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Last King of the Cross

Narrated by: Alan King
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
5 out of 5 stars (217 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Danger Prize 2018

John Ibrahim's incredible life story told in his own words.

Last King of the Cross lays bare Australia's most notorious underworld figure.

In the mongrel tongue of the streets, John writes of fleeing war-torn Tripoli with his family and growing up in Sydney's rough and tumble west - before establishing himself as a tough guy and teen delinquent, then a bouncer, enforcer and nightclub king on the Golden Mile. 

Bullets fly, blades flash and bodies fall. In a city of shadows, John builds his army and empire - partying like a playboy prince of darkness while staying one step ahead of the cops, the outlaw gangs and hungry triggermen plotting to take him and his family down. 

Crazier than Goodfellas, more compelling than The Godfather, Last King of the Cross is a colourful crime saga like no other and powerful proof that truth is always stranger than fiction.

©2017 John Ibrahim (P)2018 Pan Macmillan AU

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  • JBO
  • Sydney
  • 09-08-2018

Enjoyed it a lot.

I spent every Saturday night of my youth in the Cross frequenting joints like The Cauldron, Jet Black, Sugar Reef and Mansions. All the time aware of the underbelly but never really paying attention.
This book bought back incredible memories and it was great to experience it all again with a different lense.
I thought the narrator was excellent and the voice was well suited.
Well done.

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A very interesting, funny and educational read!

This is a great read and I highly recommend it. I'm sure a few cages were rattled by writing this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a great window into how things were during those years in the cross. Huge respect to JI for being so passionate about his patrons all those years. Also the reader is perfect. RIP The X and all the best to JI.

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Great read! disappointed it finished

Always intrigued by this man, got a better insight from his book. I enjoyed it thoroughly! sad when it finished.

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  • Mac
  • 05-06-2019

Awesome

Funny. Insightful
Crim I mean grim look at Sydney's strip in its hay day.. Loved it

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AN ENTERTAINING READ FOR ANY GANGSTER OR WANNA BE

A true inspiration, how even the tough guy can do the job well, talentedly charming with his aggressive approach to doing things the right way, at least with the way he portrays himself and his businesses, which John Ibrahim does superbly well, and by listening to Last King of the Cross, you get a real identity check to the business man and entrepreneur that John Ibrahim proficiently sketches with each sentence, and chapter to this entertaining book, which has a lot of gangster to it, in a positive way, not in a thuggish way, but in a hard persona that obviously is successful enough to of done it more than once, and at many times, all at the same times as running the complexity that Last King of the Cross portrays with each slice indulged, of the John Ibrahim delicacy served within this audio books pages, words, and paragraphs.

I really look forward to throwing this on when I can and it lasts 10 hours, so you get your moneys worth, and it is always a relaxing time to hear some smart talk, which makes proper and perfect business sense, and common sense. I find it real cool, how John Ibrahim keeps his 'hardened' personality alive, with his obviously charming ways he handles himself, his staff, his venues, and all things John Ibrahim.

Thanks for being so honest about your past troubles in running most of the cross, and hell, pretty much the entire night life in Sydney, and thanks for being a god that can talk the talk still as much as you have already walked the walked, but I am sure can do much more walking and talking as he becomes ever more successful with this release, and any other items relating to this purchase. Last King of the Cross shirts would be a treat :P LONG LIVE DCM's

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Love this

Lovely book,
would love to met this guy one day.
Family values
Street wise
Business ethic is epic smart watching
The front and back doormat of your business

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F@%king Epic

Wow fucking wow!!! This is my favourite Audible book of all time. Such an engaging story, really makes you feel like you're getting a 'fly on the wall' account of what went down.
Thanks for sharing your story John.

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Fantastic

Loved it, couldnt stop, great story, good narating aa dd hh. cc. nn. mm can yez beaut

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Amazing book!

I’ve read hundreds of book over the past few years and this is the only one that I couldn’t put down. So interesting and captivating... wish it had a second part!

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  • jez
  • 17-04-2019

Very repetitive

This book could do with about 30 less chapters! I found 1 in 5 chapters actually had any information or wasn't repeating things already mentioned in the book 100 times before. Timeline is all over the place and broken up with lots of little chapters (about 50 in total). Makes for a disjointed, repetitive book that is hard to get in the flow of.

Story feels like its John's last chance to get his opinion of the underworld, police, politics and his family out in the public. Of course he reputes that he was ever an "underworld" figure just had ties to them because of course he is a reputable business man, then the dodgy things he touches on that he may have done is in very non descript fashion.

There were some enjoyable parts but you do have to endure allot to find the nuggets!

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  • Tom
  • 07-05-2019

Great book! Definitely worth the monthly credit.

Thank you for taking the time to share your story. There's a lot of good messages in here that I wasn't expecting.

Keep safe John.

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  • Pak Warrior
  • 15-09-2018

Best book ive listened to in a long time.

Candid, Sometimes to candid John Ibrahim like him or loathe him was the undisputed King of Sydneys night time industry. The book reveals the behind the scenes people,personalities and events that shaped that very industry and at the thick of it all was John Ibrahim if you want to know or gain a gliplise of those what was behind those neon lights and glitz and the glam this book is a must read. John Ibrahim Thank you for giving the public an insight into that world.

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  • ADRIAN LEE
  • 16-06-2019

The Real Underbelly........

A great book told well. Very funny at points and being a club manager myself I can appreciate a lot of John’s views and sentiments. For real crime and what really goes on in clubland spot on.