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Gangsters and Goodfellas

Narrated by: William Hope
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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"In 1980, my life as a 'Goodfella' came to an end… I traded my Brioni and Armani suits for T-shirts and jeans. I became a normal citizen. I became Joe Schmoe," says Henry Hill, author of Gangsters and Goodfellas and subject of Wiseguy, which was the inspiration for the blockbuster film Goodfellas.

After a quarter of a century of silence, Hill can finally tell us the rest of the story, Gangsters and Goodfellas picks up where Wiseguy left off, taking readers on the crazy ride of Henry's life - hiding out in the Witness Protection Programme, doing prison time for drug charges, testifying in high-profile, heavily guarded mafia trials, leaving his wife and children and eventually ending up in the entertainment business.

Including an exclusive selection of photographs from Henry's personal collection, Gangsters and Goodfellas also reveals Henry's lifelong struggle with addiction, his 'business' relationships that have ranged from mob bosses to movie producers and how, through everything, he survived.

Henry Hill, the inspiration for the book Wiseguys and movie Goodfellas is the co-author of A Goodfella's Guide to New York and The Wiseguy Cookbook. He lives in Los Angeles. Gus Russo, a critically-acclaimed investigative reporter and author of The Outfit and Live by the Sword, lives in Baltimore.

©2013 Henry Hill (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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Boring Whinge

One long self serving whine from Hill about life in the Witsec programme. I came away with the impression that this guy has gotten away with being a complete scumbag all his life yet still acts like he is some kind of martyr. My advice would be don't buy this book and put any more money in his pocket. I wish I hadn't. It's boring anyway.

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Good story

Once you get over the dodgy voice it's good listen! Really enjoyed this one, thanks

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Very Good without too much violence.

Was a great read! very good to have a mob story that was very factual but not too much violence. Love or hate Henry you have to admire his ability to keep changing in moulding to the environment.

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I Enjoyed It!

I found the narration very good.
I'm interested in Mafia stories and read this book when it first came out but enjoyed it much more by listening.

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Absolutely fantastic

A great insight into a life that was cultivated by the mob! Fantastic narration too... thoroughly enjoyed it! If you’re fascinated by the mob, this book is for you.

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Good fella, great story.

Goodfellas is one of my favourite films. This book gives a good insight into Henry's life through his Mobster days and time in the Witness protection programme. Amazing detail of the big scores Henry, Paulie and Jimmy were involved. Entertaining read.

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Disingenuous rehash of goodfellas and whining....

The book itself I imagine is the real issue. Goodfellas would appear to have covered the meat of this chap's story. I had rather hope for insight into WITSEC etc, but to be honest the vaguely OK bits are merely repeats of old content and anything new is self-aggrandizing waffle read but a chap who I can't make my mind up about. He has this really annoying whiny way of describing the downbeats of the book. Unfortunately, that's 50% of the content, and this the cadence of the book seems to bounce along in an odd see-saw way. At the end of the day, there is nothing to see here apart from a deluded has-been wax lyrical about the past, while drinking away the present.

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Good

Very good audio book but can’t help but say to myself “he’s full of sh*t” with some of the stuff he was saying, for example about the police officer counting him his 20 grand and Henry making him count it 3 times, as if he was still making like 20 grand a week on witness protection. Just think he was glorifying his roll/part in the mob but each to their own opinion. With that being said it’s still a great audio book to gather more information on goodfellas/wise guys

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Excellent choice

I really enjoyed this book. It gives an insight to what Henry had to deal with when he became a supergrass. Highly recommend.

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The fascination of felony

Henry Hill was a career criminal who only turned to become an informant because he was facing a life in jail. He’s beaten wives and girlfriends, been a perennial addict to fringe and alcohol, made heaps of money which he’s wasted and he should be a repulsive character. And yet there’s something utterly compelling about his story, read here by William Hope but in Henry’s words. Obviously intelligent, Henry is also honest; just as you’re thinking “ you’re an idiot” he’ll say “I’m an idiot”. He doesn’t hide from his crimes or his failings. At times the story is painfully open but throughout, it is a fascinating insight into the murky world of organised crime, the characters and the motivations. And, ultimately, it sends a clear message that this lifestyle is a mug’s choice. Have a listen, you won’t be disappointed and I’ll wager that you just can’t help liking the guy.