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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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Would you consider the audio edition of One of a Kind to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print version so I can not compare the 2.
What other book might you compare One of a Kind to and why?
I can't think of any right off hand,. Maybe the store of Howard Hughes
What aspect of Joe Barrett’s performance would you have changed?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The best card player who ever lived and how little we know about who he was.
Any additional comments?
Would have liked to see some specific details into some big hands played so that they could be dissected and discussed.
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Loved this book. first review I've written on audible. worth buying even if you're not a poker fan
I've been a poker fan for the last 13 years and don't actually remember how I stumbled onto this book but I'm glad it did. The narrator is excellent & the story is fascinating. I didn't know of Stuey Ungar before this book but now I do and wonder how it's possible that I'd never heard of the guy. What a life lived and wasted at the same time! Recommended!