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Publisher's Summary

Blow is the unlikely story of George Jung's roller-coaster ride from middle-class high school football hero to the heart of Pablo Escobar's Medellín cartel - the largest importer of the United States cocaine supply in the 1980s.

Jung's early business of flying marijuana into the United States from the mountains of Mexico took a dramatic turn when he met Carlos Lehder, a young Colombian car thief with connections to the then newly-born cocaine operation in his native land. Together they created a new model for selling cocaine, turning a drug used primarily by the entertainment elite into a massive and unimaginably lucrative enterprise - one whose earnings, if legal, would have ranked the cocaine business as the sixth-largest private enterprise in the Fortune 500.

The ride came to a screeching halt when DEA agents and Florida police busted Jung with 300 kilos of coke, effectively unraveling his fortune. But George wasn't about to go down alone. He planned to bring down with him one of the biggest cartel figures ever caught.

With a riveting insider account of the lurid world of international drug smuggling and a supercharged drama of one man's meteoric rise and desperate fall, Bruce Porter chronicles Jung's life using unprecedented eyewitness sources in this critically-acclaimed true-crime classic.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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heralding story with fantastical events...

Amidst the curtain of the US drug war this tells a captivating tale of entrepreneurialship.

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What a ride

What a great read. Seen the movie 1st, but loved the book more.
Alot more indepth of course.
This narrator was really good as well with different voices of several characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-2018

Head shaking story!

Amazing the things people will do for money! The movie does not even touch on the full story of George. It’s a great read if you are in to Crime books.

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  • Elisha
  • 30-08-2018

Fantastic

Fantastic account of Boston George. A enthralling look at the life of one of the United States most notorious drug smugglers.

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  • ProfessorEric
  • 28-07-2019

great story

as per usual the book is far superior to the movie! story was highly detailed with the exploits of george jung! have recommended to many people and will continue to do so!

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  • Grove girl
  • 01-10-2020

Great book

I could barely stand listening to the reader not finishing his words although sometimes the lead characters name is George at other times it sounds like “Nore” The book is great though two thumbs up

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  • Robert Castellano
  • 05-07-2018

excellent read very In depth

very very good books I love how's it going to detail how the drug trade works definitely a good read

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  • DAMIAN
  • 15-06-2018

Scary Journey But Sad Ending

The narrators voice was very pleasing and easy to understand the most memorable part in the book was at the end when his dad played the cassette in his car over and over again telling him good bye for the last time from prison very good book very well layed out it becomes more adventurous towards the last 40% of the book.

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  • Evan kerr
  • 07-06-2021

Awesome story

One of the best drug true crime stories of all time. Far better then movie.

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  • LadyJac10
  • 24-05-2021

Fascinating!

Until hearing this story, I was completely ignorant of the drug cartel’s business practices. George Jung is a very lucky man to still be alive when so many times the odds were stacked against him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-05-2021

Excellent Book!

This book was amazing...what a crazy life George lived. I was sad when it was finished.

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  • Jason
  • 03-03-2021

Great story, narrator annoying.

I try and learn all I can about Pablo Escobar and the Non-Hollywood version of Blow.
This Narrator though, I’m sure he’s a well educated man, comes off as annoying. As if he is trying to sound intelligent.
The way he pronounces certain words, sounds like he is talking from his nose.
I thought I could get over it but I found myself mocking the narrator, especially when he pronounces “George”. Great story though.

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  • ross pygall
  • 18-07-2018

better than the movie

this was a very easy read. if you liked the movie you will love this.

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  • Robert I.
  • 21-11-2018

Great listen

Very good , alot more detail than the movie,excellent from start to finish. Five stars

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  • mart
  • 23-02-2021

what a great book

this is a very easy book to get enthralled in. I love this story much better than the movie , very emotional end. It put a tear in the eye of an emotionally constapated big bloke lol

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  • Reviewer
  • 05-11-2020

Excellent

Great book. Goes into lots of detail about George’s career and shows that the movie blow was quite different to reality. Probably one of the best books I’ve listened to on audible.

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  • cb ellon
  • 22-04-2020

interesting story.

suffers from " it all seemed ok but little did he know that six months later he would be....
so often we know xyz will be a near miss or a success so the actual tension is not there. but it is exciting and full of detail. worth a listen.

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