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American Kingpin Audiobook

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of American Kingpin by Nick Bilton, read by Will Damron.

From New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton comes a true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road.

In 2011, Ulbricht, a 26-year-old libertarian idealist and former Boy Scout, launched 'a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them'. He called it Silk Road, opened for business on the Dark Web, and christened himself the Dread Pirate Roberts (after the Princess Bride character). The site grew at a tremendous pace, quickly becoming a $1.2 billion enterprise where you could buy or sell drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, guns, grenades, and poisons.

The Silk Road soon caught the attention of the feds, who embarked on an epic two-year manhunt for the site's proprietor. Ulbricht, in the meantime, struggled to maintain control of his double life and his marketplace, which he originally started to prove that legalising drugs could make society safer. He gradually abandoned his libertarian ideals to rule Silk Road with increasingly authoritarian force. At one point he engaged the services of hired hitmen to take out employees he felt had wronged him. Soon some of the federal agents who were supposed to be hunting for Ulbricht were lured into the dark world and switched sides to join him.

This is a true-life thriller about ambition gone awry, spurred on by the defining clash of our time: the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralised web advocates and the old world of government control, order and the rule of law. Bilton's dazzling rendering and gift for narrative make for an endlessly fascinating drama.

©2017 Nick Bilton (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    Adnan Maddix united kingdom 10-15-17
    Adnan Maddix united kingdom 10-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Really good"

    No matter how good you are if you gamble too many times you will get caught.

    Great book.

    It just interesting that there is so much going on out there. You dont know what you dont know.

    Its a must read. I finished it in 3 days

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    Mark Horwell 09-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A real insight in to a criminal mastermind"

    It's extremely well written and level detail is amazing. I want to listen again. :-)

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  • Alex E.
    10/21/17
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    "stunning"

    even though I guessed the outcome, it was still shocking. awesome and well worth the listen

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  • paul
    10/18/17
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    "fantastic"

    great story, can't believe that it is true. characters were well developed. great story well documented

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  • Christopher
    10/16/17
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    "A real life Breaking Bad"

    Wow, what and incredible story. I was not familiar with the story before reading this book, but was completely hooked from page 1. This is crying out to be made into a movie.

    Can’t recommend highly enough.

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  • Alan
    9/26/17
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    "Great listen"
    What made the experience of listening to American Kingpin the most enjoyable?

    I knew the story but this brought all the pieces together very well along with a lot of additional personal insights I hadn't heard before.


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

    This guy must shake his head multiple times per day at some of his decisions and what led him to be found and caught.


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  • Anonymous
    9/25/17
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    "great listen"

    cant believe that its true, alwqys amazes me how people get caught in the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
    9/19/17
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    "well worth a read"

    really interesting true story, would definitely recommend it, has lots of facts about Ross ulbritch and how he was eventually caught.

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  • Mr. Dominic Clay
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    9/14/17
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    "Documentary as a page turner. Very enjoyable. "

    Informative and entertaining. Keeps you listening until the end. It sometimes feels a little over engineered to keep it exciting, but overall it feels factual and exciting.

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  • Adam Breedon
    8/28/17
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    "Complete in 3 days"

    Honestly this isn't the kind of book I'd normally listen to but it was a refreshing change and one that I could not stop listening to.

    This was audible recommended book off the back of listing to Nicks Twitter book and one I'll recommend for a long time to come.

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  • mr Peter Mo
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    8/26/17
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    "Outstanding"

    An absolutely amazing audiobook. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Probably one of my all time favourite.

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  • Paul C
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    8/18/17
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    I'm only half way through this Audiobook but I decided to write a review because I'm so engrossed in this story. I've watched a few things on You Tube about Ross Ulbricht and Silk Road so I knew a few things about it. This Audiobook goes even further with accounts of Ross,Variety Jones, the DEA agents involved and the US Postal Service. A few people have said this statement and I agree....you'll be hooked on this Audiobook after listening to a page or two of it.

    The story is absolutely amazing intertwining chapter between characters within this story and the delivery of the narrator is great and flows brilliantly. I personally don't agree with the length of sentence that Ross or DPR as he was known within Silk Road got and I also believe that he wasn't the only person who was that high up and involved in this site. I'd highly recommend this Audiobook to anyone who is interested or fascinated by the story of Silk Toad or the Dark Web in general. A+++

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