Without a Badge

  • by Jerry Speziale, Mark Seal
  • Narrated by Heath Kizzier
  • 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the start, the man New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik called "a hurricane" was a different kind of cop. A former juvenile delinquent, Jerry Speziale was a loose cannon whose antics got him into the crack dens and shooting galleries of New York's meanest streets - and onto an elite DEA narcotics task force charged with taking down South America's powerful Cali drug cartel.Under the tutelage of a smooth-talking confidential informant, jeans-and-t-shirt Jerry was transformed into Armani-clad Geraldo Bartone, the world's top drug trafficker. As Geraldo, he did things he had never dreamed of - piloting planes, captaining cocaine-filled yachts, and meeting the most powerful kingpins in the brutal drug trade. One false move could take him out of the game for good.Yet within a few years, Jerry and the other officers of the task force became the most successful drug unit in U.S. history. Riding a wave of glory and success, Jerry had no idea that he would be the one scammed next. This is his story.

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Interesting book ruined by sub-par narration

Being a big fan of true crime books, (check out "Havana Nocturne", "Unholy Messenger" "Under and Alone" and "Takedown" for a few of my personal favorites) I had high hopes for "Without a Badge". It may, indeed, be an excellent read. Unfortunately, the narrator chosen for this audiobook presentation was laughably awful. The actual narration of descriptive text was passable, but every time he attempts an accent of any kind, the performance jumps into the realm of the silly. NONE of the attempted accents, (several New York, New Jersey, and various hispanic accents make the list) are anywhere near close to accurate, and in most cases, are so off base they sound like some sort of made up silly voice you'd use to tell a children's story. Or, worse yet, sound like regular speech while randomly scrunching up your mouth to obscure the pronunciation. Sad really, as the subject matter is interesting. I may pick it up and actually read it, provided I can keep a straight face thinking back to the narration of the parts I have already listened to.
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- Stephen

wow!

This was,by far, the most captivating book I've ever read. The narration was excellent and the storyline was absolutely incredible. This man was absolutely nuts! Highly recommended. I can't wait for the movie to come out.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2008
  • Publisher: Books in Motion