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INCLUDES AN INTRODUCTION WRITTEN AND READ BY MARTIN SCORSESE!

Nicholas Pileggi's vivid, unvarnished, journalistic chronicle of the life of Henry Hill - the working-class Brooklyn kid who knew from age twelve that "to be a wiseguy was to own the world," who grew up to live the highs and lows of the mafia gangster's life - has been hailed as "the best book ever written on organized crime" (Cosmopolitan).

This is the true crime best seller that was the basis for Martin Scorsese's film masterpiece GoodFellas, which brought to life the violence, the excess, the families, the wives and girlfriends, the drugs, the payoffs, the paybacks, the jail time, and the Feds...with Henry Hill's crackling narration drawn straight out of Wiseguy and overseeing all the unforgettable action.

"Nonstop...absolutely engrossing." (The New York Times Book Review)

Listen to it and experience the secret life inside the mob - from one who's lived it.

©1987, 1990 Nicholas Pileggi (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Perfect Basis for a Screenplay..

Martin Scorsese ('Mean Streets', 'Casino', 'The Irishman') knew what he was doing when he made this into 'Goodfellas'. The book gives spectacular insight into the almost mythical world of Wiseguys - giving listeners a firm understanding of why Henry Hill was lured into the life (and fell into disaster).
Author Nicholas Pileggi uses impressive storytelling skills to translate jawdropping gangster anecdotes into an unforgettable book.. an engrossing glimpse into a nearly unimaginable - but undeniably real - organized crime life. The descriptions are vivid, the dialogue authentic, the "characters" true-to-life, and the plot progression unrelenting. This book is very well written. It also contains dozens of extra episodes in Henry Hill's amazing life - those who appreciate the film are in for a treat.

Ari Fliakos handles the majority of the narration and his performance is nearly flawless. His timbre and emotiveness are spot-on and his pacing is unparalleled. The contributions from Corey Brill and Hillary Huber (reading perspectives merged into the text) are likewise commendable - at times it sounds almost like Ray Liotta is narrating.

Altogether, this book has immersive writing, brilliant narration, and quality production standards. It's easily worth a Credit. 9.5/10 stars.

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fugetaboutit!

Amazing story and well told. Scorsese really nailed the essence of the book in Goodfellas.

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  • Rodney
  • 2019-12-16

Finally unabridged

It's the full book, not the edited down version Audible previously released.

5-stars, what's not to like?

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  • Virginia
  • 2020-06-10

Worth a listen

I have been a fan of the movie Goodfellas for years. When it came to purchasing this book I asked myself if I would learn additional information or is this just the movie word for word. I am glad that I purchased this. As a mob enthusiast there is a bunch of information that I had not known. If you have seen the movie you can still enjoy this book.

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  • Rebecca
  • 2020-01-30

This is a “must hear”

This is by far one of the best audible books I’ve ever listened to - I couldn’t “put it down”. Highly recommend.

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  • Holly M.
  • 2020-01-16

Awesome All Around!!

Loved it! My all time favorite movie and the book dug even deeper. Great way to listen and enjoy the book. All that read were fantastic.

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  • William McMillan
  • 2020-02-02

Book VS Film

I feel I'm in the minority who doesn't like the film, I love the mob/mafia genera, and when I found out that it was a book before a film, I knew I wouldn't be able to stop listening. Everything was done so well, you feel like you're right next to Henry as he tells his story. I would definitely recommend to anyone.

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  • Yavor
  • 2019-12-20

great book

highly recommended this book. If you love the movie then you will absolutely love this book.

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  • kyle
  • 2020-11-25

Not only was he a rat, but the story was terrible.

Dog turd totally sloppy not worth a credit and damn sure not worth your time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-20

GREAT performances

Felt like I was actually listening to Henry Hill tell his story! Very well written as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-18

Awesome crime Autobiography!

Loved the story, anecdotes, and the narrators vlice fit the Accent i imagine of a wiseguy narrarating a life of crime.

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  • Crystal R
  • 2020-04-20

Loved it!!!

I recently finished watching the movie Goodfellas and became hooked. I later found out it was based on this book and became persistent on finishing the book in one day.

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