Being Oscar

  • by Oscar Goodman, George Anastasia
  • Narrated by Oscar Goodman
  • 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Being Oscar, one of America's most celebrated criminal defense attorneys recounts the stories and cases of his epic life. The Mafia's go-to defender, he has tried an estimated 300 criminal cases, and won most of them. Goodman's roster of clients reads like a history of organized crime: Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, and "Lefty" Rosenthal, as well as Mike Tyson and boxing promoter Don King, along with a midget, a dentist, and a federal judge.
After 35 years as a defender, Goodman ran for mayor of Las Vegas, and America's greatest Mob lawyer became the mayor of its sexiest city. He was so popular his image appeared on the $5, $25, and $100 chips. While mayor of Vegas, Goodman starred on the big screen in Rush Hour 2 and on TV in CSI. He is as large a character in the history of organized crime as any of his clients and as legendary a figure in the history of Las Vegas as the entrepreneurs (his friends and clients) who built the city. This is his astonishing story - the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

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Not as good as I expected

This book is moderately interesting, but I got bored with it and returned it. After a while all the stories pretty much sounded the same, and his voice isn't the easiest to listen to after a while.
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- Eric Schurr

Somewhat interesting bio; lousy performance

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Goodman's narration was like that of a kid reading aloud from an assigned book in English class. Phrasing and emphasis were largely random.


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- Octalpus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios