hour 4 and we see a lot more of the drug sealing side after that.

Some of it seems glossed over like the grittier, more violent aspects. I can't imagine the rise to kingpin is a bloodless endeavour. Nor do I think that Rick was completely out of the game and just on the edge of going clean when stung by the raid.

On the other hand his $30k/day in recreation and pot use combined with him not seeming to launder any money until very late in the game is believable. As were some of the police actions that were then subject to law enforcement investigation.

By the end I think this turned out to be an enthralling story, well narrated and worth a credit but definitely needing to be taken with a pinch of salt.

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  • Gavin henry
  • 03-16-21

The real SNOWFALL

Incredible book! Enthralling, heart breaking, exciting and gripping! Just realised Snowfall had John singleton has jacked his whole life and put it in Snow Fall...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-21

loved it

loved it 😎😎✌✌
real boss 😎😎✌✌
listened to it twice....so much money ..wow
crazy life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-21

Narrator doesn't fit the bill.

I found the story riveting and was deeply enamoured by the characters, but the narrator was a middle aged white fella. He sounded like he should be wishing everyone "A Happy Holidays from Coca-Cola". I would have preferred someone talking about "The Hood" or "My Homies" to have sounded like someone from "The Hood" or perhaps have met a few "Homies" in his time. That said I would listen to other stories read by the same narrator, as long as he isn't doing Flava Flav's autobiography.

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  • Andre Bloomfield
  • 12-24-20

enjoyable read

honest sounding account from the infamous kingpin. This book would definitely help young people lost in crime.

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  • J. S. Langley
  • 04-21-20

a must read story

A must read book that not only illustrates Ricky's incredible rise from illiterate kid from the streets to the biggest American drug kingpin in history, but also the US government's active role in the proceedings. A real eye opener.