I listened to the audiobook of this book and boy what a fascinating listen this was. I was apprehensive about listening to a nonfiction audiobook, I figured it would be dull and I would have a hard time keeping my interest on the book. I couldn’t have been more wrong, this book captivated my attention just like a fiction book would have done; if all nonfiction audiobooks are like this one then I will certainly be listening to more in the near future.
This book was extremely exciting. This book didn’t read like a typical nonfiction book at all, but rather, read like a fast-paced fiction thriller. The story goes from beginning to end, starting with the beginning of the cocaine “epidemic” in America and ending with the apprehension of the corrupt agents/people. (I would say that’s a spoiler alert except you learn right at the beginning what’s going to happen.) The author goes into extensive detail throughout the book; there is certainly no shortage of information here. Yet even though there was a ton of information presented in this book, it didn’t feel like information overload. The author does a fantastic job of keeping the action up and not letting the storyline get bogged down with ceaseless information.
The story itself was fascinating. I’ve had my head in the sand when it comes to drugs in America; they don’t really impact me so I find myself not really caring. This book really brought the cocaine issue to light. The information in this book is fascinating and not something that I knew much about. After reading this book I now feel as if I know a lot about cocaine and the history behind its use and explosion in the United States.
The authors writing style was really pleasant. As I mentioned earlier, the author does a fantastic job of keeping the story moving. Along with that, the author does a fantastic job of introducing characters and keeping them straight for the reader. Although many of the names sounded similar to me, the author did a good job of making sure the reader was able to keep a clear picture on who was who. The author also did a fantastic job of using direct quotes throughout the story. It was interesting to hear the perspectives of different people in their own words. And I thought that the author did a really good job of blending quotes seamlessly into the story.
The narrator in this book was really exceptional (although I feel like I say that about every narrator). He did a fantastic job with the voices and the accents. It honestly took me a really long time to figure out whether I was listening to actual quotes from the people (in their voices) or whether the narrator was just that good at portraying the voices of different people.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in drug history, in police history, or in fascinating nonfiction books. The author does a fantastic job of portraying the issue in a way that is exciting and informative. I would also recommend the audiobook format of this book, especially if you’re looking to get into listening to nonfiction audiobooks.