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Author: Bruce Porter Narrator: Stephen Bowlby Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781538478332
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Blow is the unlikely story of George Jung’s roller-coaster ride from middle-class high school football hero to the heart of Pablo Escobar’s Medellín cartel—the largest importer of the United States cocaine supply in the 1980s. Jung’s early business of flying marijuana into the United States from the mountains of Mexico took a dramatic turn when he met Carlos Lehder, a young Colombian car thief with connections to the then newly born cocaine operation in his native land. Together they created a new model for selling cocaine, turning a drug used primarily by the entertainment elite into a massive and unimaginably lucrative enterprise—one whose earnings, if legal, would have ranked the cocaine business as the sixth largest private enterprise in the Fortune 500.

The ride came to a screeching halt when DEA agents and Florida police busted Jung with three hundred kilos of coke, effectively unraveling his fortune. But George wasn’t about to go down alone. He planned to bring down with him one of the biggest cartel figures ever caught.

With a riveting insider account of the lurid world of international drug smuggling and a supercharged drama of one man’s meteoric rise and desperate fall, Bruce Porter chronicles Jung’s life using unprecedented eyewitness sources in this critically acclaimed true crime classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Extraordinarily interesting…Mr. Porter has done an excellent job telling the tale of a very unusual entrepreneur.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The story belongs to anyone who has ever savored a well-told tale of adventure, greed, deceit, and revenge. Best of all, it’s true.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “With drama and detail…Porter reconstructs the fast, amoral life of George Jung…whose adventures with stacks of cash, kinky sex, and dangerous deals hold voyeuristic fascination.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A sleigh-ride-to-hell story of how ‘60s hippie innocence turned into ‘80s megadepravity…finely researched, told with pizzazz.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 2/9/2019

    " The narrators voice was very pleasing and easy to understand Amazing the things people will do for money! The movie does not even touch on the full story of George. It’s a great read if you are in to Crime books. If You like or want to know how' the real drug trade works it going to tell you in great detail about the drug trade ...... definitely a good read !!! "

About the Author

Bruce Porter is a former writer for Newsweek and a professor at the Columbia Journalism School. He has written for the Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, Playboy, and Rolling Stone, as well as dozens of other magazines and newspapers. Porter’s first book, Blow, was a bestselling New York Times Notable Book and was made into a major motion picture. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Stephen Bowlby has worked as a professional voice actor for more than forty years. His experience spans animation, character work, commercials, and narration. He has read numerous audiobooks throughout his career, including titles by Harold Robbins, Stuart M. Kaminsky, John Sculley, William P. McGivern, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.