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American Kingpin

The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire
Autor: Nick Bilton
Sprecher: Will Damron
Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 14 Min.
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Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of American Kingpin by Nick Bilton, read by Will Damron.

From New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton comes a true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road.

In 2011, Ulbricht, a 26-year-old libertarian idealist and former Boy Scout, launched 'a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them'. He called it Silk Road, opened for business on the Dark Web, and christened himself the Dread Pirate Roberts (after the Princess Bride character). The site grew at a tremendous pace, quickly becoming a $1.2 billion enterprise where you could buy or sell drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, guns, grenades, and poisons.

The Silk Road soon caught the attention of the feds, who embarked on an epic two-year manhunt for the site's proprietor. Ulbricht, in the meantime, struggled to maintain control of his double life and his marketplace, which he originally started to prove that legalising drugs could make society safer. He gradually abandoned his libertarian ideals to rule Silk Road with increasingly authoritarian force. At one point he engaged the services of hired hitmen to take out employees he felt had wronged him. Soon some of the federal agents who were supposed to be hunting for Ulbricht were lured into the dark world and switched sides to join him.

This is a true-life thriller about ambition gone awry, spurred on by the defining clash of our time: the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralised web advocates and the old world of government control, order and the rule of law. Bilton's dazzling rendering and gift for narrative make for an endlessly fascinating drama.

©2017 Nick Bilton (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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never have I heard a 12hr long audio book in such a short time!!! more than really good!

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Naive and overly sensational

The original story is a fundamentally interesting and important story about the dark web and its potential in counter economics. Unfortunately, the author wrote it like bad teen fiction. Poor language, several misused idioms.
Overly sensationalized, terribly naive. He drags out parts of the story, I assume to create tension, but fails to do so. Full of a lot of puff, standing in the way of content.

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Sehr spannend und kurzweilig erzählt

Non fictional fiction... tolle Geschichte, toller Erzähler. Erwartungen übertroffen. Sehr spannender Stoff gut erzählt ohne Längen.

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Ideal as an audiobook!

Captivating story - perfect and thrilling to listen to on the daily commute! I reccomend it!

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One of the best Audiobooks

Great story. Never finished 12h of listening so fast. Tje reader is also a perfect fit and is doing a great job.

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Great story, very entertaining

This book is entertaining from the first to the last minute of listening. It's for anyone who is into crime stories and/ or into internet culture.

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Unbelievable story amazingly told

Not only is this one of the most interesting tales I've come across but the author managed to capture all players, their motives and struggles in such a lively way it was impossible to stop listening to it.

Hatching Twitter, the other book I know from him was equally absorbing and I can fully recommend this book to anyone. Also the audio version was one of the best. Really happy I made this purchase.