The Last Narco

  • by Malcolm Beith
  • Narrated by John Allen Nelson
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The dense hills of Sinaloa, Mexico, are home to the most powerful drug lord since Pablo Escobar: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Responsible for uncountable murders since taking charge of the Sinaloa cartel in the 1990s, and a central figure in the recent surge in drug-related violence and bloodshed, Guzman is among the world's ten most wanted men - and also appeared on Forbes magazine's 2009 billionaire list.
With his massive wealth, his army of professional killers, and a network of informants that reaches into the highest levels of government, catching Guzman was considered impossible - until now. The all-out war between the Mexican cartels has isolated Guzman from former partners at the same time that the Mexican government has intensified its fight to restore order and end the terror. With El Chapo vulnerable as never before, Mexican and DEA authorities are closing in, and journalist Malcolm Beith, a Newsweek contributor who has spent years reporting on the drug wars, follows the chase with full access to senior officials and exclusive interviews with soldiers and drug traffickers in the region, including members of Guzman's cartel.
The Last Narco combines fearless reporting with the story of El Chapo's legendary rise from a poor farming family to the "capo" of the world's largest drug empire. The Last Narco is an essential book about one of the most pressing and dramatic stories in the news today.

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What the Critics Say

"Courageous, gritty, and gripping." (Publishers Weekly)

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Informative yet unintentionally hilarious

If you're a fan of Killing Pablo type journalism, you will most likely find this informative, but the narrator's attempts at a Mexican dialect are just horrible and made me laugh out loud. He comes off sounding more Chinese than Mexican, and considering how many talented Latino and Latina actors there are -- or even Anglos who can execute a passable accent -- if I was Hispanic I think I might be slighlty offended. Sorry, John Alen Nelson, you have a fine voice and all, but a man's gotta know his limitations. Or as you might call them, "Lee-ma-tay-chuns."
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- Jonathan kalkin

Wow! Great story.

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

El Chapo made the Forbes billionaire's list. He stayed (partied) for several years in a Mexican prison -- until he was supposed to be extradited to the USA. Suddenly he disappeared. He has been on the run for over 10 years -- with a $7million reward for his capture (US and Mexico).

Where did he come from (poor poor)? How did he rise? Who are the other players in the story? I have lived in Mexico for several years (close to the prison he escaped from). El Chapo is a mystery. It was interesting to get the details behind the story, as well as the other narcos involved.

It was also interesting to hear the details of El Chapo's time in prison. He was captured in 1993 and escaped in 2001.


What about John Allen Nelson’s performance did you like?

The complaints about his spanish accent, almost kept me from getting the book. I can promise that these complaints were very exaggerated. In no way does the narrator distract from the story. I have listened to the book twice, and I can understand why he has narrated so many books. He is good. The book kept my interest from beginning to end.


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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio