Wiseguy

  • by Nicholas Pileggi
  • Narrated by Nicholas Pileggi
  • 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nicholas Pileggi’s vivid, unvarnished, journalistic chronicle of the life of Henry Hill - the working-class Brooklyn kid who knew from age twelve that “to be a wiseguy was to own the world,” who grew up to live the highs and lows of the gangster’s life - has been hailed as “the best book ever written on organized crime” (Cosmopolitan).
This is the true-crime bestseller that was the basis for Martin Scorsese’s film masterpiece GoodFellas, which brought to life the violence, the excess, the families, the wives and girlfriends, the drugs, the payoffs, the paybacks, the jail time, and the Feds... with Henry Hill’s crackling narration drawn straight out of Wiseguy and overseeing all the unforgettable action.

Read it and experience the secret life inside the mob - from one who’s lived it.
Now with an introduction by Martin Scorcese.

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What the Critics Say

"The best book ever written on organized crime." (Cosmopolitan)
Wiseguy goes nonstop...absolutely engrossing." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

ABRIDGED!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not get this unless you are a die hard fan of the story (as I am).


What did you like best about this story?

This is a great story,because it's true.


Have you listened to any of Nicholas Pileggi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Pileggi does a decent job as the reader,but I don't think he was the best choice.


Any additional comments?

Beware of the "actors" playing various characters. They do a horrendous job! Accents way off,inflection bad,just awful casting. I look forward to an unabridged version with a professional narrator (actor) and appropriate casting if needed. I prefer one reader doing all the characters myself.

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- Ronnie

I prefer movie or unabridged version

This version adds almost nothing to the movie, and it lacks the imagery of the movie. I read the unabridged version long ago (before the movie came out) and enjoyed it. But this seems chopped down too much.
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- Phil O.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio