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4 out of 5 stars
By Julie on 03-24-08

Good Book.. HORRIBLE Narrator

The content of this book is very good and interesting. Unfotunately, the narrator does such a horrific job that it makes it almost unlistenable. I will NEVER buy a book if this guy is reading it again!

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Harry JD on 03-12-08

Killed by Narrator

I have never wrote a review on here before. I am usually happy with all the narrators on the books I get here. This is horrible. I can't believe this guy is drinking and burping out loud on the book. I am considering just giving up and deleting the file.

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19 of 20 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By John on 02-07-08

I need to modify my review

Mr. Heller singlehandedly ruins this audiobook by drinking too close to the microphone, burping (don't do voice-overs and drink soda!)

This otherwise five-star book loses stars for this distraction.

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12 of 13 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 03-31-10

Couldn't stop listening

Despite the bad reviews based on the "poor narration", I went ahead and got this book. There is nothing wrong with the narrator. There were no burps, gurgles, wheezing, or gulping to really notice. Not the best narration I ever heard, but certainly not worth some of the scathing reviews.

I like true crime stories, especially ones where the charater (or perpetrator) is a genuinly likeable guy getting over on the system (think Catch Me if you Can). This book rates right up there and was an exciting read. The movie with the same title does not compare, as it is completly re-written for Hollywood and changes just about everything. The book is MUCH better and details the life of the MIT students who used their brains to beat the system.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the author switches back and forth from his point of view to the main character's, and proves a bit confusing at times. Other than that, an excellent book.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By M. Clipper on 04-30-08

Liked the movie, loved the book.

I had wanted to read "Bringing Down the House" before the movie "21" came out, but Audible didn't offer it as an audio book until then. So I saw the movie first. I liked the movie so much, that I immediately downloaded the audio book as soon as I could.

Just like many books made into movies, there are numerous differences between the two, but they are both very enjoyable. However, I preferred the book over the movie just because of how much more detail is provided regarding the card counting techniques and team play. Even though the book lacked the cheesy romance (as played out in the movie), it more than made up for it by being more realistic and believable.

A lot of other reviewers noted the narration was sub-par. While the narrator wasn't the best I've heard, he certainly wasn't the worst. (Although he did sound a little like Casey Kasem.) If you're listening to this in your car, you most likely won't notice the recording flaws. However, they will become apparent when listening to it with headphones.

If you're interested in seeing the movie and reading the book, go see the movie first. I think if I had read the book first, I would have been more disappointed in the movie.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By William on 04-29-08

Good Story / Bad Narrator

Let me start by saying that I have never written a negative review before. I found the story to be really interesting and entertaining. However; after five hours I'm giving up on the narrator. His voice isn't even that bad but the equipment used or maybe poor editing has resulted in every gulp/swallow being heard. After five hours it's like fingernails on a chalkboard.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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