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  • The King of Sting

  • The Amazing True Story of a Modern American Outlaw
  • By: Craig Glazer, Sal Manna
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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The King of Sting

By: Craig Glazer,Sal Manna
Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
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Editor reviews

After college student Craig Glazer was ripped off while trying to buy marijuana, he decided to plan and execute a fake sting to get back at the drug dealers who had robbed him. He walked away with $50,000 and, more importantly, a rush so intense that he embarked on a two-year spree of stings, aided by a crew of accomplices. Robin Bloodworth's confident, rough-around-the-edges voice believably conveys Glazer's addiction to the adrenaline rush of the outlaw lifestyle in this amazing true story. Scenes of violence and suspense unfurl through Bloodworth's intense peformance, and listeners will be on the edge of their seats as Glazer attempts the ultimate sting in Los Angeles, consequences be damned.

Summary

Craig Glazer was an ordinary college student when he planned and successfully executed his first fake sting to get back at some drug dealers who had robbed him. The rush he got from the experience led him and a crew of 11 accomplices to mastermind a two-year, 33-sting spree that stretched coast to coast, posing as everything from local police to IRS agents and hotel managers.

Glazer and Donald Woodbeck, his partner in crime, sniffed out some of the most sought-after drug lords in the country for the FBI and DEA like bloodhounds. For a while, the plan worked—until Craig’s world came crashing down.

©2010 Craig Norton Glazer and Salvatore John Manna (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

“A high-flying, adrenaline-filled story with the feel of the movie The Sting.” ( Booklist)

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The Sting

An entertaining well narrated book that is thought provoking. It is a page turner as it’s exciting

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The book I wished was better

The story for most was brilliant but finished halfway through which was a shame for me

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  • Philip Anderson
  • 21-01-21

A fascinating true life story

This story may not have happened at all if only Craig’s father had treated him with love and respect!
Craig is a smart, capable person who was driven by one main thing, the search for his Dad’s approval. This drove him to find solace in the world of movies where Craig in real life played the part of a larger than life character, and actually scripted and directed real stings of some very dangerous criminals!
A colorful story that is also a commentary on human nature and the desire for revenge (mankind’s strongest emotional driving force).
You will shake your head at the hubris and stupidity of some federal agents, and local cops, as well, who were stung by Craig and his crew.
Many passing references to famous people of all types in the story.

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  • Monique Beltran
  • 13-09-20

Wow

I wonder how much he left out and now we'll never know. May he rest well.

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  • Chiman8top
  • 24-04-14

Boring.

The story is surprisingly boring and the narration is slow and smug. The books goes off on many tangents that slow down what little action there is. I couldn't get through it.

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  • Kevin
  • 25-02-13

One of my Favorites

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. For anyone that likes true crime and is intrigued by clever "bad guys", this is a great read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The King of Sting?

The great thing about this book is that there was no ebb an flow leading to that peak. The whole book was a flow and it was all very memorable.

What about Robin Bloodworth’s performance did you like?

His voice an inflection was wonderful and he made the characters come alive. The were subtle differences to their voices and tones, without sounding overdone, which carried throughout the book. One of my favorite listens.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think there were sad moments, but for the most part, this was about clever and even witty criminals ripping off other criminals.

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  • gary F.
  • 20-01-15

Boring

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I agreed with the reviewer above. To slow to get to the point of a story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boring

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  • DIY manAmazon Customer
  • 29-11-22

great book

An honest and courageous good listen that kept the story moving. His career path is interesting and engaging. the worst part is that it ended.

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  • Russell
  • 15-11-22

Not sure what to think.

A sad tail of what bad decision making mixed with drugs can turn into. I was glad when this one ended. I couldn’t take another scam or “sting” or shady deal. It’s too bad ole Craig just couldn’t stay in Kansas and make the best of it. Sounds like he could have had a great life instead of persistently trying to be something he could never be.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-22

Highly Recommend

What a wild ride of a life. The story as well as the narration was great. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Adding
  • 01-08-22

Glimpse into the criminal and legal underworld

Fascinating glimpse into the life story of a regular man, using his intelligence to chase opportunities, learning on his feet. This is one of those books you want to finish in one sitting.
Life lesson here is quick money goes fast.

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  • Jonathan
  • 21-07-22

Very entertaining

A great story about a guy in a bunch of life choices that he made. It’s really interesting and is not boring