Money for Nothing

Money for Nothing

One Man's Journey Through the Dark Side of Lottery Millions

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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This wry and funny memoir tells the story of America's addiction to gambling from an astonishing angle. At age twenty-six, broke and knee-deep in gambling debt, Ed Ugel serendipitously landed a job as a salesman for "The Firm," a company that offered up-front cash to lottery winners in exchange for their gradually-doled-out prize money. Ed made a lucrative living by taking advantage of lottery winners' weaknesses-weaknesses he knew all too well. As Ed saw up close the often hilarious, sometimes sad outcome when great wealth is dropped on ordinary people who rarely have the financial savvy to keep up with the lottery-winner lifestyle, he discovered that the American Dream looks a lot like a day at the casino. And like those lottery winners, Ed struggled to find a balance in his own life as his increasing success earned him a bigger and bigger salary.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781433256325
Branch Call Number: Streaming Hoopla Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 11 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Morey, Arthur
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happy7
Apr 04, 2010

Not exactly what I was hoping for...
A few warnings about the Playaway audio book - First, the quality of the sound is fuzzy like listening to a copy of a copy of a copy. Second, I could not rewind a few seconds if I missed something.

As for the book itself, is... well, thje word "sucks" is the first word that comes to mind so I guess that could be interpreted as poorly written, slow even when played at the fastest speed.

It is as if the author is trying to amend for wrong doings but he doesn't really sound sorry, if that makes sense. It almost sounds like the author is gloating, rather than truly sorry for his previous line of work. I would have preferred it if he would have just said, yeah I helped con people out of money – so what!

The reader is boring even though you can hear him trying to make the book exciting. The content is only somewhat interesting. If you don't have to read this book, save yourself the 9 hours and read something else.

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