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Snowing in Bali

The Incredible Inside Account of Bali's Hidden Drug World
Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Among Bali's drug dealers it's the code for a huge cocaine shipment having just landed. For the men who run the country's drug empires, it's time to get rich and party hard. It's snowing in Bali.

Snowing in Bali is the story of the drug trafficking and dealing scene that's made Bali one of the world's most important destinations in the global distribution of narcotics. With its central location to the Asia Pacific market, its thriving tourist industry to act as cover for importation, and a culture of corruption that can easily help law enforcement turn a blind eye, Bali has long been a paradise for traffickers as well as for holiday-makers. Kathryn Bonella, best-selling author of Hotel Kerobokan, has been given extraordinary access into the lives of some of the biggest players in Bali's drug world, both past and present. She charts their rise to incredible wealth and power, and their drug-fuelled lifestyles, filled with orgies, outrageous extravagance and surfing. But running international drug empires in Bali can also be a highly risky business, with terrible consequences for those caught and convicted.

From the highs of multi-million dollar deals to the desperate lows of death row in an Indonesian high security jail, Snowing in Bali is a unique, uncensored insight into a hidden world.

©2012 Kathryn Bonella (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Rachel
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • 11-12-18

Interesting Look at the Drug Trade in Bali

An interesting look at the drug trade in the 1990s/early 2000s in Bali, Indonesia. The stories are primarily from the perspective of the bosses or the near-bosses. The system is corrupt, people are desperate for money or new things to do and many tourists come with significant cash to spend. It is amazing what people are willing to risk for a live hard lifestyle.

It does get rather repetitive and the book could have been reduced by at least 20%. Some of the clever ways of smuggling drugs in are no longer clever 20 mentioned later (despite the author suggesting otherwise). I also wished there were more perspectives from the desperate drug mules, since that's a whole different motive for acting.

#Bali #Crime #DrugTrade #CrimeInParadise #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Oversensationalized

Great narration. Enjoyed the book. Neat to get the scoop, but not sure about the way the guys were portrayed. Seems the author was humanizing them a bit too much. Feel like there has to be more to the story. The excitement of the "game" was glamorized a bit too much for my taste. Would recommend it! ...just proceed with some cognitive distance and healthy skepticism.

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Page-turner ... so to speak

I hated to press pause. This book is fantastic. You become so interested in the lives of the subjects, not necessarily hoping that they'll succeed in their illegal activities but hoping that they will get out the game before they die.

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Teenage Boys Dream of Drug King's Life ;-(

Would you try another book from Kathryn Bonella and/or Nicholas Bell?

Not likely

What could Kathryn Bonella have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More about the Police, government policy, busting them etc less hero worship of the druggies.

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

Intonation

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

BOREDOM ;-(

Any additional comments?

Don't read or listen to it.

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WOW MAN Great accent

If you could sum up Snowing in Bali in three words, what would they be?

Raw – Crazy – Captivating

Which character – as performed by Nicholas Bell – was your favorite?

Rafael – Funny accent that the narrator was excellent at portraying.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh

Any additional comments?

Would make a great movie!

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Thrilling!

After reading Hotel K (by the same author) I just need I had to read this as well. I downloaded the audio version to listen to during my commute and, right from the first chapter, just couldn't stop listening! Numerous times I found myself sitting in the carpark at work out home and couldn't get out of the car.
Kathryn writes in such an engaging way and tells the story so well I found myself feeling sorry for the dealers!
Just when you think you've heard it all you'll be gobsmacked by the next idea, event, thought. It's just thrilling.

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Very good

decided to download this after seeing it in the airport in Singapore, fascinating book! Ended up arriving in Thailand and not even leaving my hotel room for the first day and a half just to listen to it all the way through. Worth a quick listen for sure

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  • David
  • Australia
  • 12-18-12

Awesome Book

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

For Sure!
Great look into the dark side of Bali that many suspect yet never see up close--thanks god!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rafael- He lived the life in every way!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-18

Such interesting stories

Kathryn has really grabbed my attention with her writing style and the stories she is telling.
The stories are mind blowing and the way they are delivered through her writing and the people telling these stories you almost feel apart of it all

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-18

inightful read

A good inside look at the psychological aspects and personalitys behind international drug smuggling syndicates.

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  • Russell
  • 01-15-17

Great Read

excellent insite Kathryn Bonella is a well researched author. Really enjoyed and look forward to listining to her other books

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  • Mark Drabsch
  • 10-02-19

Amazing story

So well written , i couldn't wait to listen to the next few chapters each time i got in the car.
WOuld like to listen/read more from this author

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  • J. P. HIGBED
  • 12-18-18

Eye-opening but very repetitive

I was rapt from the start. But after about two hours it became very ho-hum. Different names but same old sad stories. But there are also some nuggets along the way eg the NZ sniffer dog, the elderly smuggler who got the wrong bag.
I’d suggest (1) get the book then (2) dip ‘n skip.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-30-17

Fantastic listening

Loved this audiobook... bought the book2 years ago and read that and loved it, and now listening to the audiobook I got more out of it this time!

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  • steve toke
  • 03-10-17

GRATE READ FOR A OUT SIDER LOOKING IN

What made the experience of listening to Snowing in Bali the most enjoyable?

Resulutions of values and upcomeing of smarts.

What did you like best about this story?

Difrent style of creative ways of trying to be happy and powerfull.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Police chase and escapes.

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

lemon juce

Any additional comments?

More universitys need to give the book to review in Australia and world wide.

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  • tim
  • 08-12-16

absolutely awesome

this was absolutely fantastic. i couldn't wait to find enough the time i listened to the next piece. by far the best book i have ever read/listened too.
Tim Reidy