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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (301 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jimmy Breslin Narrator: Richard M. Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jimmy Breslin can sniff out a story like he can sniff out a rat. Here, he tells a lifetime of anecdotes in his inimitable New York voice, giving us a view through the keyhole of the people and places that define the Mafia—characters like Sammy the Bull, the original snitch, and Gaspipe Casso, named for his weapon of choice; and hangouts like Pep McGuire’s, the legendary watering hole where reporters and gangsters (all hailing from the same working class neighborhoods) rubbed elbows and traded stories. But best of all, Breslin captures the moments in which the Mafia was made and broken—Breslin was there the night John Gotti celebrated his acquittal, having bribed his way to innocence. In The Good Rat, Breslin brings together the most recent, most memorable, and the long forgotten stories to create a sharp-eyed portrait of the mob as it lived and breathed; as it sounded and survived.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bad cops, good crook, great story.”

    USA Today

  • “Breslin chronicles the cops’ sordid tales with a mixture of awe, repugnance, and perfect diabolical detail. He remains a master of transforming crookery into opera.”

    New York Times

  • “A great look at the ugly and anything-but-glamorous truth of organized crime. This is Breslin at his Runyonesque best.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Each character is so well developed and believable that listeners will suspect they’re listening to actual recordings rather than outstanding performances.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Richard Davidson has just the gravelly tough-guy voice to bring Breslin’s Mafia story to life…Flamboyant language and colorful characters.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Juan | 2/20/2014

    " Its about mobsters, need i say more...Jimmy Breslin knows how to tell a story or maybe its his new york style of telling a story that i enjoyed so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy | 1/30/2014

    " Listened to this one and boy was it good! If you like Mob stories this one has it all! It would make a fantastic movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Katie | 1/28/2014

    " Somewhat disjointed with a few interesting nuggets disbursed among the self-aggrandizement. I don't think Jimmy Breslin met a compliment that he didn't apply to himself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Maya | 1/26/2014

    " To be fair, I didn't finish it, but that was because the writing style just didn't work for me. I kept getting confused and irritated. "

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