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Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids

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If you think a gang of real-life geeks can't take on the world and win big...think again. And whatever you do, don't sit down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids is his amazing true story: the jaw-dropping, zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards and turned it into a fortune! The ultimate bully-magnet, Finkel grew up heckled and hazed until destiny came in the form of a trading-card game called Magic: The Gathering. Magic exploded from nerdy obsession to mainstream mania and made the teenage Finkel an ultra-cool world champion. Once transformed, this young shark stormed poker rooms from the underground clubs of New York City to the high-stakes tables online, until he landed on the largest card-counting blackjack team in the country. Taking Vegas for millions, Finkel's squad of brainy gamers became the biggest players in town. Then they took on the town's biggest game, the World Series of Poker, and walked away with more than $3.5 million! Thrilling, edgy, and ferociously feel-good, the odyssey of these underdogs-turned-overlords is the stuff of pop-culture legend. Acclaimed author David Kushner masterfully deals out the outrageous details while bringing to life a cast of characters rife with aces, kings, knaves¿and more than a few jokers. If you secretly believe every player has his day, you're right. Here's the proof. This audio also includes an interview with Jon Finkel, a.k.a. Jonny Magic.

©2005 David Kushner (P)2005 Listen & Live Audio

Narrator: David Kushner
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
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The Bones of Marianna

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With its manicured lawns and well-kept college-style buildings, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida-the largest reform school in the country-always seemed like a model for how to turn wayward teens back into productive members of society. But for decades, the century-old school's alumni whispered about a nightmarish reality that lurked behind the gleaming facade - a legacy of beatings, sexual abuse, and even murder, the evidence buried in unmarked graves on the overgrown fringes of the property. In The Bones of Marianna, David Kushner tells the story of the unlikely crusaders who pushed Dozier's dark past into the light. A one-time high school football star, haunted by the memory of a departed teammate, spends years quarterbacking the fight to expose the truth, while an anthropologist uses cutting-edge technology to dig up grim secrets. Informed by months of reporting, Kushner delivers a gripping tale of hard-won justice-and exclusive details on more secrets that may be waiting to be unearthed.

©2013 The Atavist, David Kushner (P)2013 The Atavist, David Kushner

Narrator: David Kushner
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Today's Authors Series: A Q&A with Author David Kushner and Jon 'Jonny Magic' Finkel

Summary

Imagine sitting down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Listen as author David Kushner and Jon discuss Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids, the jaw-dropping zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards and turned it into a fortune!

©2020 Listen & Live Audio (P)2020 Listen & Live Audio

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