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ALPHAVILLE 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City's Lower East Side

by | Read by Keith Szarabajka

Biography & Memoir • 9.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2010

As a cop, Codella worked the toughest beat in New York City, a part of lower Manhattan called Alphabet City. He had grown up close by in Brooklyn, where cops and Mafia heads lived on the same block, and knew the streets like a native. He soon found that speaking the language of prostitutes and dope-dealers gave him an advantage in fighting against the drug wars taking place in a crime-infested city. Narrator Keith Szarabajka provides Codella’s story with streetwise New York accents and Puerto Rican-accented English. In delivering the story’s noir style, he excels at depicting the gang members, drug dealers, and other low-lifes the author specialized in putting out of business. Without Szarabajka’s narration, one imagines that the trip into the danger and occasional comedy of such a terrible place would be far less entertaining. Codella doesn’t paints himself as an angel—nor does he talk like one—but he seems like he wears a badge you’d want in your neighborhood. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2011]

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Trade Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2010

CD ISBN 9781441787422 $34.95 • Eight CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781441787439 $29.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

 

Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2010

CS ISBN 9781441787408 $59.95 • Seven cassettes

CD ISBN 9781441787415 $90.00 • Eight CDs

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