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Publisher's Summary

Mafia Prince is the first-person account of one of the most violent eras in Mafia history - "Little" Nicky Scarfo’s reign as boss of the Philly family in the 1980s - written by Scarfo’s underboss and nephew, "Crazy" Phil Leonetti.

The youngest-ever underboss at the age of 31, Leonetti was at the crux of the violent downfall of the traditional American Mafia in the 1980s when he infiltrated Atlantic City after gambling was legalized, and later turned state’s evidence against his own. His testimony directly led to the convictions of dozens of high-ranking made men including John Gotti, Vincent Gigante, and his own uncle, Nicky Scarfo - sparking the beginning of the end of La Cosa Nostra.

Just as The Godfather and Boardwalk Empire defined the early 20th century Mafia, and Wiseguy and Casino depicted the next great era through the ’70s, Mafia Prince concludes this epic genre revealing the Mafia’s violent final heyday of the 1980s straight from the horse’s mouth.

©2012 Phillip Leonetti, Scott Burnstein and Christopher Graziano (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Guilty pleasure.

What did you love best about Mafia Prince?

An honest read. The best kind. Not one dull minute.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The narrator was the best!

Which scene was your favorite?

When Philip decided to become a whistle blower and think of himself and his family. Sometimes it is very difficult to make the intelligent choice. Everybody loves a winner.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.

Any additional comments?

I really couldn't put this book down. It is very well written and well read. I felt like someone was sitting across the table from me talking just to me. I love honesty in a story, and this book takes the academy award for that.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Honest and predictable

Narrator did an excellent job with his spot on accent. Book itself is nothing shocking or revealing for anyone who has read about the mafia in the past. However, on a deeper note, it is fascinating to learn about internal working of organized crime. The depiction of treachery and deceit between phil and his no good uncle is what makes this a worth while listen. Also enjoyed the mafia lingo and the related terms. Especially the "sign of the gun", which I now use during safety briefs to warn my troops to either behave "or else it's this....".
God bless Phil for changing his ways, wish him all the luck.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Phil O.
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 01-31-16

An OK story for mafia buffs; not much new

I wanted to hear in detail about Atlantic City rackets and Little Nicky Scarfo. There was plenty on Scarfo, a ringside seat, but there is not that much to say: a mafia martinet, a guy whose strategy was to enforce a street tax by scaring everybody by killing pretty easily, with a strong streak of paranoid caution that led to more killings. It was all pretty logical, if one can step into the context of that dog-eat-dog atmosphere. But Scarfo was not too bright in some ways (as he is alive, I hope he doesn't read this!), for example, having a guy killed (at the beach house) right in front of the guy's closest associate who was an untested commodity, who wound up being a critical witness against Scarfo and the whole group. And that killing was fairly gratuitous, not really necessary. I saw elsewhere in a film, in a courtroom, he couldn't spell "Falcone," an associate (and victim's) name, I mean, these are not Rhodes scholars. I thought maybe there would be some detail about the higher reaches of corruption in New Jersey, but Scarfo was mostly a fairly street level guy, with some union and NY-centric crime family involvements. I was amazed how much his nephew "Crazy Phil" Leonetti was liked and coddled by his government handlers. I have seen this several times. It's one thing that law enforcement needs to coddle these people to take down the crime organizations. It's another thing, maybe human nature, for their handlers to get a little too nice and understanding toward them, which I have seen in several books. I find it repugnant.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • John R.
  • Olympia, WA, USA
  • 07-27-16

Goodfellas sucks compared to this

This makes goodfellas or any other crime novel seem terrible. Great story, great narrator and outstanding performance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Best True Crime book ever written

Where does Mafia Prince rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is by far the best true crime book I've ever listened to on Audible. L.J. Garser does a fantastic job of narrating the scenes and personalities involved. He read the entire book using perfect verbal emphasis and voice inflections on the action involved. The book is well written without the diversionary repetitions so common in many crime books. My interest never flagged and I couldn't wait (I listen to an hour's worth of audible on my daily walks) for the next chapter. It's a gripping story of Mafia history and personal honor (from a reformed criminal's viewpoint). I highly recommend this audible book to anyone interested in true crime

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

How well it explained the inter-workings of the colorful cast of Mafia members in Atlantic City and Philly during the Mafia's heyday in the 1980's.

What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's amazing how much Ganser's reading adds to the impact of the story. He presents the action and characters in an extremely conversational manner which keeps the listener's attention throughout the narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • Ajax, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-16-16

Not bad, not exceptional

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Nothing wrong with it, but it's not a book I will remember. It's an OK mafia story, well told, but it wasn't, in any aspect, outstanding.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story

the Philadelphia mob is not as well known as the five families in New York but they are every bit as violent if not more. This was a very interesting story very well narrated and when it was over I was disappointed that the book was over

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Well-told, intense Story, I want more!

Narrator was great and engaging. Started kinda slow, once it got going, I couldn't stop listening. Philip L. life is quite harsh, but if it's all you know, then what else are you to do. Lots of names with aliases so make note if you must.

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great story if you really like mob books and stori

great book if you really like mob stories and history great great great book bravo

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I felt like I was watching a movie

LJ Ganser did a great job of performing this book. He made you feel like you were there in the room with Philip Leonetti and his uncle Little Nicky. I would definitely recommend this.

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  • Barry Rogers
  • 07-04-14

Now that was good.

Would you consider the audio edition of Mafia Prince to be better than the print version?

N/A

What did you like best about this story?

The story is fantastic. I listened and felt like I was having a chat with the author. It is told very well and feels like it was an honest description to the story's. Every person you expected to be in the book are there and more.

What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?

L. J. Ganser's performance was great. He helped make the book more enjoyable. The sroys is gripping at times and L.J. must have enjoyed the book because there was no drop in performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I drive to and from work listening to audiobooks. I found the time was flying while I listened to book. I was looking forward to the drive. (From work yes :) )

Any additional comments?

There is little I didnt enjoy about this book. I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much. So many books on the Mafia and most are a let down. I was disappointing when the book finished just because it was so enjoyable I wanted more.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul C
  • 09-23-17

Great Audiobook

I really enjoyed listening to this Audiobook, the narrator done a great job telling the story. There was a few too characters but that's understandable due to the story being about the Cosa Nostra. I'll definitely listen to this more than a 2nd time.

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  • David
  • 09-11-16

decent worth a read

The start is a bit hard to follow you seem to be thrown about 500 Italian names but once the book gets going it's a good read

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  • Tim
  • 03-13-16

Brilliantly

If you like true life gangster story's you will love this. It's difficult to believe that people can be so awful. I very much enjoyed googling all the characters on Google image to add flesh to the names.