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  • Summary

  • Please note: contains strong language, depictions of violence and references to suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

    Sir Michael Caine knows a thing or two about gangs: whether that’s joining one as a kid, or playing gangsters in movies for over 50 years. Organised crime has captivated pop culture for decades, from the Krays to the Mafia. 

    Now Caine delves into the real stories behind the gangs we think we know so well, revealing the hidden realities behind the myths. And he throughout the series he asks: can a gang ever truly be ‘successful’?

    Producer: 7Digital

    ©2021 Audible, Ltd (P)2021 Audible, Ltd
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Respect

    Jun 30 2021

    The Krays: Michael Caine begins his journey close to home in 1960s London, when he met the capital’s most infamous twins. How did they command so much respect?

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    50 mins
  • Ep. 2: A Gap in the Market

    Jun 30 2021

    Griselda Blanco: One of the most obvious measures of a gang’s success is their wealth, and few have accumulated more ‘The Black Widow’. Michael tracks the rise and fall of one of Columbia’s most dangerous criminals.

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    50 mins
  • Ep. 3: As Far Back as I Can Remember

    Jun 30 2021

    John Gotti: To maintain a successful enterprise a gang has to appeal to new recruits. No one did this better than the Italian-American Mafia and its most famous boss, John Gotti.

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    55 mins

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  • Myfamilyisloved
  • 10-07-21

Underwhelming, Nauseous and Slightly Misleading

Like most users, I suspect, I chose to listen to this audio book because of Michael Caine. When you actually get to hear his voice (there are a number of others) his performance is classic Caine—brilliant. However, like most topics these days, instead of being entertaining the producers have elected to turn the program into a platform for social politics—cue the vomit.

Explaining how John Gotti became John Gotti is one thing. Asserting that it was racism, poverty and the lack of ‘social capital’ that caused Gotti to become a sadistic, violent criminal that plagued his own people and society as a whole is quite another.

Next time you want to bring in so-called experts to upstage Michael Caine (who again, is brilliant) may I humbly suggest a new title and place it in the psychology/political/social mad-science section:

Michael Caine (and other randos): Gangs and how you and the rest of society can feel bad about being the reason they exist.

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  • Don W.
  • 07-07-21

starts strong, ends poorly.

Michael Caine 's delivery is spot on. I enjoyed the first few episodes and learned a few things. By the end the excuses for aberrant behavior because of skin color wrote thin. Every scum bag criminal in this series was white up until the final one who, for some reason, her dark colored skin made her criminality excusable or sympathetic.

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  • John Eleen
  • 05-07-21

like a history lesson over brandy

I can listen to Michael Caine all day and feel debonair and refined during my retail job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-21

Michael Caine

my only critical point would be the choice of putting background music every 30 seconds. But this is more than made up with Michael Caine's smooth buttery voice.

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  • Alice
  • 03-07-21

Makes my membership worth it

Gangster history series narrated by none other than Sir Michael Cain, you say? Say no more! Excellent audio quality too.

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  • Christopher Christensen
  • 28-07-21

Skin color is no excuse for being a Criminal

Starts off good then falls flat to the modern agenda on how whites are just bad people in general and colored people have an excuse for committing crimes when they do commit them... 5 stars for the beginning 0 for the end

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  • Sue N.
  • 07-07-21

Gangs through the eyes of Michael Caine

The star of the original Italian Job gives his unique blend of story telling and humor to a great crime series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-21

Well done, Michael.

Close your eyes.

Imagine Michael Caine did a great podcast about gangs.

That’s exactly what this.

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  • Jose M.
  • 10-07-21

fun story telling

informative but not necessarily a super deep dive into each gang ring they covered. would liked a little deeper dive of each. Michael Caine is legend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-21

Another Masterpiece

Love this and everything else Micheal has done!
Excellent listen. Highly addictive! Listened more than once!

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  • Testing123
  • 04-07-21

Spoiled by irritating music. Dialog drowned out.

Was looking forward to this. I listened to the first two chapters. Just had to stop after the 2nd chapter. Spoiled by irritating music throughout.
Just like every Audible original that is included with membership, it is constantly assaulting (or should that be Insulting) the ears with added music.
Why do they keep spoiling the Audible included content with this nonsense?
It's meant to be an audiobook, not a flipping musical.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 04-07-21

Awful!

I really do object when crimals are lauded as heroes, they are evil men, not worthy of praise. I cannot read beyond the first chapter as it just makes me angry!

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  • Tony Ogundeyi
  • 04-07-21

Superb, Riveting Back To Back Listening.

Sir Michael Caine performs an excellent narration in this brilliant, informative & captivating production.

The veil is lifted so we get to peek beyond the mystique, the stereotypes and myths surrounding some notoriously well known (& not so well known) gangs & gangsters.

We get some reveling insights into the psychology of the gang, facts from fiction and the truth behind the stories.

It's refreshingly good that the gang's victims are also given compassionate consideration so whilst acknowledging our virtually obsessive fascination with gangs & gangsters, it's not just about glorification of gangs & gangsters, infact far from.

The live interviews especially one with a former female 'gang' member's a bit of a surprise & also quite touching.

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  • SweetRita
  • 04-07-21

Excellent but brutal.

Their are many lessons to be learned. I highly recommend you start here with this one!😱

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  • Conrad Littler
  • 11-07-21

pre recorded horse shite

absolute cardboard. whoever editted this was either on a promise or it was their first job. I have better conversation with my Alexa.
1 star given as you have to give at least one. just writing this review while my fence panel dries.

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  • LM Winterbottom
  • 17-07-21

Cracking!

Very educational, broken down into sections, easy listening and highly addictive. Michael Caine is blinding!

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  • Charlie Taylor
  • 14-08-21

Solid serial

I honestly didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did but considering it was just Michael Caine holding our hand through many stories we've all heard of but with a little more depth and understanding that we love to glorify horrible people. This became one of my favourite listens this year. Especially the Omerta & Jesse James episodes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-21

gangs.

very interesting listening, an eye opener on the world of gangs and gang culture. Great reading by Michael Caine.

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  • HAPPYBICHON
  • 15-07-21

Michael Caine gangs

loved it informative and very educational. Sir Michael was AWESOME I wanted to listen to all 6 episodes at once but at the same time did NOT want to finish thank you Audible

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  • t.g.warner
  • 15-07-21

Brilliant stories

I became completely immersed in all of these stories. Micheal Caine brilliant as ever and talking to those involved made it so real. loved it and I will probably listen to it again. Definitely recommend listening to this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-21

Disappointing

Have enjoyed all other Michael Caine audible productions, however this started well enough and then plummeted in to Woke drivel. history is history, you can't change it just learn from it, you certainly can not judge historical figures by today's apologist standards. What next condemnation of the actions of the men at rorke's drift ?

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  • Liz - Australian artist
  • 09-07-21

great work

cut to bite size for easy listening.
really enjoyed this.
Michael Cain being Michael Cain

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  • Daniel
  • 21-07-21

Great for all Michael Caine fans!

Having really enjoyed the last Michael Caine Audible podcast (Heists), I was straight onto this as soon as it released, and had finished the series before the day was up. It is well produced and well narrated. If I am being completely honest though, I could probably listen to Michael Caine reading a shopping list and still give it five stars - he is just so cool to listen to. This podcast is very reminiscent of Caine's gangster films, and he also puts a bit of personal story/reflection in each story. Well worth the listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-21

Skip last 2 chapters

Starts brilliantly, then becomes woke.....why? there is no point in cancelling Jesse James other then to project you own self righteousness. History cannot be cancelled

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-21

Gangs narrated by Michael Caine

Michael Caine is a wonderful narrator. loved listening to his voice. The true stories were very informative.

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  • merlin
  • 26-07-21

Very critical Jessie James

Good to hear his voice.
Bland woke politics.
Destroys Jessie James.
Don't know why he made the series.

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  • col
  • 31-07-21

Awesome

great listen, perfect narration, variety and subjects were interesting, would love to hear more similar, in this format