Extended Audio Sample

Download 21: Bringing Down the House Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample 21: Bringing Down the House Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions Audiobook, by Ben Mezrich Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Mezrich Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9780743570824
Regular Price: $17.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

THE #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER—NOW THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE 21

The long-running New York Times bestseller that has become a cultural phenomenon, Bringing Down the House is an action-filled caper carried out by the unlikeliest of cons—supersmart geeks. Gambling pervaded the MIT campus, and genius kids with money and glittering futures were just as likely to be found in a Paradise Island casino as in the school library. A highly elite group of mathletes was recruited to join The Club, a small, secret blackjack organization dedicated to counting cards and beating the major casinos across the nation at their own game. As a successful ring of card savants, backed by a mysterious ringleader and shadowy investors, they infiltrated Vegas and won millions.

The Boston Herald acclaimed it as “a suspenseful tale that portrays the players as Davids going up against Goliaths.” Filled with tense action, high stakes, and incredibly close calls, Bringing Down the House is a nail-biting chronicle of a real-life Ocean's Eleven. It's one story that Vegas does not want you to know.

Download and start listening now!

BK_SANS_001036

Quotes & Awards

  • "Will grip anyone who has ever hoped to break the bank at Monte Carlo."

    -- Booklist

  • "A lively tale that could pass for thriller fiction....More amazing because it really happened."

    -- Rocky Mountain News
  • “A lively tale that could pass for thriller fiction...More amazing because it really happened.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “This account of the MIT nerds who (legally!) beat the Vegas casinos out of millions [is a] fascinating true story...[Heller] provides an intelligent, contained interpretation. The mix of tabloid writing and Apollonian delivery works particularly well. A tasty snack of a listen.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Will grip anyone who has ever hoped to break into the bank at Monte Carlo.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlos | 2/19/2014

    " The fact that it's based on a true story only adds to the effect the book has on the reader. A nice mix between a chronicle about the MIT team and a thriller, the book only falters towards the end, where I felt they rushed the conclusion of the story too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lianne | 2/15/2014

    " great set up for the movie. which i can't wait to see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vern Wolfley | 2/14/2014

    " Very interesting book. A good quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marni | 2/13/2014

    " I'm not a huge nonfiction reader, but this book was fascinating and entertaining. It reads like fiction; I was tense and worried as I read it. And since I really dislike Las Vegas and everything it represents, it was enjoyable to learn how some young people stuck it to the casinos! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/1/2014

    " Good summer read. Fascinating because it was true... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dvarenne | 1/29/2014

    " Engrossing account of those legendary card counters from MIT. The book did a good job of recreating the atmosphere inside the casinos and the suspense and apprehension of playing for big bucks while trying not to get "back-roomed" by burly bouncers. Recommended for anyone who plays cards even occasionally and dreams of hitting it big! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 1/10/2014

    " Very entertaining book. I always like to read books about the little guys taking the big casinos for everything they've got. Mezrich writing is effortless, which makes for a quick read. Makes me want to play some blackjack. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori | 1/10/2014

    " AMAZING. Saw the movie first unfortunately, but ran to Target RIGHT after and bought the book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 10/29/2013

    " I defy anyone not to try the plus one minus one after reading this "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Oberheim | 10/14/2013

    " Quite an interesting read although not exactly a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron Crawford-mook | 6/14/2013

    " Even if this isn't a true story, I was riveted from the start. Change the label to fiction and I would still gladly read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 crystal | 5/31/2013

    " crazy MIT kids... so clever in how they come up with their system of beating blackjack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Stephens | 3/28/2013

    " Very cool book. I think everyone has read it or at least seen the movie version (which differs tremendously). Again, with all Mezrich books, gotta take of it what you will because you know there are gross exaggerations throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diener | 3/15/2013

    " Interesting story made more intriguing in the hands of this gifted storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 meeschka | 1/29/2013

    " easy to read & very explanatory. didn't expect to really love it, but i did! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Gregorio | 12/30/2012

    " May 2006 book club at Donna's "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 4/21/2012

    " Not the best-written book ever, but an incredibly fun read, especially since it actually happened (more or less, I guess). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 4/16/2012

    " I have already read this book but I re-read it for our book group. I thought it was pretty interesting, especially since it was a true story. I cannot imagine the amount of money these kids were bringing in. I would have been too paranoid about getting caught. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 4/15/2012

    " when i moved into my house in Oakland i made this goal that i would not buy any more books until i had read anything on our shelves... this was one that Ains owned... its read as almost a thriller or suspense book and though gambling isnt my thing... i would recommend it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 4/1/2012

    " I really enjoyed the audio recording of this book. It's suspenseful and fascinating and all based on a true story! The author sums up the risks the characters take along with their enjoyment of card-counting. I highly recommend this for a quick, suspenseful, yet educational read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristie Castellini | 2/26/2012

    " Very entertaining and not a tough or long read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 8/21/2011

    " I saw the movie first it was pretty good but the book was by far better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michãel | 6/12/2011

    " Interesting story on group of MIT students who take Blackjack Basic Strategy and card counting to a new level and fleece Vegas and other casinos until they are discovered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 6/8/2011

    " A great story - interesting and fascinating - a true page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/31/2011

    " I was surprised at how un-boring this book is...I'm very left-brained and very un-good at numbers, so reading a book that's essentially - well - numbers, was about as uninviting of a prospect as regular Pepsi.

    I liked the story, but hated the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/23/2011

    " Excellent Book! I highly recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Tolbert | 3/17/2011

    " A fast-paced story about six MIT geniuses who legally beat Vegas's largest casinos out of more than $3 million in less than two years. I am not a big fan of gambling, but I still enjoyed this book. I'd recommend it highly for people who love math! "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. He has published fifteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award–winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which was the basis for the hit movie 21, as well as the national bestseller Once Upon a Time in Russia.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.