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  • Summary

  • Please note: contains strong language, depictions of violence and references to suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

    Sir Michael Caine knows a thing or two about gangs: whether that’s joining one as a kid, or playing gangsters in movies for over 50 years. Organised crime has captivated pop culture for decades, from the Krays to the Mafia. 

    Now Caine delves into the real stories behind the gangs we think we know so well, revealing the hidden realities behind the myths. And he throughout the series he asks: can a gang ever truly be ‘successful’?

    Producer: 7Digital

    ©2021 Audible, Ltd (P)2021 Audible, Ltd
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Respect

    Jun 30 2021

    The Krays: Michael Caine begins his journey close to home in 1960s London, when he met the capital’s most infamous twins. How did they command so much respect?

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    50 mins
  • Ep. 2: A Gap in the Market

    Jun 30 2021

    Griselda Blanco: One of the most obvious measures of a gang’s success is their wealth, and few have accumulated more ‘The Black Widow’. Michael tracks the rise and fall of one of Columbia’s most dangerous criminals.

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    50 mins
  • Ep. 3: As Far Back as I Can Remember

    Jun 30 2021

    John Gotti: To maintain a successful enterprise a gang has to appeal to new recruits. No one did this better than the Italian-American Mafia and its most famous boss, John Gotti.

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    55 mins

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Spoiled by irritating music. Dialog drowned out.

Was looking forward to this. I listened to the first two chapters. Just had to stop after the 2nd chapter. Spoiled by irritating music throughout.
Just like every Audible original that is included with membership, it is constantly assaulting (or should that be Insulting) the ears with added music.
Why do they keep spoiling the Audible included content with this nonsense?
It's meant to be an audiobook, not a flipping musical.

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Awful!

I really do object when crimals are lauded as heroes, they are evil men, not worthy of praise. I cannot read beyond the first chapter as it just makes me angry!

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Superb, Riveting Back To Back Listening.

Sir Michael Caine performs an excellent narration in this brilliant, informative & captivating production.

The veil is lifted so we get to peek beyond the mystique, the stereotypes and myths surrounding some notoriously well known (& not so well known) gangs & gangsters.

We get some reveling insights into the psychology of the gang, facts from fiction and the truth behind the stories.

It's refreshingly good that the gang's victims are also given compassionate consideration so whilst acknowledging our virtually obsessive fascination with gangs & gangsters, it's not just about glorification of gangs & gangsters, infact far from.

The live interviews especially one with a former female 'gang' member's a bit of a surprise & also quite touching.

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Excellent but brutal.

Their are many lessons to be learned. I highly recommend you start here with this one!😱

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Cracking!

Very educational, broken down into sections, easy listening and highly addictive. Michael Caine is blinding!

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gangs.

very interesting listening, an eye opener on the world of gangs and gang culture. Great reading by Michael Caine.

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Michael Caine gangs

loved it informative and very educational. Sir Michael was AWESOME I wanted to listen to all 6 episodes at once but at the same time did NOT want to finish thank you Audible

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Brilliant stories

I became completely immersed in all of these stories. Micheal Caine brilliant as ever and talking to those involved made it so real. loved it and I will probably listen to it again. Definitely recommend listening to this.

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A Very Good Listen

Originals has proved its worth again. I think it should be lauded for the variety of content. Michael Caine is always good value and gave this s degree of 'geezer' gravitas. The idea was an interesting one and was split well, though personally I found the Mafia pieces - 2 episodes - to feel oddly positioned between the others. Somehow it broke the flow, though that's wholly personal preference, it's in no way(sic) bad. I would buy another if it was a series.

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pre recorded horse shite

absolute cardboard. whoever editted this was either on a promise or it was their first job. I have better conversation with my Alexa.
1 star given as you have to give at least one. just writing this review while my fence panel dries.

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  • Don W.
  • 07-07-21

starts strong, ends poorly.

Michael Caine 's delivery is spot on. I enjoyed the first few episodes and learned a few things. By the end the excuses for aberrant behavior because of skin color wrote thin. Every scum bag criminal in this series was white up until the final one who, for some reason, her dark colored skin made her criminality excusable or sympathetic.

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  • John Eleen
  • 05-07-21

like a history lesson over brandy

I can listen to Michael Caine all day and feel debonair and refined during my retail job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-21

Michael Caine

my only critical point would be the choice of putting background music every 30 seconds. But this is more than made up with Michael Caine's smooth buttery voice.

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  • Alice
  • 03-07-21

Makes my membership worth it

Gangster history series narrated by none other than Sir Michael Cain, you say? Say no more! Excellent audio quality too.

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  • Sue N.
  • 07-07-21

Gangs through the eyes of Michael Caine

The star of the original Italian Job gives his unique blend of story telling and humor to a great crime series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-21

Well done, Michael.

Close your eyes.

Imagine Michael Caine did a great podcast about gangs.

That’s exactly what this.

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  • Jose M.
  • 10-07-21

fun story telling

informative but not necessarily a super deep dive into each gang ring they covered. would liked a little deeper dive of each. Michael Caine is legend

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  • 09-07-21

Another Masterpiece

Love this and everything else Micheal has done!
Excellent listen. Highly addictive! Listened more than once!

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  • Brandon & Cacia
  • 02-07-21

Great series

I really enjoyed this series and learning more about each of these 'gangs'. Michael and the rest of the cast were excellent.

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  • Christopher Christensen
  • 28-07-21

Skin color is no excuse for being a Criminal

Starts off good then falls flat to the modern agenda on how whites are just bad people in general and colored people have an excuse for committing crimes when they do commit them... 5 stars for the beginning 0 for the end

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