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Gaspipe Audiobook
Gaspipe
Written by: 
Philip Carlo
Narrated by: 
Alan Sklar
Gaspipe Audiobook

Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss

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Publisher's Summary

Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the boss of New York's Lucchese crime family, was a Mafia superstar, responsible for more than 50 murders. Currently serving 13 life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado, Casso has given journalist and New York Times best-selling author Philip Carlo the most intimate, personal look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen. By pure happenstance, Casso had lived next door to the family of young Philip Carlo, who was able to get into the mind, heart, and soul of one of the most cunning, ruthless mob bosses in the annals of crime history. In Gaspipe, Casso reveals the shocking details behind headline-making crimes and crime figures, such as:

  • The mob's decision that John Gotti had to be taken out after whacking Big Paul Castellano without approval - and how Casso got the order to hit Gotti
  • A fly-on-the-wall view of the Mafia commission sit-down at which John Gotti was made capo di tutti capi, the boss of all bosses
  • The insidious relationship between La Cosa Nostra and the Russian Mafia, and how the Lucchese family murdered the most-feared assassin in the Russian mob
  • Details of secret sit-downs with mob bosses Vincent "The Chin" Gigante and John Gotti, and the notorious Sammy "The Bull" Gravano
  • How Gravano made fools of the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI
  • The real story of the Mafia Cops and the revelations of other law enforcement personnel on Casso's payroll
  • How the Mafia managed to get a tight stranglehold on most unions in America
  • The truth behind the Mafia's real role in bringing huge amounts of narcotics into the United States
  • How federal prison officials were bought and sold by the Mafia
  • The intimate details of the women behind the Mafiosi
  • The truth behind the assassinations of JFK and RFK
  • Who killed Jimmy Hoffa, and where his body is

    ©2008 Philip Carlo; (P)2008 Tantor

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      Rodney 05-03-13
      Rodney 05-03-13 Member Since 2015
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      "Not a very good book"

      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.

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      Nurture Learners and Able Observers 08-12-12 Member Since 2015
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      "A COMEDY"

      This is a story about a group / culture that got the idea they would live happily every after, running all over dead bodies, stealing, lying, killing, torturing and setting others up for loss pain and misery. Then they all turned on one another and gobbled each other up. That includes the U.S. Government.

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      Jayson Olson Rancho Santa Margarita, ca, United States 08-07-12
      Jayson Olson Rancho Santa Margarita, ca, United States 08-07-12
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      "Enthralling behind the scenes look at LCN"

      Wow. Just wow.

      I literally couldn't get enough of this, and this biography has intrigued me enough to look at other true crime books in the same vein or genre.

      This audio feature follows the course of Anthony "Gaspipe" Carlo from a man in his early 20's through all the ups and downs that come with the territory of being a 'Made Man' to Underboss, to Family Head before everything comes crashing down.

      I don't understand some of the other reviews that beleive the author is boased to make Gaspipe a 'hero', lack of enthusiasm, fails objectivity. I have no idea what book they were listening to at all. I thought this book was very fair in portraying Gaspipe, both as a hardened, cold killer and a man who loved his wife, kids, and family.

      I wouldn't expect anything less about LCN and the mafioso lifestyle. There is going to be decadence, respect, a code of honor among thieves....and then there is their eventual downfall. The stories, history, and different threads through various points in his life are all addressed: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Caso doesn't get off scott-free at all. The man who caused so much pain for the 'business', end up receiving just as much, and doesn't glorify him at all. If anything, the book points out how corrupt law enforcement is as well..from local cops, to judges, to FBI agents and then lets us on a dirty little secret - The government doesn't honor its word either.

      If anything, for as bad as Gaspipe and his cronies and partners were (and they were bad men, no question) the failure and shortcoming of our law enforcement agencies (read: politics) make "legal" men just as ugly and disapointing as one would expect, but like to think differently. It all comes down to money and power.

      The schemes, the "hits", the "contracts", and the reasonings behind their decsions all make sense, if you are indeed a twisted individual. These gangsters played chess with human pieces. It's sad....but real, and in full detail. I would love to see this turned into a Biography show, or mini-series.

      The narrator Alan Sklar does a wonderful job, and the post script, epilogue and "where are they now?" section at the end is fascinating, and no one looks like a hero. In teh end...tragedy all around.

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      Mike United States 06-28-12
      Mike United States 06-28-12

      Like to read about Orginized Crime, I like to familiarize myself with all topics related to O.C.. As far back as I can remember I always loved it.

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      "Gaspipe-"
      Would you consider the audio edition of Gaspipe to be better than the print version?

      Yes I do.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      The Author and Gaspipe.


      What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

      Didn't hold anything back, voice was great. Tone was used the same throughout the story which is great.


      Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

      Alot of moments. Top 3 are as followed...

      Death of Lillian, Gaspipe turning, Gotti & Sammy The Bull started the fuse to the end of the good life.


      Any additional comments?

      Excellent book a must read for any interest in Mafia. Start to finish could not place the book down. I will make on comment. I believe Gotti and his decision to take out a Boss should have left him dead. I truly believe that him and that idiot the Bull ruined the whole LCN. The Gaspipe followed suit. Gotti wasn't a boss he was a Las Vegas act. Why didn't he end up in a ditch? Blows my mind...Gaspipe was a hero in LCN of course I'm upset with his desception but it was a regular way out by that time. I believe everything that was said in this book.

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      George carrollton, TX, United States 06-18-12
      George carrollton, TX, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2015
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      "Really great book"
      If you could sum up Gaspipe in three words, what would they be?

      engrossing, compelling, unsetdownable


      What other book might you compare Gaspipe to and why?

      The First Family by Mike Dash....
      Same "personal" connection for me.


      What does Alan Sklar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

      I'd probably remember more (as usual) if I'd read it, but it wouldn't be nearly as entertaining....Skylar is a talented reader.


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

      What else, "Gaspipe".


      Any additional comments?

      No book has ever caused me to look into the locations of everything from resturants to "Social Clubs", to infamous "hits", as this book has. I'd highly reccomend using Google maps to view the present day locations of places mentioned in this book, mostly the Dyker Heights area of Brooklyn....mostly between 14th Av & 16th Av on 86th St., Brooklyn.

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      shaheed lorain, OH, United States 10-25-10
      shaheed lorain, OH, United States 10-25-10 Member Since 2012
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      "Great book"

      Be patient this book starts slow. Once your past his youth it really heats up!

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      M Dover, DE, United States 09-22-10
      M Dover, DE, United States 09-22-10
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      "Informative, Interesting"

      Not on a par with "I Heard You Paint Houses" but quite another inside story that will hold your attention, your ear and your imagination! It all started so honorably and is made, quite clear, how "this thing of ours" devolved into chaos and treachory. Well read by Alan Sklar too!!

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      doug orlando, FL, United States 08-07-10
      doug orlando, FL, United States 08-07-10
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      "Great Book about mob"

      Very good never realized how powerful Gaspipe was. Casso was the real godfather. Loved this book.

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      Amazon Customer Tucker, GA, United States 03-08-12
      Amazon Customer Tucker, GA, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2011
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      "Sympathy for a Psychopath?"
      This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

      a delusional mafia wanna be


      Would you ever listen to anything by Philip Carlo again?

      probably not - elementary metaphors in too much abundance in weird palces


      What three words best describe Alan Sklar’s voice?

      suitable


      You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

      nothing I could not get from Wikipedia


      Any additional comments?

      in addition to the sick perspective, the inclusion of complete testimony when a paraphrase would have provided the same value reminded me of my attempts to use as many words as possible in the 5th grade. It was a major waste of time; not because of the subject, but the way it was handled.

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      Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-19-09
      Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-19-09 Member Since 2015

      Avid audiobook addict!

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      "Interesting!"

      Great historical explanation of the mob's decline. Fascinating--if you're a mob fan. Don't bother if you're not--this isn't literature.

      1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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