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Bound by Honor Audiobook

Bound by Honor: A Mafioso's Story

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Publisher's Summary

The son of legendary mafioso Joe Bonanno, Bill Bonanno was born into a world of respect, tradition, and honor, and was a "made" member of the mafia by the time he was in his early twenties. He was rumored to be the model for The Godfather's Michael Corleone, and was the subject of Gay Talese's best-selling Honor Thy Father. Now retired, Bonanno is finally ready to bear witness to his life as a high-ranking captain in one of America's most powerful mafia syndicates. From the truth about his father's mysterious disappearance to a startling disclosure about the mob's part in the Kennedy assassination, Bonanno lays bare the inner workings of his chaotic, violent, and surprisingly human world with unparalleled detail and insight.

©1999 Bill Bonanno, All Rights Reserved; (P)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    William Linwood, NJ, USA 09-11-04
    William Linwood, NJ, USA 09-11-04
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    "Excellent Audiobook"

    As a fan of true mafia crime stories, this one is top flight. This is not written by a rat, but by one of the last stand up guys from the heyday of organized crime. His discussion of the Kennedy assasination is particularly compelling.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Roswell, GA, USA 03-18-03
    Matthew Roswell, GA, USA 03-18-03
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    "Excellent Book"

    I found this book very entertaining. I especially enjoyed Bill's voice as the narrator. His perspective on the Kennedy killings was quite captivating. Although I felt he held some things back to protect himself, I am surprised by the information he did reveal about a secret world about which many do not know or understand.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John Monroe Twp, NJ, United States 05-16-03
    John Monroe Twp, NJ, United States 05-16-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Boring"

    After listening to TAKEDOWN, this was very under-whelming

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kindra 05-06-14
    kindra 05-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this book. They are not all bad guys."
    What did you love best about Bound by Honor?

    I loved Bill's candidness.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I thought the Kennedy stuff was interesting. I'd heard a bit of it by the family in the past but finally got details.


    What about Bill Bonanno’s performance did you like?

    I have met Bill a few times and it is true to his nature.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am looking for more books on the Bonanno family, by the family.


    Any additional comments?

    This book really gives you the inside of a secret society and the need for it centuries ago.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nurture Learners and Able Observers 03-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Master story teller!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bound by Honor to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Bonanno – was your favorite?

    I have listened to several hundred audio books in the last few years. I think this is the best narration I ever heard. Great voice, really delivers a beautiful story. Describes characters by their actions, which is a rare talent but makes the characters more real and understandable. After I was finished listening the first time, I listened again a second time. I just didn't want to put the book down!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't think it would need a tag line.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this is only volume one of twenty five.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Myerstown, PA, United States 02-15-13
    Robin Myerstown, PA, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great view from inside the Family!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bound by Honor the most enjoyable?

    The story was very interesting. The fact that the story was written and read by the Son made listening even more enjoyable!


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    After years of hearing various accounts of the "mob's" help in getting President Kennedy elected, it was facinating to hear Mr. Bonanno's account of that issue.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Bonanno's inside view of the Mafia is quite different from what you read or have read in press accounts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Don Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-19-11
    Don Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-19-11
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    "Excellent"

    I have read many books and have seen many movies about the history of the Mafia. This book not only answered many questions but revealed a true insight on the structure and history of the Mafia.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • John
    Crook, United Kingdom
    5/31/11
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    "Fantastic!!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a fascinating insight into the old world of the mafia. I'm just blown away that the answer to the Kennedy assassinations is in this book and yet still people are debating the conspiracy theories. I just couldn't put my ipod down and spent a whole day listening to this from the beginning to the end. Without a doubt this is one of the best audio books that I've listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    PontyclunUnited Kingdom
    10/20/10
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    "Not quite what I was expecting"

    I have read another book by Bill Bonanno (The Good Guys) and was very impressed by the humerous accounts of life in the Italian American Mafia as well as the NY Police, however I found this latest read a little more slow paced. I will give it 3 stars as there were some interesting tales of some well known Mafia stories that I felt added some authenticity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    4/1/08
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    "illuminating and interesting"

    This book rings true and is well considered and well presented. Anyone interested in the Mafia will, I think, find this book interesting and illuminating. It gives an historic overview of the mob from its beginning to its fairly recent demise in America at least, as well as giving the author's own story within the mob. It also gives a convincing explanation of the mob's part in the rise of President John Kennedy and in his assasination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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