Doctor Dealer

  • by Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by Christopher Kipiniak
  • 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Doctor Dealer is the story of Larry Lavin, a bright, charismatic young man who rose from his working-class upbringing to win a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, earn Ivy League college and dental degrees, and buy his family a house in one of Philadelphia's most exclusive suburbs. But behind the facade of his success was a dark secret - at every step of the way he was building the foundation for a cocaine empire that would grow to generate over $60 million in annual sales. Award-winning journalist Mark Bowden tells the saga of Lavin's rise and fall with the gripping, novelistic narrative style that won him international acclaim as the author of the New York Times best-seller Black Hawk Down.


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Mark Bowden characterized, and depicted Larry Lavin as one of the many amiable, professional entrepreneurs many of us want to emulate one day; whether ones path be legitimacy or illegitimacy, perhaps both- To read the story of Mr Lavin is true pleasure, while easily relating to not only his character/personality but that of his peers, associates, and fellow drug dealers who all make this entertaining saga of riches living high, inclusive of the ups & downs associated with the aforementioned risk with drugs. A semi Wolf Of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort persona is exuded in lavish things in life, while having an out more than one occasion, Unfortunately greed cannot continue to persevere in the lifestyle chosen by Larry Lavin in this book, and Bowden rocked it out as he did in writing Killing Pablo, only this lesser known story Trumped that in my opinion. Well written, easy to form characters cations based on Bowdens attention to detail & seamless portrayal of the story in addition to the setting, history, and overall tone....Only question: WHERE IS THE SCREENPLAY!
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- Richard Owens


Would you try another book from Mark Bowden and/or Christopher Kipiniak?

I have read other books by Bowden including Killing Pablo and Black Hawk Down. The book is a pale comparison to those 2 excellent writings.

Has Doctor Dealer turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I wish that the author had chosen a more compelling story or more colorful characters. This is a very uninteresting book.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Kipiniak – was your favorite?

None, they all blend into each other that it's difficult to tell them apart.

Any additional comments?

Surprised and disappointed that Mark Bowden chose to tell this story. These people are boring and the story is the direct opposite of "suspenseful".

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- K. Mckenna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios