The Big Fix (Audio Download): Brett Forrest, Alexander Cendese, HarperCollins Publishers Limited: Audible Audiobooks Audible –

Timed to coincide with the World Cup in Brazil and told in the style of a page turning thriller, this is the book that will blow the lid off international match fixing in football a pandemic that has struck at the heart of the beautiful game It began as a series of disparate reports coming in from the corners of the football world referees, players and managers were deliberately fixing results at the behest of illegal bettors But as the reports kept coming, bit by bit the scale of the problem began to emerge These weren t just footballing minnows but major teams and players, playing on the biggest possible stages The money at stake ran into the billions And the people pulling the strings were operating for some of the largest, most heinous criminal syndicates in the world In The Big Fix, Brett Forrest uncovers the scarcely believable scale of a threat to the beautiful game that is only just now coming to light Told in the style of a thriller, Forrest tracks down the criminals who occupy this murky world of billion dollar transactions, as well as the people tasked with hunting them and saving football s lifeblood Published on the eve of the World Cup, this shocking expose reveals a criminal enterprise that threatens to rot football to its core

14 thoughts on “The Big Fix (Audio Download): Brett Forrest, Alexander Cendese, HarperCollins Publishers Limited: Audible Audiobooks

  1. chelsea chelsea says:


  2. ross evans ross evans says:

    Excellent stuff Last few chapters especially.Must read for any Football fan.

  3. Miller. Miller. says:

    I found myself at Square Two after wading through the book s 280 pages There should probably be at least another two squares, maybe a half dozen to reach the end of the journey if, in fact, there is one One of the book s characters, the real good guy, alludes to what may be the author s conclusion that the problem will always be with us, that there is no end to match fixing If the whole idea may be to write a sequel which wraps up the criminal activity associated with the world s most popular sport, I will await other reviewers commentary before I buy it I was expecting a lot from this book.If you don t already have a good handle on betting, odds making and gambling terminology in general, this book is likely to leave you wondering what you just read and whether it was worth the time it took to read it Unfortunately, I fit both categories since I ve never been a gambler or associated with any If you already know a lot about basket weaving, I suggest you spend the hours you might have spent with this book reading about basket weaving.

  4. Andy Orrock Andy Orrock says:

    This excellent piece of investigatory journalism from ESPN The Magazine s Senior Writer Brett Forrest takes us inside the shocking world of international football i.e., soccer match fixing There are two main threads of the story that of the main chaser, Chris Eaton, one time Melbourne cop turned Interpol sleuth and that of the most notorious of the fixers, Wilson Raj Perumal, Singapore s Kelong King Though Forrest came to the story by way of Eaton who, post Interpol, did a stint with FIFA as its chief security officer and now sets up office at the Qatar based International Centre for Sport Security , what s notable about the book is his access to Perumal, whom Forrest tracks down in Hungary In his Acknowledgements, Forrest notes that Perumal earns my gratefulness for his courteous recollections.Beyond the cat and mouse aspects of the book, Forrest s work is notable for its descriptions of how the spectre of match fixing permeated the game s highest levels It s a perfect storm of the ascendancy of Chinese wealth a country of serious gamblers , the rise of Internet bookmaking sites creating market making and transborder cash flow and strapped international federations hungry for cash.My favorite passages of the book weren t directly related to either Eaton or Perumal They involved Carsten Koerl, founder of Bet to Win, later renamed to Bwin, one of the foremost Internet bookers and coincidentally a prominent sponsor of many top flight clubs Koerl went on to found Sportradar and later Betradar , whose speciality is in spotting games whose betting action as compared to expectations made them outliers and possible fraud cases.

  5. a a says:

    Forrest goes deep on this one, from the Middle East to Singapore, SA to Europe to Australia, to get a story that is less about soccer and about the realities of the trillion dollar business of sports betting He gets right in the crux of the Triads sitting atop Asian based gambling, who operate or less freely between the cracks of national jurisdictions This is the story that will, sooner or later, be the driver that either changes FIFA or brings it down Very impressed by Forrest s ability not only to get the story and get out , but to create such a readable book based on a sport that I could care less about researching.

  6. bigbee bigbee says:

    I originally bought this book for my husband who is a huge soccer fan, but picked it up when I was home sick and couldn t put it down I literally read the whole thing in a day and I know nothing about soccer or gambling The story is mind blowing anyone who has watched or will watch the World Cup should definitely read this.

  7. Eric Cantona Eric Cantona says:

    A breezy read that is in turns illuminating and perhaps not wholly surprising, the Big Fix is nothing if not a fun, engaging page turner Perumel and Eaton the story s protagonists are well developed and nuanced than they could have been portrayed in the hands of a lesser writer Brett Forrest seems cut from the same cloth as Michael Lewis in making the opaque machinations of a massive financial con accessible to the casual reader, all the while telling an engaging, entertaining story about real people doing crazy stuff on an enormous stage.

  8. Ronald Schmidt Ronald Schmidt says:

    The book is fine, you get a real sense of just how deep the fix is in in sport, particularly World Football, but the sense that with even best efforts, it s a losing game, gives the book nothing solid to end on.

  9. Carlos Carlos says:

    Good read, pertinent to FIFA s currentSituation

  10. Customer Customer says:

    Ironically started reading just before the FIFA scandal.

  11. Miss Texas Miss Texas says:


  12. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    The Big Fix reads as a true crime novel, while following Southeast Asia s match fixing syndicates It s a quick read for someone interested in the dark arts of the sport as Arsene Wenger might describe match fixing and Paul Scholes.

  13. Michael Perry Michael Perry says:

    First, generally speaking, I could care less about soccer, not because it is a bad sport it is not or because it is a bit boring to watch it is , but mostly because of the unattractive culture that surrounds it hooligans, racism, highly subjective officiating, fake fouls, greasy euro pop hair do s, the over glorification it gets in Europe, etc., etc., etc. In fact, I bought this book in part because I wanted fuel for the fire and had been following FIFA scandals including Forrest s coverage of the fixing racket on ESPN I was not let down Forrest did a great job of convincingly exposing the gritty, non fiction details of The Fix with the flow of a spy thriller.With the 2018 and 2022 World Cup going to two countries completely unworthy of hosting Russia and Qatar due to obvious bribes, this book could not be timely I recommend this book and hope that Forrest will continue to hammer away at FIFA and the fixers.

  14. BBB BBB says:

    Great book Well organized and thourough Definately opened my eyes to an issue that I always felt was hiding under the covers Soccer fans around the world should be reading this book.