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I enjoyed this book because I'm a fan of the mobster story genre and the plot, even with its familiar characters (Bebe/Frank Sinatra) held my interest. The narrator did an excellent job, but the character's voices....sorry, "Joey Pants," but I think too much may have been expected of you. In the second half, it was hard to distinguish who was saying what, and it sounded more than phony. One person trying to make so many characters sound authentic was a bit of a stretch. It took me nearly a month to listen to the entire book. I think if I had read it instead of listened to it, I would have been up all night.
I thought the subject matter might be too rough for me to truly enjoy. I was pleasantly surprized. It was interesting from beginning to end. I am looking forward to the sequel.
It took me a an hour to get into the book and then i found myself driving home and not remembering how i got there. I loved this book i hope you do too.
I agree with some of the comments from previous reviewers that occassionally the Italian voices were difficult to hear or understand. But they were in character and it wasn't difficult to figure out what they were saying. The story was well written and kept me engaged throughout the story.
This is a very well written story of the early years of organized crime in the US and, if I'm not mistaken, a pseudo-biography of Frank Sinatra. Half way thru the book I had to go to Wikipedia and look up Frank's real biography and the lead character's life in this book was nearly identical except for it's ending. Both narrators did a good job, tho the somewhat "over the top" portrayal of the Italian accents was distracting. I definitely felt it was worth a credit.
I think I'll skip Fusilli next time. The story goes on and on without really developing plot or characters. Disappointing.
Sometimes they overdo the Italian accent, like cartoon characters, but their narration kept the story going.
No. It's probably more suitable for a TV series, like the Sopranos.
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
Loved the narration by both Joes (although some of Joey Pants' characters are crazy sounding) but the writing is fairly trite...nothing new here and nothing surprising. Joe Pantoliano's range varies from an intriguing sexy woman to a shrewish mother to notorious gangsters and Joe Barrett's soothing storytelling narration kept the story moving forward. Twas ok but not great. On to a new book!
It's difficult to say how good this book is because there is such a disparity in the quality of the narrators--Joe Barrett being reasonably good and steady and Joe Pantoliano being terrible. Pantoliano's portrayal of different Italian accents is almost ridiculous--his characters sounding like little kids or complete idiots. The voices he uses are, more often than not, difficult to understand, both because of the ludicrous accents and lower volumes. I'm really sad I wasted my money on this novel. I gave up listening after about an hour.