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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: September 1990 ISBN: 9781442345430
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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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Quotes & Awards

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

    Cosmopolitan

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

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

    " Mafia books aren't really my cup of tea, but after hearing about the passing of America's most notorious wise guy, and seeing it on my boyfriends book shelf, I decided to give it a try. I watched Goodfellas for the first time a few months back and I'm thinking if I hadn't seen it prior to reading this book it would have been more difficult to read. Nonetheless, I liked it and it's a fascinating glimpse into American history.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 1/13/2014

    " This is the book "Good fellas" was based on. I went through a mobster phase. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Jourdan | 1/5/2014

    " If you liked Goodfellas, read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Mckay | 12/13/2013

    " Wise guys never seem to wise up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beamdoggie | 12/11/2013

    " Good Fellas is one of my favoirte movies and it was from this book it was adapted. A true crime story at its best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake Berlin | 12/7/2013

    " if you liked "goodfellas," this is almost word-for-word the same. a very fun book, and a very insider look into a strange, strange world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darran Mclaughlin | 11/10/2013

    " Fascinating. If you like the film you should like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Puig | 10/18/2013

    " A classic book. A must read after seeing the movie ''Good Fellas''. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earl | 10/16/2013

    " Even if you've already seen Goodfellas (the movie based on this book) definitely worth a read. The details of their live both inside and outside of prison are fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Hudson | 9/5/2013

    " Fantastic. Soooo much better than the film and that says something as it is an amazing film with a brilliant cast "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Opskar01 | 3/27/2013

    " yes I read it, and I think this is what became the movie 'Goodfellas" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/20/2013

    " Great book about east coast scumbag Henry Hill. They made a great movie out of this book "Goodfellas". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 10/17/2012

    " This is the movie that Goodfellas is based on. I read this just after the movie was released and enjoyed it a lot. I didn't realize Henry Hill was an actual living person till I read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 da-wildchildz | 10/1/2012

    " Just as smooth as the film. Just as cool too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 8/6/2012

    " I read this when I lived in Brooklyn and I couldn't believe this took place in East New York and Brownsville. Those neighborhoods have changed a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlos | 7/19/2012

    " One of the greatest looks inside the world of the Mafia and crime life of NYC. It reads just like the movie, but the book did a wonderful job of conveying the actual feel and emotions of Henry Hill throughout his life of crime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 5/2/2012

    " The readers voice was annoying "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Lawrence | 3/1/2012

    " "The book is always better than the movie". I thought this would be tested since GoodFellas is a movie that I love. I didn't realize that for large portions of it, Ray Liottta is reading Wiseguy. It's like a book on movie. Enjoyed the book as much as I do the movie and that's saying a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luci | 2/2/2012

    " If you liked the movie, you will be happy to know that the script is almost word for word this book. If you watched the movie, the book will yield very little new information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/2/2012

    " Always wanted to read this book ever since I was in middle school and saw Goodfellas. Pretty entertaining and the movie holds pretty true to the book. What an amazing, terrifying life Henry Hill led (leads). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 9/29/2011

    " Great read, its even more messed up than the film "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 8/18/2011

    " Fantastic insight into a life in the mafia, a classic true story the became the movie goodfellas. It's one of my favourite movies, and it is true to the book. A great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 7/31/2011

    " It is a good story about the rise and fall of Henry Hill, who becomes a gangster.
    The story concists of violence, robbery, drugs and being an informer for the police. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlos | 7/29/2011

    " One of the greatest looks inside the world of the Mafia and crime life of NYC. It reads just like the movie, but the book did a wonderful job of conveying the actual feel and emotions of Henry Hill throughout his life of crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 da-wildchildz | 7/23/2011

    " Just as smooth as the film. Just as cool too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/1/2011

    " The basis for the best Mafia movie of all time (Goodfellas) this is almost the script for the film, which tells you all you need to know "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 aldozirsov | 6/16/2011

    " buku perihal kehidupan mafia, yang kemudian difilmkan dengan judul "Goodfellas", dibintangi Robert de Niro, Ray Liota dan Joe Pesci dengan Sutradara Martin Scorsese. "

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

    " A classic book. A must read after seeing the movie ''Good Fellas''. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alter3vil | 4/14/2011

    " Aspiring for "the life", struggling for survival. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 simar | 3/11/2007

    " the book on which Goodfellas is based, and if i remember correctly, i'd say it's better than the movie. that's saying a lot. "

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About the Author
Author Nicholas Pileggi

Nicholas Pileggi is an American author and screenwriter, whose true-crime book, Casino, became the basis for Martin Scorseses film of the same name.