If you could sum up Stung in three words, what would they be?
Magical thinking is devastating!
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes - Although I had seen the movie "Owning Mahowny"" a few times, and applaud the now-deceased Phillip Seymour Hoffman for his incredible performance,and the writers/director for capturing the essence of this incredible story -- the movie can not capture the depth of delusion Brian Molony experienced during his years of out of control crazed gambling and theft.
The writer (and narrator) takes the reader thru the mind of one who is quickly and quietly being driven to total madness via gambling. Simply listening to how one survives the mere stress of living with the lies, deception, and theft is suspenseful. How Brian Molony didn't suffer a heart attack or nervous break down is beyond me.
A phenomenal story about a very "unphenomenal" man who literally, broke the bank.
Any additional comments?
A great read/listen for any one interested in the gaming industry or those who choose to live there lives chasing the fortunes believed to be won at the gaming tables.
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I've seen owning Maloney few times and loved it. the book was great listen if you liked the movie. the narrator was excellent too.
Loved this book...engrossing and realistic.
I have read it already, but the narrator reading it brought a whole new perspective.
Having seen the movie I was excited to listen to the original story and wasn't disappointed. Much more detail and it was fascinating. Written to drive the point home of how extreme Brian was willing to get to fulfill his urge.
Maybe I shouldn't find so many comic moments in this story. This is partly due to the outstanding narrator - from the bookies to the sleazy casino executives, he does a great job. It's a shame he hasn't done any other books.
Then there is Brian the banker. Good job, nice girlfriend, good friends and family. This man, who well understands odds and percentages, remains convinced that he will hit the hot streak that will finally bail him out. His debts go from 5, to 6, to 7, and then approach 8 figures, as he takes out one fraudulent loan to cover the others.
I do have an interest in gambling and gambling stories, but I think that anyone with an interest in human nature will enjoy this.
Just hard to believe how this guy stole millions of dollars from a bank with really, very little effort. It is an amazing study of gambling addiction, the behaviors, the feelings, and the results.
It is dated but I really enjoyed the book.
More relevant today since we are rapidly moving towards a casino on every corner of America.
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