One of a Kind

  • by Nolan Dalla, Peter Alson
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

He was a legend before he was of legal age. Stuey Ungar dropped out of high school to become an underground card-table sensation, eventually taking out every top gin-rummy player on the east coast. Bankrolled by the Genovese crime family, Ungar went on to win the World Series of Poker a record three times. Then his luck began to run out.Nolan Dalla was commissioned by Ungar in 1998 to pen his story, resulting in hundreds of hours of taped interviews and conversations. The result is the startling tale of a man who won at his game and lost control of his life. Notorious for gambling every single dollar in his pocket, Ungar won an estimated $30 million in his lifetime, but when he was found dead in a Las Vegas motel at the age of 45, he had only $800 in cash on his person, with no bank account or home address.

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What the Critics Say

"[A] heartfelt, respectful and accepting biography." (Publishers Weekly)
"A fascinating, cautionary tale." (Chicago Tribune)
"A standout among this year's bumper crop of poker books." (New York magazine)

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Truly One Of A Kind...

Being interested in poker and its history prompted me to check this out and I was not dissapointed. It's an entertaining if tragic story of a man who for all his natural abilities could not conquer himself. I think the appeal of this book lies in its focusing on a person who came to exist so utterly on his own terms outside the borders of "normal" society that there is an attractive element of escapism to the narrative. Much of the credit for my complete immersion must go to the narrator. His individual voice characterizations, some more dramatized than others, gave the story life and his general tone of voice suited this type of story to a T. Great job. If you have an interest in poker or the gambling world in general, then this book is certainly for you. If you don't, you won't find a more fascinating entry point. Highly recommended.
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- Kasper

emotionally devastating and well read

The Stu Ungar story is engaging and compelling from the get-go. I will look for other books read by Joe Barrett - he did an amazing job. Surprisingly the callous, cliched-heart of Vegas is shattered when you hear of players and friends who tried to help Stu Ungar. Over and over it's a desperate emotional roller coaster - the life of a gifted man who went through one bad beat after another. In substance and tragedy It's Goodfellas meets Casino, meets Raging Bull.
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- S. Stambler

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-23-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.