Pablo Escobar: My Father

Narrated by: Luis Moreno
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Criminals
4.5 out of 5 stars (241 ratings)

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The popular television series Narcos captures only half the truth. Here, at last, is the full story.

Until now, we believed that everything had been said about the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the most infamous drug kingpin of all time. But these versions have always been told from the outside, never from the intimacy of his own home.

More than two decades after the full-fledged manhunt finally caught up with the king of cocaine, Juan Pablo Escobar travels to the past to reveal an unabridged version of his father - a man capable of committing the most extreme acts of cruelty while simultaneously professing infinite love for his family.

This is not the story of a child seeking redemption for his father but a shocking look at the consequences of violence and the overwhelming need for peace and forgiveness.

©2016 Juan Pablo Escobar (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Netflix wished they had this..

An amazing story of terror and heartache. To feel his words and feel it through his perspective shows how great the author poured into the book. Oddly inspiring too.

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I really liked the sons view on his father Pablo.

I was pleased by the sons view of his father it was different from other versons.

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amazing book hope he writes more.

ome of the best books about pablo escobar out there. though juan pablo blames carlos castano for the bombing of the das buildimg and not his father which i find suspect.

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Not enough new information

If you’ve seen the Netflix series, “Pablo Escobar”, then 80% of this book will be pretty consistent with the show, so you will get bored with a lot of the book. Only 20% covers Pablo’s son’s personal views relative to his father’s life. I was looking to read more about personal side and not about all the data already known.

I find Juan’s book to be mostly genuine, but at times I think he somewhat exaggerates the role he played in some of the stories he tells—some things are not believable coming from the 16-year-old that he was.

One thing I certainly do not believe is his claim that he, his mother, and his sister were left broke after Pablo died. He constantly references paying off this guy or that guy, buying houses, investment properties in Argentina, etc. If they were truly broke then where did all this money come from? There’s no doubt that they had access to lots of hidden cash, accessed and used as needed. No way they were broke!

I’ve read a few books about Pablo, including “The Accountant’s Story” written by Pablo’s brother Roberto. I also watched both Netflix series on him as well. If you’ve done the same then you’ll most likely have the same opinions as mine.

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Bs flag is flying

Some of the book seems authentic but most doesn't seem plausible. I mean, he is trying to tell us how innocent he was and how adult thinking he was when he was 7 years old. Not buying it. 7 year Olds don't act that way. All the stories when he was a child in reference to himself just don't ring true. Plus most of the book is singing his father's praises. He's Robin hood. He's so generous. He's so smart and savvy. On and on. With just a little bit of acknowledgement about how ruthless he could be. The book completely downplayed how Pablo manipulated the poor into doing his business and how impactful he was on the country at large. Anyway, there's a whole other side to this story that people shouldn't ignore.

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Suspenseful and informative

Amazingly story of pain, love, and survival. It was narrated very well. I could not stop listening.

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Right from the source!

Interesting. One can easily perceive the bubble they lived in. So much scary stuff too!

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Great insight into the lives of the Escobar's.

The book starts out a with Pablo Escobar's son a little on the defensive side on the events that took place following his father's death. However, Juan Pablo really captivates the audience and it's hard to put down. Kudos to Juan Pablo for deciding to live his life in peace and not avenge his fathers death! Loved the book!

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A bit of a drag

If you could sum up Pablo Escobar: My Father in three words, what would they be?

Second hand antidotes on a drug lord

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It would have to be some of the untold stories known only to family members

What aspect of Luis Moreno’s performance would you have changed?

He was fine

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

Not really

Any additional comments?

The story jumps a lot back and fourth and really seems to be an apology for his father at times and a correction of morales that others have made.
It's all a bit boring really.

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Great job<br />

After all the hard work and bad time that his mom, sister, his wife, and himself had, he came out of it a great person. I don't know too many people who could live through what he did and come out the other side a honest person and peaceful person.