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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,950 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Pileggi Narrator: Nicholas Pileggi Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nicholas Pileggi’s vivid, unvarnished, journalistic chronicle of the life of Henry Hill—the working-class Brooklyn kid who knew from age twelve that “to be a wiseguy was to own the world,” who grew up to live the highs and lows of the gangster’s life—has been hailed as “the best book ever written on organized crime” (Cosmopolitan).

This is the true-crime bestseller that was the basis for Martin Scorsese’s film masterpiece GoodFellas, which brought to life the violence, the excess, the families, the wives and girlfriends, the drugs, the payoffs, the paybacks, the jail time, and the Feds . . . with Henry Hill’s crackling narration drawn straight out of Wiseguy and overseeing all the unforgettable action.

Read it and experience the secret life inside the mob—from one who’s lived it.

Now with an introduction by Martin Scorcese.

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  • “The best book ever written on organized crime.”


  • Wiseguy goes nonstop...absolutely engrossing.”

    New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Georgian Lussier | 2/13/2014

    " I usually favor women stories, but this inside look at the mob is worth a semester of Psychology 101. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dj | 2/11/2014

    " This is the book that goodfellas is based on-true crime is fascinating to read, mobster life in particular. If you like both, you will love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian | 1/25/2014

    " Henry Hill's life of crime as a peripheral member of the Mafia is documented in this fascinating and morbidly entertaining memoir. The film adaptation, Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas", is widely considered the definitive movie on the subject of organized crime, heralded for its authenticity. Hill's memory for details about specific incidents gives the reader a brutal glimpse into what NYC Mafia life was like in the 60s and 70s. If you find the Mafia an interesting subject but haven't read this, make this your very next read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Damian | 1/18/2014

    " When I was in high school, I went through a phase where I was obsessed with organized crime. This biography on which the movie "Goodfellas" is based definitely fed that addiction. "

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