©2008 Philip Carlo; (P)2008 Tantor
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes I do.
The Author and Gaspipe.
Didn't hold anything back, voice was great. Tone was used the same throughout the story which is great.
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.
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.
engrossing, compelling, unsetdownable
The First Family by Mike Dash....
Same "personal" connection for me.
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.
What else, "Gaspipe".
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.
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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