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Publisher's Summary

Mafia Prince is the first-person account of one of the most violent eras in Mafia history - "Little" Nicky Scarfo’s reign as boss of the Philly family in the 1980s - written by Scarfo’s underboss and nephew, "Crazy" Phil Leonetti.
The youngest-ever underboss at the age of 31, Leonetti was at the crux of the violent downfall of the traditional American Mafia in the 1980s when he infiltrated Atlantic City after gambling was legalized, and later turned state’s evidence against his own. His testimony directly led to the convictions of dozens of high-ranking made men including John Gotti, Vincent Gigante, and his own uncle, Nicky Scarfo - sparking the beginning of the end of La Cosa Nostra.
Just as The Godfather and Boardwalk Empire defined the early 20th century Mafia, and Wiseguy and Casino depicted the next great era through the ’70s, Mafia Prince concludes this epic genre revealing the Mafia’s violent final heyday of the 1980s straight from the horse’s mouth.
©2012 Phillip Leonetti, Scott Burnstein and Christopher Graziano (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 03-28-14

Guilty pleasure.

What did you love best about Mafia Prince?

An honest read. The best kind. Not one dull minute.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The narrator was the best!

Which scene was your favorite?

When Philip decided to become a whistle blower and think of himself and his family. Sometimes it is very difficult to make the intelligent choice. Everybody loves a winner.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.

Any additional comments?

I really couldn't put this book down. It is very well written and well read. I felt like someone was sitting across the table from me talking just to me. I love honesty in a story, and this book takes the academy award for that.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Unapologetic on 01-03-15

Honest and predictable

Narrator did an excellent job with his spot on accent. Book itself is nothing shocking or revealing for anyone who has read about the mafia in the past. However, on a deeper note, it is fascinating to learn about internal working of organized crime. The depiction of treachery and deceit between phil and his no good uncle is what makes this a worth while listen. Also enjoyed the mafia lingo and the related terms. Especially the "sign of the gun", which I now use during safety briefs to warn my troops to either behave "or else it's this....".
God bless Phil for changing his ways, wish him all the luck.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barry Rogers on 07-04-14

Now that was good.

Would you consider the audio edition of Mafia Prince to be better than the print version?


What did you like best about this story?

The story is fantastic. I listened and felt like I was having a chat with the author. It is told very well and feels like it was an honest description to the story's. Every person you expected to be in the book are there and more.

What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?

L. J. Ganser's performance was great. He helped make the book more enjoyable. The sroys is gripping at times and L.J. must have enjoyed the book because there was no drop in performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I drive to and from work listening to audiobooks. I found the time was flying while I listened to book. I was looking forward to the drive. (From work yes :) )

Any additional comments?

There is little I didnt enjoy about this book. I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much. So many books on the Mafia and most are a let down. I was disappointing when the book finished just because it was so enjoyable I wanted more.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul C on 09-23-17

Great Audiobook

I really enjoyed listening to this Audiobook, the narrator done a great job telling the story. There was a few too characters but that's understandable due to the story being about the Cosa Nostra. I'll definitely listen to this more than a 2nd time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By anita_c on 02-22-18

What an insight this book gives!

While the style fell into occassional repetetiveness, Perhaps this was purposeful to give it a journalistic story quality.

Most importantly this story resonated is an authentic description by a person who fell into a complicated and painful lifestyle, too young to understand what trap he had stepped into.

When someone is a made man, the very thing that made him so potentially traps him for life.

It is an insight into the complexity that is the mafia, that attracts people to an idea of honour, which is then subverted by individuals, leaders whose weak egos lead them to drown in their lust for power or just simply slide into sociopathy.

Its a pity this tight knit society, can’t turn its skills to being a force for creating safe communities, rediscovering the ideal of honour on which it was founded long ago, when it served as protector of simple people, just freed from feudal control.

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