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  • Mob Boss

  • The Life of Little Al D'arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia
  • Written by: Jerry Capeci, Tom Robbins
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Alfonso 'Little Al' D'Arco, the former acting boss of the Luchese crime family, was the highest-ranking mobster to ever turn government witness when he flipped in 1991.

His decision to flip prompted many others to make the same choice, including John Gotti's top aide, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, and his testimony sent more than fifty mobsters to prison. In Mob Boss, award-winning news reporters Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins team up for this unparalleled account of D'Arco's life and the New York mob scene that he embraced for four decades.

Until the day he switched sides, D'Arco lived and breathed the old-school gangster lessons he learned growing up in Brooklyn and fine-tuned on the mean streets of Little Italy. But when he learned he was marked to be whacked, D'Arco quit the mob. His defection decimated his crime family and opened a window on mob secrets going back a hundred years.

After speaking with D'Arco, the authors reveal unprecedented insights, exposing shocking secrets, and troublesome truths about a city where a famous pizza parlor doubled as a Mafia center for multi-million-dollar heroin deals, where hit men carried out murders dressed as women, and where kidnapping a celebrity newsman's son was deemed appropriate revenge for the father's satirical novel.

Capeci and Robbins spent hundreds of hours in conversation with D'Arco, and exhausted many hours more fleshing out his stories in this riveting narrative that takes listeners behind the famous witness testimony for a comprehensive look at the Mafia in New York City.

©2013 Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins (P)2013 Tantor

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  • Lisa
  • 2013-12-01

Well written, accurate information, great narrator

If you could sum up Mob Boss in three words, what would they be?

Accurate, honest, in depth.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mob Boss?

Al D'arco's memory is like an encyclopedia of the mob!

Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes- as stellar as the rest

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me gasp at some points.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended- I've listened to almost every mafia book on audible.com and this one definitely ranks up with the best.

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  • JacobA
  • 2019-07-12

So much detail

This book is power packed with details of crimes taken place by the mob. In some cases I felt I lost focus because it was a lot of the same thing. This guy killed this guy. That guy robbed that guy. This guy was arrested and so on and so on. I was waiting for more details about how things worked and how they got away with it. At the end of the book I started getting these details and the story started painting a clear picture for me. So I was not so hot on the book the first half but really enjoyed the second half.

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  • Philip
  • 2017-03-01

Worst narrator ever

I cannot pay attention to this book because of how awful the narration is. It is so monotonous and mind numbing. I cannot tell you if this is a good book or not because I can't get past the awful, awful narrator.

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  • chris torkelson
  • 2021-03-05

Research

the narrator mispronounced the Italian surnames of the various mafioso over and over again some of them are well-known how to pronounce so it was a little off-putting but great story

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  • Robert
  • 2015-03-14

slow in the beginning

stick with it the first few chapters are boring but it does get ready good the future along the story goes

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  • Rory
  • 2017-01-29

good read

very detailed description of activities as seen by little Al.
there were so many names that it was difficult to keep track of them all
but the author reminds you most times of each characters relationships.

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  • Honest Reviewer
  • 2016-12-16

Hands down the best mafia book on audible

Would you listen to Mob Boss again? Why?

already listened to it twice, and yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mob Boss?

i like the parts when the narrator, pretending to be d'arco, gets mad at gaspipe

Which scene was your favorite?

when d'arco yells at gaspipe for being so cheap about giving money to jail-bound guy

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

that gene gotti wasn't a bad guy

Any additional comments?

the narrator is good

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  • B Hart
  • 2015-01-23

Too long, horrible narrator

What disappointed you about Mob Boss?

Too many details, confusing, and horrible narrator.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Down and Under

What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

He brought absolutely nothing to the story! So boring to listen to. He ruined the book for me.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

Any additional comments?

This is a long detailed story of mob life. It starts out promising, but falls flat after that. With a different narrator it may have been a whole different experience.

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  • Lex
  • 2014-11-17

Boring!

What would have made Mob Boss better?

A story. Some details. Any characters with an IQ above 75.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything but a boring mobster book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Prichard’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-04-19

Amazing

Just amazing, reads like fiction but it’s a true story, a totally binge-worthy book