Like some of the other reviewers, I was disappointed by the credibility of this supposed biography.
This book was highly entertaining, and the violence in it was sensational and shocking. The author did a good job building the characters and making you empathize with them, and as a listener, I felt immersed in the story.
However, it seems as though the author listened to the ramblings of Kuklinski while in prison, embellished them, and then presented them as fact. I will refrain from any specifics so that I don't ruin the book for those who haven't read it, but some of the stories are absurd and most of them are unverifiable.
I've listen to lots of Books on here. Many times I'd be in the middle of something and I'd miss something and not bother to rewind what I've missed. NOT WITH THIS!!! I listened to everything over and over to make sure I got it all. Totally Mesmorized. I love love loved it!
No doubt, the story is fascinating. If you are looking for a mafia novel to read, this will be 10 times better. But, sadly, Carlo offers almost no critical analysis of the stories he is told from Kuklinski. Even if you have no external information about the events, there are major internal inconsistencies in the story as told. I'm not saying Carlo needs to resolve them, but his lack of even acknowledging the inconsistencies significantly challenges the work's credibility. Further, Carlo doesn't even make an effort at acknowledging the many versions of these events told by other people which are quite different. It would be fine for Carlo to attempt to argue that other versions are wrong and this is a more accurate portrayal, but to not even acknowledge that other people claim these events happened differently is a major flaw.
After the book ends, there is an audio recording of some interviews with Kuklinski. This is a great add-on because, by the time you get to the end, you are fascinated with this guy and want to understand him better. But, even in these short interviews, Kuklinski himself contradicts things that he said to Carlo in interviews reported in the book. I don't even care so much which version, if any, is correct, but I felt that it was a great loss to not explore what it meant that Kuklinski was telling contradictory versions of events to the author.
This book is worth the credit and time to listen if you are interested in some good crime stories, but it leaves way too many open questions to provide a helpful insight into either Kuklinski himself or the mafia generally.
I just finished part 1, and that's it for me. There are so many things wrong with this book, I hardly know where to begin. The writing is extremely clunky, and the author never met a cliche he didn't embrace. "Dead as a doorknob," "ugly as sin," so many more. And so many parts are mind-numbing laundry lists of people he killed. And repetitive. How many times does he have to tell us that Kuklinski hated his mother and thought she was a slut? But the most offensive thing to me is that the author doesn't give corroborating evidence to a single one of the murders. He was the hit man that the mafia hired to kill Paul Castellano? Really? Even though he wasn't Italian and therefore couldn't join the Mafia? Unbelievable!
Avid reader/listener of just about anything.
Mesmerizing and eye-opening from the first chapter right through to the end of the book. It was presented in such a manor that I was almost cheering for Richard at points during the book, not particularly something to be proud of. As loathsome as I believe the man to be, I cannot hide my fascination for this. The things he did and the way he did them still send chills down my spine. I feed my lizard a RAT once a week and I look at it in a whole new light now. Thanks Rich!
Seriously, this is well worth the trip it will inevitably take you on even if the editing could be a little neater, the story outweighs the prose.
Of all the true crime thrillers available on this site, Ice Man is truly the most gripping and entertaining audiobook yet. This diabolical murderer has almost as many complex compartments entwined in his warped personality as he has methods of torturing and exterminating his hopeless prey. The distinguishing characteristic of this prolific serial killer was his overall genuine likeability and cryptic creativity. Absolutely awesome narrator- MUST READ!!!
This is an interesting story in serious need of an editor. Lots of repetition, heaps of trite phrases and the narrative voice keeps changing - sometimes in the same paragraph (from second person reporting to first person opinion. Terribly confusing). There is so much repetition I thought my iPod was stuck on rewind.
The subject is such a frightening person, just telling his story as flat observation might have worked better. After all, 30 years as a prolific, sadistic killer is an eye-popper of a resume all by itself.
The Ice Man is aptly named. Truly a book that I couldn't put down, and one that drove me to the Internet for further research and information.