- The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to Their Knees
- Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
- Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 21-09-05
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperAudio
Las Vegas. Atlantic City. Aruba. Barcelona. London. And the jewel of the gambling crown, Monte Carlo.
Dukach and his fellow MIT students hit them all and made millions. They came in hard, with stacks of cash; big, seemingly insane bets; women hanging on their arms; and fake identities. Although they were taking classes and studying for exams during the week, over the weekends they stormed the blackjack tables only to be harassed, banned from casinos, threatened at gunpoint, and beaten in Vegas' notorious back rooms.
The stakes were high, the dangers very real, but the players were up to the challenges, consequences be damned. There was Semyon Dukach himself, bored with school and broke; Victor Cassius, the slick, brilliant MIT grad student who galvanized the team; Owen Keller, with stunning ability but a dark past that would catch up to him; and Allie Simpson, bright, clever, and a feast for the eyes.
In the classroom, they were geeks. On the casino floor, they were unstoppable.
Busting Vegas is Dukach's unbelievably true story, a riveting account of monumental greed, excess, hubris, sex, love, violence, fear, and statistics that is high-stakes entertainment at its best.
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By Colin on 14-06-08
Interesting story, well written and well read
The author writes fiction as well as non-fiction, and as he says himself in the interview which is included in the download, his non-fiction reads like fiction. This book reads like a well written novel, with a good balance between narrative and vivid description which makes the story more enjoyable. The story and the characters are interesting, the more so because it is a true story. It well deserves 4 stars.
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By Mr on 01-12-15
Great story shame about the narrator
Where does Busting Vegas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I would say this book is worth a listen for the story alone. It is a pity that the narrator's voice is extremely monotone and went through me a little by the end.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ben Mezrich?
Anyone with a little charisma to their voice as the intonation was pretty poor
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Don't let the narrator put you off you purchasing this book as the factually based story of this MIT group attempting to take the big casinos for all they're worth.
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By Jacob Saariaho on 17-10-05
A Flat Read
For a story about "busting" Vegas, these characters never really get their act together. It's more a story about how well the casinos are at spotting and dealing with potential trouble makers. What could have been an interesting magazine article is expanded with a tepid love story, and a load of hard boiled exposition that hopes to make the story sound a lot more interesting then it is. Unfortunately, any attempt to enliven the story is squashed by the author's flat delivery. Not that I would recommend the book, but to anyone who's thinking of reading it I suggest buying the printed version. Maybe the writing fares better when not read by someone who sounds like he's standing in front of his High School english class reading a book report.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Joseph on 22-02-06
This was a great book, although I should say highly "Hollywood-ized."
I really loved this book, and I recomend it to everyone!! The details on how this team "Busted Vegas" is outstanding! I would only warn people to remember that this book is "Based on a true story" not infact a true story. You'll see what I mean when you listen to the book.
Great book I couldn't stop talking about it with my friends after I read it!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful