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Summary

Blow is the unlikely story of George Jung's roller-coaster ride from middle-class high school football hero to the heart of Pablo Escobar's Medellín cartel - the largest importer of the United States cocaine supply in the 1980s.

Jung's early business of flying marijuana into the United States from the mountains of Mexico took a dramatic turn when he met Carlos Lehder, a young Colombian car thief with connections to the then newly-born cocaine operation in his native land. Together they created a new model for selling cocaine, turning a drug used primarily by the entertainment elite into a massive and unimaginably lucrative enterprise - one whose earnings, if legal, would have ranked the cocaine business as the sixth-largest private enterprise in the Fortune 500.

The ride came to a screeching halt when DEA agents and Florida police busted Jung with 300 kilos of coke, effectively unraveling his fortune. But George wasn't about to go down alone. He planned to bring down with him one of the biggest cartel figures ever caught.

With a riveting insider account of the lurid world of international drug smuggling and a supercharged drama of one man's meteoric rise and desperate fall, Bruce Porter chronicles Jung's life using unprecedented eyewitness sources in this critically-acclaimed true-crime classic.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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better than the movie

this was a very easy read. if you liked the movie you will love this.

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Great listen

Very good , alot more detail than the movie,excellent from start to finish. Five stars

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very good

just like the movie, but also lots of extra stuff in... great listening!

great!

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Really enjoyed it

I had seen the film not long after release and never thought about it again and saw this audiobook pop up on here so thought why not. I really enjoyed it, sometimes keeping up with people's names can be hard but I drive a lot in my job and this book really made the journies more enjoyable.

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A good read

Fascinating story well read recommend to all that like a good read hope you enjoy it as I did

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what a great book

this is a very easy book to get enthralled in. I love this story much better than the movie , very emotional end. It put a tear in the eye of an emotionally constapated big bloke lol

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Excellent

Great book. Goes into lots of detail about George’s career and shows that the movie blow was quite different to reality. Probably one of the best books I’ve listened to on audible.

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interesting story.

suffers from " it all seemed ok but little did he know that six months later he would be....
so often we know xyz will be a near miss or a success so the actual tension is not there. but it is exciting and full of detail. worth a listen.

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  • 06-09-18

Head shaking story!

Amazing the things people will do for money! The movie does not even touch on the full story of George. It’s a great read if you are in to Crime books.

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  • Elisha
  • 30-08-18

Fantastic

Fantastic account of Boston George. A enthralling look at the life of one of the United States most notorious drug smugglers.

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  • Grove girl
  • 01-10-20

Great book

I could barely stand listening to the reader not finishing his words although sometimes the lead characters name is George at other times it sounds like “Nore” The book is great though two thumbs up

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  • ProfessorEric
  • 28-07-19

great story

as per usual the book is far superior to the movie! story was highly detailed with the exploits of george jung! have recommended to many people and will continue to do so!

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  • DAMIAN
  • 15-06-18

Scary Journey But Sad Ending

The narrators voice was very pleasing and easy to understand the most memorable part in the book was at the end when his dad played the cassette in his car over and over again telling him good bye for the last time from prison very good book very well layed out it becomes more adventurous towards the last 40% of the book.

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  • Lauren
  • 21-08-21

Massachusetts residents beware

I’m from this area and I’m really interested in this story, but I can’t listen to this terrible accent. This isn’t how we talk and it makes this audiobook unlistenable.

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  • Robert Castellano
  • 05-07-18

excellent read very In depth

very very good books I love how's it going to detail how the drug trade works definitely a good read

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  • JSH-NJ
  • 27-09-21

Fascinating story

This was much more involved than the movie, giving a real in depth explanation of the development of the cocaine industry in the US. The ending when George’s dying father is listening to George’s tape from prison was heartbreaking. Stephen Bowlby did an amazing job of narration, bringing this story to life.

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  • Katomic
  • 08-09-21

Fascinating look at '80s era cocaine smuggling.

What a great book! Because I mostly read true crime on Audible, I was not sure that it would hold my attention. Boy was I wrong. It reads like a thriller novel, the depth of detail is both impressive and just enough, and it's really fun to run across names you remember from headlines during that period. Highly informative and entertaining!

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  • laniferous
  • 03-09-21

Narrator's dumb accents are ruining this book

I *really* wanted to enjoy this book. The subject matter alone should make it a 10/10 ride, but..... it's just not. The narrator reads competently, but his pathetic attempts at a Maine and South American accents are just laughable. Every character south of the border honest to god sounds like Cheech (of Cheech and Chong fame). It's cringe inducing. Plus, he's kind of flat. Also, it's just not that well written. If you told me the author wrote it himself from his jail cell without a ghost writer, I'd believe you. He's a corn ball, I'm getting second hand embarrassment from his descriptions of women especially. (I know, it was a different time). How can such a powerful drug smuggler doing such outrageous things be so embarrassing to listen to talk?! A damn shame. Also, you can basically skip chapter 3, unless you enjoy excruciatingly expanded and unnecessary detail about his high school football career, and the town to whom football was everything~