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  • Summary

  • Please note: contains strong language, depictions of violence and references to suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

    Sir Michael Caine knows a thing or two about gangs: whether that’s joining one as a kid, or playing gangsters in movies for over 50 years. Organised crime has captivated pop culture for decades, from the Krays to the Mafia. 

    Now Caine delves into the real stories behind the gangs we think we know so well, revealing the hidden realities behind the myths. And he throughout the series he asks: can a gang ever truly be ‘successful’?

    Producer: 7Digital

    ©2021 Audible, Ltd (P)2021 Audible, Ltd
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Respect

    Jun 30 2021

    The Krays: Michael Caine begins his journey close to home in 1960s London, when he met the capital’s most infamous twins. How did they command so much respect?

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    50 mins
  • Ep. 2: A Gap in the Market

    Jun 30 2021

    Griselda Blanco: One of the most obvious measures of a gang’s success is their wealth, and few have accumulated more ‘The Black Widow’. Michael tracks the rise and fall of one of Columbia’s most dangerous criminals.

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    50 mins
  • Ep. 3: As Far Back as I Can Remember

    Jun 30 2021

    John Gotti: To maintain a successful enterprise a gang has to appeal to new recruits. No one did this better than the Italian-American Mafia and its most famous boss, John Gotti.

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    55 mins

Publisher's Summary

Please note: contains strong language, depictions of violence and references to suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

Sir Michael Caine knows a thing or two about gangs: whether that’s joining one as a kid, or playing gangsters in movies for over 50 years. Organised crime has captivated pop culture for decades, from the Krays to the Mafia. 

Now Caine delves into the real stories behind the gangs we think we know so well, revealing the hidden realities behind the myths. And he throughout the series he asks: can a gang ever truly be ‘successful’?

Producer: 7Digital

©2021 Audible, Ltd (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

What listeners say about Michael Caine: Gangs

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  • Myfamilyisloved
  • 2021-07-10

Underwhelming, Nauseous and Slightly Misleading

Like most users, I suspect, I chose to listen to this audio book because of Michael Caine. When you actually get to hear his voice (there are a number of others) his performance is classic Caine—brilliant. However, like most topics these days, instead of being entertaining the producers have elected to turn the program into a platform for social politics—cue the vomit.

Explaining how John Gotti became John Gotti is one thing. Asserting that it was racism, poverty and the lack of ‘social capital’ that caused Gotti to become a sadistic, violent criminal that plagued his own people and society as a whole is quite another.

Next time you want to bring in so-called experts to upstage Michael Caine (who again, is brilliant) may I humbly suggest a new title and place it in the psychology/political/social mad-science section:

Michael Caine (and other randos): Gangs and how you and the rest of society can feel bad about being the reason they exist.

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  • Don W.
  • 2021-07-07

starts strong, ends poorly.

Michael Caine 's delivery is spot on. I enjoyed the first few episodes and learned a few things. By the end the excuses for aberrant behavior because of skin color wrote thin. Every scum bag criminal in this series was white up until the final one who, for some reason, her dark colored skin made her criminality excusable or sympathetic.

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  • John Eleen
  • 2021-07-05

like a history lesson over brandy

I can listen to Michael Caine all day and feel debonair and refined during my retail job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-06

Michael Caine

my only critical point would be the choice of putting background music every 30 seconds. But this is more than made up with Michael Caine's smooth buttery voice.

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  • Alice
  • 2021-07-03

Makes my membership worth it

Gangster history series narrated by none other than Sir Michael Cain, you say? Say no more! Excellent audio quality too.

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  • Christopher Christensen
  • 2021-07-28

Skin color is no excuse for being a Criminal

Starts off good then falls flat to the modern agenda on how whites are just bad people in general and colored people have an excuse for committing crimes when they do commit them... 5 stars for the beginning 0 for the end

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  • Sue N.
  • 2021-07-07

Gangs through the eyes of Michael Caine

The star of the original Italian Job gives his unique blend of story telling and humor to a great crime series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-05

Well done, Michael.

Close your eyes.

Imagine Michael Caine did a great podcast about gangs.

That’s exactly what this.

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  • Jose M.
  • 2021-07-10

fun story telling

informative but not necessarily a super deep dive into each gang ring they covered. would liked a little deeper dive of each. Michael Caine is legend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-09

Another Masterpiece

Love this and everything else Micheal has done!
Excellent listen. Highly addictive! Listened more than once!

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