Casino

  • by Nicholas Pileggi
  • Narrated by Ron Leibman, Fred Neumann, Ken Weitzman
  • 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Nicholas Pileggi, author of the best-selling Wiseguy -- the #1 best seller that later became the hit movie Goodfellas -- comes this brilliantly told tale of love, marriage, adultery, murder and revenge Mafia-style, the true story of how the mob finally lost its stranglehold over the multi-billion-dollar casino gambling industry of Las Vegas.
No one knew more about casinos than Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, the gambling mastermind who, with his best friend and partner Anthony Spilotro virtually ran Las Vegas for the mob. For years it was the perfect arrangement -- Lefty provided the smarts and obsessive attention to detail, while Tony made sure the bosses stayed happy with their weekly suitcases filled with millions of dollars in skimmed cash. It was so sweet it should have lasted forever, but Lefty's obsession with running the town -- and Tony's obsession with Lefty's beautiful showgirl wife Geri -- eventually led to the betrayals and investigations that exploded into one of the greatest debacles in the mob's history.
A real-life story of love and betrayal set in America's favorite playground, Casino is a Mafia tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, as well as the inside account of just how the mob lost control of the neon money-making machine it created.

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Great Book

This is a great book that goes into more detail than the movie Casino does. It also corrects a few mistakes the movie has at the end, and gives another view on who might have bombed the car Lefty. It was the first audio book I listened to in full. It was great.
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- DV

A good listen for fans of the film and genre.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it if I know the friend to be a fan of Goodfellas, Casino, Pileggi, and that era of mafia stories. It is not for everyone.


What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

That money doesn't mean everything. If money was the only want, then more than one of the main characters would have kept their head down and made a fortune. No, they wanted notoriety too. And in many cases, that cost them.


What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voice, the emphasis of the story.


What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That even with the mafia, gaming commission, and everyone else breathing down his neck, the main character could not lay low.


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- James M. Patton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio