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Last King of the Cross

Narrated by: Alan King
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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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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Okay for a token

The book started strong but failed to land punches towards the latter end of the book, dragged and repeated itself.

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  • JBO
  • 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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Great Story !

I loved this story ... and the excellent narration! A very easy and interesting listen.

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Excellent book, well-written and highly engaging

A fantastic insight into Sydney's underbelly in the 1990s and early 2000s. Also a fascinating look at John's journey from an immigrant kid in Western Sydney to financial independence and mixing with Sydney's and international A-listers. Highly engaging A+.

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Extremely self centred

This guy cannot see the hurt that he has caused to so many people. Keep pretending you are a great member of society.

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really enjoy this! what a life, what a story!

loves this story,this guy has lived a life, nothing but respect I'm not even from Australia but I enjoyed the story as I've heard the stories of the cross from abroad

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well written

well written, well read. very interesting story about the streets of Sydney and the perils of drugs and crime

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Cross Niteclubs and brotherhood dynamics.

Enjoyable look into the workings of Ibrahim's Kings Cross and other Niteclubs in the 80's, 90's and 00's. Brought back memories of my clubbing days. Interesting look at into his sibling and business relationships.

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Addictive Listening

The saddest part of this book was that it ended! Such a great success story from a man with an exceptional mind and street smarts. His understanding that 'perception is not reality' and basic instinct has stood him in good stead, ahead of the game. What a life! What a legend! What a book!

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Fantastic Audio Book

I couldnt stop listening to this book. Very entertaining and well read. I highly recommend it.

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  • David
  • 09-10-2020

Great story with awesome naration.

Being an expat and ex-Sydneyite who was an occasional visitor to the Cross back in the day, this book made me homesick at times and eventually sad for what the powers that be have done to this famous nightlife hub of Sydney. Having been away from Sydney for most of the period the book covers I know from the news stories I have seen that John has been defined not by his character but by association to either places or people. He had a dream and went for it. More power to him and what he achieved. I loved the book and finished it in record time. I had to check at one stage to see if he was narrating it himself. That's how good a job Alan King does narrating one of my new favorite audio books of all time.

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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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  • rikki
  • 17-08-2020

A real gem, Great story difficult to put down.

A really gem of a find, i just wanting to keep finishing the next chapter. Not like some of the usual stupid gangster books he came over as a genuinely smart business man, ok you don't want to upset him but it was a business it to him. there was the usual funny stuff of normal life and the tragic deaths as well. it exceeded my expectations.

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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.