• The Quiet Don

  • The Untold Story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino
  • By: Matt Birkbeck
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

To what extent was Rosario “Russell” Bufalino involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa in 1975? In the CIA’s recruitment of gangsters to assassinate Fidel Castro? In organizing the historic meeting of crime chieftains in 1957? Even in the production of The Godfather movie.

Secretive - even reclusive - Russell Bufalino quietly built his organized crime empire in the decades between Prohibition and the Carter presidency. His reach extended far beyond the coal country of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and quaint Amish farms near Lancaster. Bufalino had a hand in global, national, and local politics of the largest American cities, many of its major industries, and controlled the powerful Teamsters Union. His influence also reached the highest levels of Pennsylvania government and halls of Congress, and his legacy left a culture of corruption that continues to this day.

A uniquely American saga that spans six decades, The Quiet Don follows Russell Bufalino’s remarkably quiet ascent from Sicilian immigrant to mob soldier to a man described by a United States Senate subcommittee in 1964 as “one of the most ruthless and powerful leaders of the Mafia in the United States.”

©2013 Matt Birkbeck (P)2014 Tantor

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Important But Edited By Lawyers?

Micheal Prichard's voice is as flat as a big swath of Matt Birkbeck's writing. Birkbeck's a newspaper reporter, not a writer in the magazine or fiction sense. Moreover, he's challenged here by a big cast of characters and events. Topping it off he imposes some literary devices… flashbacks in particular… that make the story bumpier than the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Anyway, the corruption Birkbeck intimates or alleges here is unnerving. It's an important read for anyone with Pennsylvania roots even if the story arc feels as if the it's had potentially risky chunks hacked away by the publisher's legal staff.

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Not enough Bufalino and too much Denaples

Would you try another book from Matt Birkbeck and/or Michael Prichard?

Probably not.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Prichard’s performances?

Absolutely not.

Was The Quiet Don worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

Michael Prichard absolutely slaughtered the Italian names. Bufalino, Delia and Osticco mispronounced. There were others also. Shame on Pritchard.

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information

i loved it it kept my attention i learned a bunch of information on Bufalino and his Family that i had never heard before

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Was excited to read about Russell Bufalino but found the book was only about 30% about him. The author was kind of all over the place and found myself confused. Michael Prichard was kind of boring. I would probably not listen to another book narrated by Michael. Overall about a 2 out of 5.

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This is Bufalino’s life story?

If I wanted to read a book about political intrigue in Pennsylvania that happened a decade or two after Russell Bufalino passed away, then this would have been perfect. Unfortunately for me, I was thinking this book would be about Russell Bufalino, and was therefore very disappointed.

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Oh! What a great book!

As a second generation Italian, my family coming over in 1904 from Bari, immensely enjoyed this book. I always wondered growing up how much truth there was to the Mafia in the USA. Well, this book put it all out there. I was very glad to have listened to the great audio interpretation.

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Misleading at Best

Almost NOTHING to do with Russell Bufalino. I would never recommend this book as a choice.

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Totally Unprofessional Quality

Pretty clear that there was absolutely no effort put into the reading of this story. Nearly every name is mispronounced, words are misused, inflection errors, etc. It's a shame because the story is great, and the author truly is an expert in this story, and the area in which Russell had power.

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not as good as i was hoping

i had wanted to listen to this book for a while expecting it was going to be much better than it turned out to be. after seeing and listening to "the irishman" i though there was going to be much more in the way of interersting details and stories about his rule as the boss of his territory. don't get me wrong, there was quite a bit of good info but i guess i just had higher hopes. i didn't care much for the narrator but not as bad as some others i've heard on audible. russell was deffinately a notable figure in many ways. if you have heard anything about him in other places and want to know more this is probably the only place you will find it and his story ties in with the stoies of other mobsters and well known mafia related events from the 50's on. all in all not a bad listen.

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sucks

a complete bore of what should have been great material we dont suggest it avoid