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Publisher's Summary

From Nicholas Pileggi, author of the best-selling Wiseguy -- the #1 best seller that later became the hit movie Goodfellas -- comes this brilliantly told tale of love, marriage, adultery, murder and revenge Mafia-style, the true story of how the mob finally lost its stranglehold over the multi-billion-dollar casino gambling industry of Las Vegas.

No one knew more about casinos than Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, the gambling mastermind who, with his best friend and partner Anthony Spilotro virtually ran Las Vegas for the mob. For years it was the perfect arrangement -- Lefty provided the smarts and obsessive attention to detail, while Tony made sure the bosses stayed happy with their weekly suitcases filled with millions of dollars in skimmed cash. It was so sweet it should have lasted forever, but Lefty's obsession with running the town -- and Tony's obsession with Lefty's beautiful showgirl wife Geri -- eventually led to the betrayals and investigations that exploded into one of the greatest debacles in the mob's history.

A real-life story of love and betrayal set in America's favorite playground, Casino is a Mafia tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, as well as the inside account of just how the mob lost control of the neon money-making machine it created.

©1995 Nicholas Pileggi (P)2004 Simon & Schuster

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Waste of free credit

What is the point of an abridged audio book? It is basically a summary of the actual story. Can get more of the story on wiki in a shorter amount of time.

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Great Book

This is a great book that goes into more detail than the movie Casino does. It also corrects a few mistakes the movie has at the end, and gives another view on who might have bombed the car Lefty. It was the first audio book I listened to in full. It was great.

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great mob listen<br />

where the film casino spawned. you will love this the last lines of the book gave me chills

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A good listen for fans of the film and genre.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it if I know the friend to be a fan of Goodfellas, Casino, Pileggi, and that era of mafia stories. It is not for everyone.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

That money doesn't mean everything. If money was the only want, then more than one of the main characters would have kept their head down and made a fortune. No, they wanted notoriety too. And in many cases, that cost them.

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

The voice, the emphasis of the story.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That even with the mafia, gaming commission, and everyone else breathing down his neck, the main character could not lay low.

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Great Story and Well Read

Very good story and very interesting.

My only complaint is that it is Abridged. Since I am looking for more detail I felt this wetted my appetite.

So as long as you know thus us Abridged you will enjoy it.

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great book

loved it iv listened to it a few times
any of the authers books are a good pick

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Really nice Companion to the Movie

Very well written and well done production. I would recommended this book to anyone who is a fan of true crime.

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Help for a student

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audio book only if you are not reading along with book. I find it easier to listen and read along for books that I have to read for class. Unfortunately, the book and the audio book don't match up. They have all the same context but it doesn't all match up when you read along. I would have to jump around and find what part they were reading next. The audio book has 4 chapters while the book has 24 chapters so that made things confusing as well. I still enjoyed listening to the book but I wish I had know before I bought the audio that it wouldn't match up.