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No matter how good you are if you gamble too many times you will get caught.
It just interesting that there is so much going on out there. You dont know what you dont know.
Its a must read. I finished it in 3 days
It's extremely well written and level detail is amazing. I want to listen again. :-)
What made the experience of listening to American Kingpin the most enjoyable?
This story is told like the author was alongside Ross Ulbricht for his entire life which makes me believe some of the smaller details of the book are just entered for the sake of making the story complete. However, because of this, the story flows extremely well and paints a detailed picture of Ross's life
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This book is absolutely gripping. This book starts off slowly, but soon gets completely riveting. It describes how The Silk Road grew from a small site selling magic mushrooms to the world's biggest online drug store, netting millions for Ross Ulbricht. Although the minor details could be fabricated, Bilton has pieced together the key points of the growth of the Silk Road and takes you on an epic journey from the start to the end of the Silk Road leaving you in no doubt as to Ross's guilt. An excellent book.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I wasn't enamoured with the writing or narration for this book. It doesn't flow well in places and so many phrases and sentences are repeated, I found myself rolling my eyes and tutting in the same way I do when watching a poorly presented documentary on TV.
The narration sounds a little robotic to begin with, but you do get used to it as the story unfolds.
With my criticisms out the way, it's important to note that I was fascinated from beginning to end. I had heard of the Silk Road, but knew little about it all.
What is clear, is that the author Nick Bilton has done his research (as mentioned at the start and end of the book); the meticulous details and chronological presentation shows how carefully Bilton worked to piece the facts together.
It is an incredible and enthralling true story and despite some misgivings regarding writing and narration, I could not wait to hear the next installment on my daily commute.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
Couldn't put this one down. I hope there's more like this to come. Well written and we'll performed.
This was an unbelievably good listen. Not only was American Kingpin hard to stop once you started it raised such a lot of thought provoking questions that i had to do some more research into Ross Ulbrecht and the Silk Road after i finished the book. It raises a lot of interesting questions into the issues surrounding decriminalisation of the drug trade, the use and abuse of technology and how a ideological viewpoint i.e. libertarian politics can turn a "good person" over to the dark side of drug trafficking. Nick Bilton writes this book in such an engaging style that it is totally enthralling for the listener. My best read of the year to date.