The Brothers Bulger

  • by Howie Carr
  • Narrated by Michael Prichard
  • 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This fresh account of Massachusetts' infamous Bulger brothers unveils a stunning criminal alliance, and with its dual biography format, goes deeper than the New York Times best-selling Black Mass. For the first time, journalist Howie Carr reveals the real story behind the infamous Bulgers, two brothers from South Boston who grew up to control a state.With political corruption on one side and deadly force on the other, the Bulgers shared a diabolic and destructive alliance for decades. James "Whitey" Bulger, the "bad" son, blazed a murderous trail to become Boston's most feared mobster and remains one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives. William "Billy" Bulger, the "good" son, wielded the gavel as president of the Massachusetts State Senate and the University of Massachusetts, but was eventually forced from both positions. The parallel stories of these two brothers, rich in anecdote and shocking in their revelations, read like an unholy hybrid of All the King's Men and The Godfather.


What the Critics Say

"Compelling." (Publishers Weekly)
"A classic, seamy portrait of widespread moral turpitude, conveyed with crackling Boston-Irish sarcasm." (Kirkus Reviews)


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I bought this book because I heard bob Edwards interview the author. I thought it was very interesting, but hearing about the book was much better than actually listening to the book. First of all, the narrator is extremely annoying. He sounds like he's trying just a bit too hard to sound like a professional. Secondly, the book is very hard to follow. It might be easier in print, but listening to it gets a bit confusing because it jumps around chronologically, plus most of the characters have cartoonish mob nicknames that I had a hard time keeping straight. That's of course unavoidable, since it's non-fiction, and maybe that's just my taxed brain, but the fact is that I'm disappointed in this book. I think what could have been a really interesting story is bogged down in details. I think it would probably be much better in an abridged version, though I wouldn't want to listen to that either if it were the same narrator.
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Overall review of Brothers Bulger

Very good book kept me captivated Extremely satisfied I thought I knew about Boston Politics and crime and how they intertwined but after reading this book I discovered how little I really knew Howie in my opinion is a great story teller the audible version of books is great I spend a 2 hours a day in my car commuting to and from work
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-13-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio