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American Desperado Audiobook

American Desperado: My Life as a Cocaine Cowboy

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Publisher's Summary

American Desperado is possibly the most jaw-dropping, event-filled, adrenaline-soaked criminal autobiography ever written. Like a real-life Scarface Jon was born into the upper levels of the Gambino crime family and witnessed his first murder at age seven. He became a one-man juvenile crime wave before joining an assassination squad in Vietnam. He returned to New York at age 20 to become one of the city's top nightclub promoters, then journeyed to Miami where he became the de facto transportation chief of the Medellin Cartel, and along with a tech-wizard partner, created some of the most sophisticated smuggling technologies ever. With a hulking 6'6" bodyguard always at his side, and a rural fortress protected by mortars, tear-gas cannons, and a gold-fanged attack dog, Roberts was brutally effective at what he did. To law enforcement, he was known as the "Bearded Gringo," a spectre they could never touch. To United States senators and CIA officials, he was "the guy who can get things done". He eventually formed a clandestine alliance with the US government and in the end found personal late-life redemption.

©2011 Jon Roberts and Evan Wright (P)2011 Random House AudioGo LTD

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    Matthew Worrall 11/10/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "really good book but a little gruesome in parts"

    Really interesting book to listen to. It moves effortlessly through the very different stages of his life, with just the right level of detail to keep you coming back to hear what's next. Strangely likeable character due to his frankness, almost remorse and occasional humorous comment.Yet equally easy to dislike due to his extremely violent, inhumane approach to managing any given problem. I definitely recommend listening to this book but note it's probably not for the squeamish or faint of heart... This book would make a great movie!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 07/04/2016
    Joshua 07/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A MUST READ"

    hands down the best audio book ive listened to, un-believable story! narrators do a fantastic job. a must read!

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    Nick 14/12/2015
    Nick 14/12/2015
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    "Very engaging and interesting"

    A fantastic book which kept me coming back from start to finish. Tracking the numerous and varied periods in his life from Mafia to Cocaine Cowboy and the amazing people he met along the way. The different readers also help to keep things exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie 09/06/2015
    Natalie 09/06/2015
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    "epic"

    Epic, honest and such an adventure. well narrated and researched i thoroughly enjoyed this. was sad it ended

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    jonathon 25/12/2014
    jonathon 25/12/2014
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    "Fantastic!"

    Very entertaining right throughout, could not put the earphones out. finished this one much quicker than I usually do!

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    Andrew 13/03/2014
    Andrew 13/03/2014
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    "Excellent story and well read!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Desperado to be better than the print version?

    Excellent story and well read!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Excellent story and well read!!


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Excellent story and well read!!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Excellent story and well read!!


    Any additional comments?

    ummm, how about Excellent story and well read!!

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  • James Prendergast
    3/11/16
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    "gripping and gritty real-life crime"

    Very well presented, with multiple actors voicing the protagonist and other supporting players. The format is mostly in the first person as a memoir, with the occasional authors note and press 'clippings' interspersed.

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  • peter
    sunshine coast, Australia
    4/10/13
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    "Top Notch"
    Where does American Desperado rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    good


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    I was just in amazement at how it all worked


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    Incredible story, Incredible life. really good listen, I loved it. this story is no holds bar account of a serious bad boy!!

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    Kildonan
    23/12/12
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    "Bragging from soulless man."

    The reader is great but the content is less than satisfying.

    Some of the escapades are entertaining, but something is missing

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rhys
    13/04/15
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    "Great listen"

    Was a great story which I thoroughly enjoyed listening to.

    Was broadly three parts, growing up the son of someone high up in the Mafia, being a soldier in Vietnam and finally his life as a smuggler.

    All were told from a different angle which made the story more interesting, for example the war veteran was not from the "look at me I'm such a macho hero", but actually told of how the U.S. Government depended on people like him who would do "dark" things to the enemy, even though as he puts it they went too far on a number of occasions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michal
    1/12/16
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    "TOP READ"

    This is a great book, can't recommend it highly enough, at 16 hours and 40 minutes it wasn't long enough for me and I was gutted it finished. I have watched the documentary "cocaine cowboys" that features this books main subject Jon Roberts as well as others mentioned in the book, so I knew a little of the story but this just showed me what an amazing life this guy led. Dark and violent in parts it also has a large amount of dark humour which made me laugh out loud, A number of narrators are used to read the book all of which were easy to listen to and brought the different characters to life especially the main narrator who as Jon Roberts was excellent.This is by far one of the best books in its genre that audible stock. Haven't really got a bad word to say about this title. Give it a try you won't be disappointed.

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  • Jack Northall
    29/09/16
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    "It actually happened!"

    Excellent production with multiple voices and a story you won't believe is actually real life.

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  • gambling_man
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    1/09/16
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    "Don't miss this!"

    Superb, gritty, seedy, absolutely great. well worth a listen absolutely gripping storyline. loved the book

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  • M. C. Elson
    20/08/16
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    "The real deal, terrifyingly matter of fact."

    Sometimes truth is more interesting than fiction, like a car crash, compelling fascinating, sometimes terrifying. Told in a an undramatic way, it smacks of truth, he's not trying to impress you, he probably doesn't care what you think of him. He doesn't pretend to be a nice guy, he led an incredible life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rob Whittall
    19/05/16
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    "Very interesting from start to finish."

    Yeah very much enjoyed this book. the details of the author were splendid and I felt like I was there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/04/16
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    "Absolutely fantastic grotesque but brilliant!"

    So graphic and violent at times it had me retching, but absolutely fascinating, I couldn't stop listening. By far the best performances I have ever heard for an audiobook. Dark, brutal, fascinating, astounding and some times even heartbreaking. Couldn't recommend if more!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    13/09/15
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    "Fascinating all the way through"

    Great story, great narration. Massively enjoyed all of it. Comic, tragic, horrific, informative. Am now listening to more in the same sort of genre - high octane autobiographies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    30/08/15
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    "Outstanding"

    Was pleasantly surprised with this book.
    Had not heard of it before and took a chance buying it but couldn't put it down. Highly recommend!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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