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American Kingpin Audiobook

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of American Kingpin by Nick Bilton, read by Will Damron.

From New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton comes a true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road.

In 2011, Ulbricht, a 26-year-old libertarian idealist and former Boy Scout, launched 'a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them'. He called it Silk Road, opened for business on the Dark Web, and christened himself the Dread Pirate Roberts (after the Princess Bride character). The site grew at a tremendous pace, quickly becoming a $1.2 billion enterprise where you could buy or sell drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, guns, grenades, and poisons.

The Silk Road soon caught the attention of the feds, who embarked on an epic two-year manhunt for the site's proprietor. Ulbricht, in the meantime, struggled to maintain control of his double life and his marketplace, which he originally started to prove that legalising drugs could make society safer. He gradually abandoned his libertarian ideals to rule Silk Road with increasingly authoritarian force. At one point he engaged the services of hired hitmen to take out employees he felt had wronged him. Soon some of the federal agents who were supposed to be hunting for Ulbricht were lured into the dark world and switched sides to join him.

This is a true-life thriller about ambition gone awry, spurred on by the defining clash of our time: the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralised web advocates and the old world of government control, order and the rule of law. Bilton's dazzling rendering and gift for narrative make for an endlessly fascinating drama.

©2017 Nick Bilton (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    Paul C 18/08/2017
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    I'm only half way through this Audiobook but I decided to write a review because I'm so engrossed in this story. I've watched a few things on You Tube about Ross Ulbricht and Silk Road so I knew a few things about it. This Audiobook goes even further with accounts of Ross,Variety Jones, the DEA agents involved and the US Postal Service. A few people have said this statement and I agree....you'll be hooked on this Audiobook after listening to a page or two of it.

    The story is absolutely amazing intertwining chapter between characters within this story and the delivery of the narrator is great and flows brilliantly. I personally don't agree with the length of sentence that Ross or DPR as he was known within Silk Road got and I also believe that he wasn't the only person who was that high up and involved in this site. I'd highly recommend this Audiobook to anyone who is interested or fascinated by the story of Silk Toad or the Dark Web in general. A+++

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    "Engaging and exciting."

    Couldn't stop listening. A fantastic insight into the Silk Road criminal empire. A brilliant book.

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    Paul G. 10/08/2017
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    "Gripping"

    Very thoroughly researched with intricate details on the rise and fall of this notorious marketplace. Narration was also excellent. My first audiobook that caused me to actually look forward to my commute, so that I could continue the story!

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    jacob berlyn 07/08/2017
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    "Amazingly intresting!finshed in 2 days"

    finished it in 2 days, flowes well and an easy to lisson to book. with accuracy of a foresic telling.

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    an extremely detailed insight into ross and how the silk road began. great insight into many differrmt characters from the FBI to his friends

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    "Absolutely superb"

    Excellently researched, written and narrated. The author takes you into the complex mind of a criminal. Just as in "Batman Begins" rather than lazily depict the him as an evil criminal mastermind, the psychology and mind of "Ra's al Ghul" is explored and ultimately enables the viewer to understand why some people are motivated to do things. It is the easiest thing in the world to place labels on people. This book makes no apologies for the protagonist's crimes but at the same time takes the effort to dig deep and tell a fascinating story.

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    Gary 21/07/2017
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    This is an audible 'must listen too!' ! fantastic from start to finish. Simply brilliant

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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    One of the best books I have ever listened to.

    The story is gripping from start to finish.

    It's a true life story, but written as fiction book. I couldn't stop listening and when I wasn't listening I couldn't stop thinking about it.

    Can't recommend it enough

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    Jamie Blakeway Europa 10/07/2017
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    "Fascinating - from start to finish"

    Brilliant story, really well written book and brilliantly read. I'm obsessed with audio books and constantly listen to them so that is a massive compliment! I could not stop listening g to it. Highly recommended.

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    Flew through this book because it was so good! highly recommend it. Level of detail in superb

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