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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (774 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Pileggi Narrator: Ron Leibman, Fred Neumann, Ken Weitzman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1995 ISBN: 9780743542517
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CASINO

From Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy—the #1 bestseller that became Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award–winning film GoodFellas—comes the brilliantly told true story of love, marriage, adultery, murder, and revenge, Mafia-style … the shattering inside account of how the mob finally lost its stranglehold over the neon money-making machine it created: the multibillion-dollar casino gambling industry of Las Vegas.

CASINO

No one knew more about casinos than Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, the gambling mastermind who, along with his best friend and partner, Anthony Spilotro, virtually ran Las Vegas for the mob. For years, it was the perfect arrangement—Lefty provided the smarts, while Tony kept the bosses happy with their weekly suitcases filled with millions in skimmed cash. It should have lasted forever, but Lefty’s obsession with running the town—and Tony’s obsession with Lefty’s beautiful showgirl wife, Geri—eventually led to the betrayals and investigations that exploded into one of the greatest debacles in mob history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “ The author of Wiseguy… serves up another colorful tale of Mafia misdeeds.

    Library Journal

  • “ [A] true and brilliantly-told story of love, marriage, adultery, murder, revenge, and how it led to the Mafia's finally losing its stranglehold on the Las Vegas casinos. ”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “ With nonfiction page-turners like the kind Pileggi writes, who needs crime fiction? ”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iridius | 2/18/2014

    " Good from a historical perspective. I knew nothing about Las Vegas history and mob influence before, but more like information from an encyclopedia than an enthralling story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pardis Parto | 2/7/2014

    " In Vegas, everybody's gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I'm watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Hardy | 1/24/2014

    " Interesting account of mobsters that made it big in Vegas, their upbringing and influences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 1/14/2014

    " Not bad.....many non-fiction novels can be quite boring....this one kept the tempo and did not fail to deliver the goods....in contrast to the slots in Vegas......hahahah "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 1/10/2014

    " Great book, but surprisingly entirely lacking the style and atmosphere of the movie. The action could have taken place nearly anywhere - the focus is entirely on the events and people, with very little detail about the settings, appearances, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Shannon | 12/31/2013

    " A semi oral history of Las Vegas of the '60s and '70s. Great if you love true-crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Mellor | 12/28/2013

    " You can't beat Pileggi for making true crime read like a novel. The best book about Tony "The Ant" Spilotro I've been able to find so far, and a great story about how men who have what it takes to bring the world to its knees are too intrinsically flawed to keep it there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 12/26/2013

    " Way better than the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 12/22/2013

    " Casino is one of those movies that I always get sucked into. So, I had to read the book and get the back story. The book is a great quick read and goes more into 'Lefty' (Robert DeNiro) than the movie suggests. And, surviving that car bomb at the end...it really happened! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 12/9/2013

    " The movie is a classic Scorsese and one of my top tens. If you want the real names, events and actual Vegas casino where it all really happened, read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 12/5/2013

    " i loved this book. though a little different i loved the movie too. lots of facts about mafia and vegas casinos when they first opened. a very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walt | 11/6/2013

    " One of the best books about the mob in Las Vegas. It so happens that the complex web surrounding Frank Rosenthal in Las Vegas was one of the most difficult organized crime-related operations in Vegas. Pileggi clearly describes the power struggles between the various players in great detail. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 9/21/2013

    " I give up, I can't finish this no matter how much I want to like it. I gave it a fair shake but I definitely won't be attempting to read it in the future nor will I be recommending it to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrell Curtis | 2/22/2013

    " author of 'Wiseguy', Pileggi tells a compellingly tragic tale that takes place in the desert of Nevada, in a place called Las Vegas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kandice | 10/15/2012

    " Since I first read Puzo, I have been fascinated with the mafia. Pileggi makes it seem so real. Almost as if your neighbors could be connected. What's the big deal, right? Lefty was the best character. He was so neccesary, but so low key. Loved it!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela Rowe | 6/25/2012

    " Could not even make myself finish reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/12/2012

    " The true story behind the Scorsese film, which was a relatively faithful adaptation. Just as with "Wiseguy" Pileggi often turns over the narrative to his subjects, who tell much of their story in their own words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 3/27/2012

    " So the movie left out a whole bunch of Lefty's unfavorable traits, like the wife beating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Vachss | 12/11/2011

    " Nobody knows more (or writes better) about organized crime in America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 10/20/2011

    " A better book than Wiseguy because it reads more like a novel rather than the journalistic style of Wiseguy. Still, though, does not compare to the film that was made from it. Love me some Scorsese. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jwm | 8/16/2011

    " Couldn't put it down. Got three hours of sleep a night until I finished it. Fascinating, gripping, brilliant. Unfairly overlooked because of Wise Guy/Goodfellas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 4/20/2011

    " The true story behind the Scorsese film, which was a relatively faithful adaptation. Just as with "Wiseguy" Pileggi often turns over the narrative to his subjects, who tell much of their story in their own words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iridius | 12/10/2010

    " Good from a historical perspective. I knew nothing about Las Vegas history and mob influence before, but more like information from an encyclopedia than an enthralling story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete | 11/30/2010

    " How the hell did Pileggi get all those interiews? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 8/29/2010

    " Not bad.....many non-fiction novels can be quite boring....this one kept the tempo and did not fail to deliver the goods....in contrast to the slots in Vegas......hahahah "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 8/11/2010

    " Great book, but surprisingly entirely lacking the style and atmosphere of the movie. The action could have taken place nearly anywhere - the focus is entirely on the events and people, with very little detail about the settings, appearances, etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J.C. | 5/5/2010

    " An easy read but not to coherent when it comes to chronology. If you saw the movie you don't need to read this book. It was sitting on my shelves for a few years and I figured it was now or never, kinda wish it was never. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walt | 1/13/2010

    " One of the best books about the mob in Las Vegas. It so happens that the complex web surrounding Frank Rosenthal in Las Vegas was one of the most difficult organized crime-related operations in Vegas. Pileggi clearly describes the power struggles between the various players in great detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 11/15/2009

    " Nobody knows more (or writes better) about organized crime in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 5/10/2009

    " Casino is one of those movies that I always get sucked into. So, I had to read the book and get the back story. The book is a great quick read and goes more into 'Lefty' (Robert DeNiro) than the movie suggests. And, surviving that car bomb at the end...it really happened! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 4/24/2009

    " I loved the movie so much I had to read the book. The fact that it is based on truth made it more personal. "

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