The author gives great insight into the ups and downs that come as one ages. Very interesting look into how police and FBI conduct business with the mafia families. A must read if you enjoy Mafia history/tales. Gaspipe is a Machiavelli type leader. Uses his head instead of his muscle.
All audio books are better than the written version.
A really cool, deep voice that is similar to Morgan Freeman.
This dude was a ruthless sick bastard.
Great read if you like true crime. What disturbed me a bit was it seemed to be written from his perspective, and made him out to be a nice guy through parts of the book. They left out some particular details about his life, but I do a lot of research on mobsters so I'm probably biased in that regard.
Rest his soul but the fatuousness and fawning of this author is almost beyond comprehension. It's almost painful to listen as the author reverts to street talk, obviously in imitation of his subject and idol, and editorializes wildly in desperate and hopeless attempts to make us understand as he does that "Anthony" is not the degenerate liar and paranoid sociopath who almost single-handedly brought the Lucchese family to its knees as surely as his almost identical, pathological twin Nicky Scarfo destroyed the Philly Mob.
This labyrinthian narrative of apparently devined thoughts and slanderous facts lurches forward and backward, grasping feebly at the same pointless points over and over in futile attempts to resurrect some semblance of chronological or topical order that never was buried because in this book it never existed.
Fantastic to listen to the accounts from a true mafia boss. The book takes you through the life of Anthony Casso who in spite of everything is a man of his word. It is a fascinating and fantastic journey from the pinnacles of power to love to spare and powerlessness of a jail cell.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
Having read quite a few books on the subject of the mafia, I found that this book gave a new perspective in some ways. The narrative is simple and easy to listen to. The later part of the book held some surprises for me in terms of just how many people turned state's evidence and Carlo explains what was done with that evidence.
Yes, to catch up on the details
The revenge for the attempt on his life
The revenge for the attempt on his life
Good insight into the Mafia.
This book did provide some colorful insight into the people and processes of the New York Mafia, so it was worth reading. However, the content was so self-serving and self-glorifying that it almost became a joke at certain points. This is what happens when narcissistic psychopaths authorize their own biography. Then came the writing. So many weak and silly metaphors. This book really deserves a C grade. It's not great, it's barely good, it's almost bad, but it's not horrible.
I might for some information I might have missed.
Gaspipe. Such an interesting character.
He pulls off a New York accent well at several times.
The creepiest part is in the prologue when Casso shoots up a guy who tried to kill him, even shooting his penis.
A must have in my opinion.
Like another reviewer stated I had first read Iceman which is by the same author and it was a great and entertaining book -- in retrospect I'm not sure how true it was but it was still interesting.
This book is not up to those standards -- it's not even close. The book is written like the author is afraid that a contract will be put on him if he is even remotely objective on any point. Additionally the author uses every cliche you can recall.
The story starts off extremely slow, the first quarter or more of this book is very boring. The reason I'll give this book 3-stars is the middle part of the book. During this part the story flows at a good pace, its interesting and it even for the most part seems well written. But then the author returns to the dull, non-objective filler for the final 3-4 hours. In this part you can hear about how unfair the government is not to give him a 6 1/2 sentence, I mean he plead guilty to killing many people, dealing drugs, corruption, etc -- but 6 1/2 years seems fair to me. You'll hear about how the government tricked him into a confession, how they gave him his lawyer, how they took advantage of poor Anthony. It's one of the most dull, boring diatribes I've ever heard and why the author didn't make this part of the book about 12 long is beyond me.
As for the read I'm convinced he's only reading the book in an effort to test the bass of your speakers. His reading style is annoying at best, dangerous to your health at worst. He's not the worst reader I've heard but he is not very good. He could become an acceptable reader if he stopped purposefully trying to make his voice so bassy, it's very annoying.
Overall this book is quite disappointing and worst it makes me think the entire Iceman book, which I did enjoy, is complete fiction.