Making Jack Falcone

  • by Joaquin "Jack" Garcia, Michael Levin
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At six-foot-four-inches and 375 pounds, Jack Garcia looked the part of a mobster, and he played his part so perfectly that his Mafia bosses never suspected he was an undercover agent for the FBI."Big Jack Falcone," as he was known inside La Cosa Nostra, learned all the inside dirt about the Gambino organized crime syndicate and its illegal activities---from extortion and loan-sharking to assault and murder. The result was a string of busts and a quarter-million-dollar contract put out on his life.Making Jack Falcone tells the incredible true story of Garcia's audacious attempt to become only the second agent (after "Donnie Brasco") to become a made man in the Mafia. Readers will join Garcia as he attends "Mob School," an intensive course of study designed to teach him everything he needs to know about the Mafia, its operations, and its attitudes. An unprecedented glimpse into the inner workings of the FBI, the book also pulls no punches as Garcia reveals how sometimes the agency ran smoothly and criminals were collared according to plan, while other times tempers flared over the progess of cases.A fascinating inside look at the struggle between law enforcement and organized crime, Making Jack Falcone sheds new light on two organizational cultures that continue to exert an unparalleled grip on the American popular imagination.

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interesting story--offensive narration

The story is fascinating and the book is definitely worth listening to. The 80% of the book about his undercover adventures are awesome. I stayed up late listening to them. The 20% of the book (mostly at the end) where he complains about bureaucrats in the FBI is interminable and you'll just have to fast forward. The author clearly has some major issues with narcissism and, even hearing only his side of story, it's clear he's in denial about the degree to which his work was motivated by the rush of being in with the mob. But, I suspect to be good at what he does, you need to be off-your-rocker to some degree and I know I certainly couldn't have done it. So, it makes for a good story.

The real complaint I have is with the narrator. I really don't get offended easily. but the stereotypical hyper-cliche voices he does for people of various ethnicities is shocking. Don't get me wrong. I like when narrators are expressive and play up different voices for different characters a little bit. I also didn't even midn very much when the character's voice was relevant to the story (e.g., the author talks about how he would intentiaonally use broken english with a hispanic accent for some roles. When the narrator was reading the lines for Garcia playing that character, it is appropriate for him to use broken English with a hispanic accent. But, dear lord!, there's one guy with an asian name in the story. No idea if he was born in Seoul or Nebraska and it doesnt matte to the storyr. But, the narrator voices him like he's in a 70s kung fu movie. Also, there are a few lines from the director of a Jewish nursing home in Westchester. We don't know his name or if he's even Jewish, but the narraotr voices him like Jackie Mason playing an exaggerated Tevya from Fiddler on the Roof. It's really tasteless.
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- Mark

Great Book!

If you like the underworld and many of us do, then this book is for you. Having worked for the federal government and negotiated it's many bureaucratic levels I can side with Joaquin "Jack" Garcia,and his frustrations with the F.B.I. but thank God there are agents like him on the job. We are being attacked from so many sides in this country it is good to know we can all sleep at night knowing their work helps keep us all safe and out of harms way. This book is a must read or hear in this case. Thank you Joaquin "Jack" Garcia, Michael Levin for writing it. I loved it. Frank Slater
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- Frank

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-13-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio