Random House presents the audiobook edition of McMafia by Misha Glenny, read by Stephen Thorne.
Now a major BBC series.
Have you ever illegally downloaded a DVD? Taken drugs? Fallen for a phishing scam?
Organised crime is part of all our worlds - often without us even knowing. McMafia is a journey through the new world of international organised crime, from gunrunners in Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, by way of drug syndicates in Canada and cyber criminals in Brazil.
I've given up listening, persevering for about 6 hours. Having read Glenny's "The Balkans" before, I know he can write compellingly but I simply haven't been gripped by this audio book and am packing it in now. A significant factor is the workmanlike but uninspiring narration; the narrative may have proved more interesting if it had been conveyed better.
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But above all very good. Did his research and well informee. China and the EU are well discussed
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Very revealing.. the book goes indepth into the modern history of organised crime, and the corrupt governments who allow it.
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Does a great job combining interviews and personal stories with hard(er) fact and statistics. A great listen.
It has to be the best book I have downloaded, didn't want it to end
You will learn so much about the everyday things we all do but have no idea their consequences of. I wish there is an 2nd book covering the period after 2007.
This book is fascinating in parts, but it felt too long and with too and a half hours left I lost my way.
Strong on the collapse of Yugoslavia and E. Europe. OK on Russia and the FSU. Weaker in C.America and China and cyber crime (albeit viewed through a decade old prism).
His central thesis, which emerges later in the book, of a failure to regulate and police regulations resonates well in 2018.
We should all consider our own role in facilitating the proceeds of crime.