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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (723 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howie Carr Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9781400171880
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This fresh account of Massachusetts's infamous Bulger brothers unveils a stunning criminal alliance, and with its dual biography format, goes deeper than the New York Times bestselling Black Mass. For the first time, journalist Howie Carr reveals the real story behind the infamous Bulgers-two brothers from South Boston who grew up to control a state. With political corruption on one side and deadly force on the other, the Bulgers shared a diabolic and destructive alliance for decades. James "Whitey" Bulger, the "bad" son, blazed a murderous trail to become Boston's most feared mobster and remains one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. William "Billy" Bulger, the "good" son, wielded the gavel as president of the Massachusetts State Senate and the University of Massachusetts, but was eventually forced from both positions. The parallel stories of these two brothers, rich in anecdote and shocking in their revelations, read like an unholy hybrid of All the King's Men and The Godfather. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Listeners might imagine the late Edward R. Murrow telling this fantastic story…Anyone who doesn’t know the details of the Bulgers’ amazing dual saga will find them all spelled out in Michael Prichard’s clean, understated delivery, which makes the whole thing even more incredible.”

    Publishers Weekly Audio Review

  • Listeners might imagine the late Edward R, Murrow telling this fantastic story . . . Anyone who doesn't know the details of the Bulgers' amazing dual saga will find them all spelled out in Michael Prichard's clean, understated delivery, which makes the whole thing even more incredible. Publishers Weekly Audio Review

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erica | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting subject matter. The infamous Whitey Bulger intruges me. This book was okay, my one complaint was the shifting back and forth through each member of his clan- too many names, etc which made things confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianna | 2/14/2014

    " I was SO naive as to just how freaking corrupt Boston politics were (or are?). This was especially interesting that my university president is mentioned, although not directly involved, with the bad guys. The only drawback is there are simply too many people associated with this decade of mess that there was no way I could keep it straight. After a while, it was just one felon or after another, after another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/12/2014

    " Another Book Club selection! Really interesting - didn't know a lot about the Bulgers before - but there were so many names that it was a little hard to follow. Would love to see a follow-up now that Whitey's been found! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristie | 1/25/2014

    " The departed is loosely based on Whitey Bulger. Really interesting history of this gangster and his politician brother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 1/18/2014

    " Gripping at times, yet also confusing at times due to the multitude of characters; Carr's depth/breadth of research was impressive, but sometimes I wished he would've been more linear in his storytelling "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Violet | 1/11/2014

    " Brothers! Blood! Boston! This heart-warming tale of two brothers, one "bad," one "good," traces the history of organized crime in Boston and exposes the startling corruption that exists within the political system and the FBI when it comes to taking down notorious murderer Whitey Bulger. I can't believe no one has offed Howie Carr, although I hope no one ever does. A very entertaining book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete Vigue | 1/3/2014

    " I loved this book. A true account of the Irish Mafia in South Boston 50's -'90's, and how Whitey Bulger (S. Boston Kingpin) and brother Billy Bulger (State Senate Majority Leader) controlled the streets and politics of Boston and Massachusetts. Bulger is the #2 Most Wanted Person on the FBI's most wanted list, right behind Bin Laden. He's successfully been on the lam since '95. His brothers reputation was ruined when Billy Bulger was run out of Massachusetts politics in the 90's after a scandal invovling the planting of a local gangster on the FBI payroll and Massachusetts State Police. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/1/2014

    " A lot of facts in this book. I initially listen on CD, but am going to read as a book to catch what I have missed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jimmy D | 11/6/2013

    " Other than the fact that I don't care for him, I don't believe much that comes from the mind of Howie. The book was informative but pretty dry; its not complete bullshit.. just somewhat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 10/18/2013

    " This book has mixed reviews, people loved it or hated it. Guess I will have to read it and let you know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirstin | 9/16/2013

    " Interesting story and a very timely book to discover on my shelves. The writing style was not my favorite and I;m not convinced that it was organized in the best way possible, but definitely worth a read if you're interested in the news stories and want some background. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maribeth | 4/25/2013

    " I love the true crime genre and this one has the local flair. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph Boyle | 1/17/2013

    " Howie Carr made a lot of statements that were very interesting but it seemed that it was mainly speculation. Which is understandable seeing as both brothers were crafty and seeing as one was working with the FBI. Interesting read overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce Dunklee | 12/1/2012

    " I think I am fascinated by this because it was and is all around me and I never even knew it! Makes you wonder what else is going on that you don't see? Another one to read multiple times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 9/26/2012

    " If you live in MA you know all about the brothers, if you don't you should "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 5/9/2012

    " An interesting tale which reads like fiction about how the Bulger brothers dominated Boston politics and crime. The book is a victim of it's own detail because the cast of characters it builds is very confusing. I would recommend for true crime buffs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jai-shen Reader | 5/5/2012

    " Incredible tale, especially if you grew up in MA "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryJo | 4/19/2012

    " interesting, informative, but not necessarily a "can't put down" book... after reading "All Souls" I wanted to fill in more of the blanks... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Briscoe | 4/14/2012

    " Unbelievable detail on an unbelievable saga. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 1/12/2012

    " The details and facts are what make this book interesting, more than the style of writing. If you're from the Boston area, it's fascinating to learn how the city and beyond, were so horribly affected by these two men. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 5/14/2011

    " Just making sure that if they call me for Jury Duty on this case, I can claim a "Howie Carr" bias right out the gate. Excellent book. Shocking amount of corruption went on in the early 70's in Boston. Eye opening to say the very least. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlene | 4/11/2011

    " I learned how corrupt Boston politics really are. The Bulgers are out and still nothing has changed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 3/3/2011

    " What is an amazing story, almost fiction, is destroyed by Carr's historical account. Too many names to follow the story and not enough delving into the corrupt FBI agents "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 2/20/2011

    " The Italians have nothing on the Bulger's. Instructive as to why MA politics are what they are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tisa | 1/14/2011

    " Unbelievable. One a politician, and the other a gangster, BOTH CROOKS!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 9/19/2010

    " Interesting story to tell, unfortunately the author didn't do the story justice, and seemed like an outsider really looking in. Really lacked the insider prospective, the journalistic ability to tie all the knots together (God knows they exist). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kwoomac | 8/25/2010

    " Not a fan of Howie Carr and only bought the book because it was in the clearance bin for five bucks. I was going through a Whitey phase. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boris | 1/23/2010

    " I got this book from my brother in law, Brian Hanney.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 12/12/2009

    " I love anything that has to do with Boston, even if it is about the corruption. Go Sox!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryJo | 9/30/2009

    " interesting, informative, but not necessarily a "can't put down" book... after reading "All Souls" I wanted to fill in more of the blanks... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 7/15/2009

    " Entertaining. I would have given it 3.5 stars since I have lived in Boston, but it is still an interesting read. It does try to show that Whitey and Billy were equally corrupt even though one was in politics and the other was in gangs. Neat story overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maribeth | 5/19/2009

    " I love the true crime genre and this one has the local flair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/15/2009

    " Gripping at times, yet also confusing at times due to the multitude of characters; Carr's depth/breadth of research was impressive, but sometimes I wished he would've been more linear in his storytelling "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 4/18/2009

    " This book is a good, quick read. In 30 or 40 years this is destined to be the definitive history of crime in the Boston Area for 3 decades. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 4/14/2009

    " An interesting tale which reads like fiction about how the Bulger brothers dominated Boston politics and crime. The book is a victim of it's own detail because the cast of characters it builds is very confusing. I would recommend for true crime buffs. "

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About the Author

Howie Carr is an award-winning front-page columnist for the Boston Herald and the host of The Howie Carr Show, a popular New England drive-time talk radio program. Known for his scathing exposés of local politicians, he is regularly featured on NBC’s Today, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and CNN. In 1985 he won a National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize. He has been nominated for an Emmy. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.