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  • Smuggler's Blues

  • A True Story of the Hippie Mafia
  • By: Richard Stratton
  • Narrated by: Richard Stratton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Richard Stratton was the unlikeliest of kingpins. A clean-cut Wellesley boy who entered outlaw culture on a trip to Mexico, he saw his search for a joint morph into a thrill-filled dope run smuggling two kilos across the border in his car door. He became a member of the Hippie Mafia, traveling the world to keep America high, living the underground life while embracing the hippie credo, rejecting hard drugs in favor of marijuana and hashish.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like a bad Mills and Boon novel at times

  • By Mr Jamie Whitehouse on 04-01-19

Like a bad Mills and Boon novel at times

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-19

To say this story is about a hard nosed drug smuggler some of the flowery language involved made me nauseous at times. Why use five words when 45 will do?
The story itself is quite good but it should have just stuck to the facts rather than the self-indulgent words used.

  • The Vory

  • Russia's Super Mafia
  • By: Mark Galeotti
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Mark Galeotti is the go-to expert on organized crime in Russia, consulted by governments and police around the world. Now, Western listeners can explore the fascinating history of the vory v zakone, a group that has survived and thrived amid the changes brought on by Stalinism, the Cold War, the Afghan War, and the end of the Soviet experiment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By edward on 19-06-18

Academic but entertaining

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-18

I was really looking forward to this audiobook after reading and hearing quite a lot about it.
Unfortunately I don’t think it really worked in audio form as it could have done with a glossary words due to the use of Russian.
I think more modern illustrative examples could have been shown, including about the Russian mafia in the UK.

  • Carmine the Snake

  • Carmine Persico and His Murderous Mafia Family
  • By: Frank DiMatteo, Michael Benson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

In this blistering street-level account, "Mafia survivor" Frank DiMatteo teams up with true-crime master Michael Benson to take down one of the most notorious figures in the American La Cosa Nostra. This is the real inside story of Carmine "The Snake" Persico, from his crime-filled childhood on the streets of Brooklyn to the long-term jail sentences that didn't stop him from controlling his criminal empire, with the help of his brother - the equally kill-crazy Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listen

  • By Mr Jamie Whitehouse on 10-10-18

Easy listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Enjoyable listen although a bit more detail would have been welcome in parts. Some chapters felt rushed.

  • Blood in the Water

  • The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
  • By: Heather Ann Thompson
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 22 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment. Holding guards and civilian employees hostage, the prisoners negotiated with officials for improved conditions during the four long days and nights that followed. On September 13, the state abruptly sent hundreds of heavily armed troopers and correction officers to retake the prison by force. Their gunfire killed 39 men - hostages as well as prisoners.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very in depth

  • By Mr Jamie Whitehouse on 23-09-18

Very in depth

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-18

This was very well researched and a good listen, despite being a very complicated subject matter. However, there is very little criticism of the prisoners. The book does not examine in detail prisoners who were not interested in reform but rioted just for the sake of it.

  • The Reporter Who Knew Too Much

  • The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Was What's My Line TV star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large? These questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw's 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too many questions not enough answers

  • By Mr Jamie Whitehouse on 18-07-18

Too many questions not enough answers

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-18

I bought this book after reading about its much-hyped release.

Unfortunately it disappointed.

The book kept coming up with theories of who could have killed Kilgallen but then didn’t produce any hard evidence to back them up.

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