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Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy

Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, and Me!

Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy “the Bull” Gravano, once one of the mafia's most feared hit men. With 19 confessed murders, the former Gambino Crime Family underboss - and John Gotti’s right-hand man - is the highest ranking gangster ever to turn State’s evidence and testify against members of his high-profile crime family. But to Karen, Sammy Gravano was a sometimes elusive but always loving father figure. He was ever-present at the head of the dinner table.
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Publisher's Summary

From Karen Gravano, a star of the hit VH1 reality show Mob Wives, comes a revealing memoir of a mafia childhood, where love and family come hand-in-hand with murder and betrayal.

Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy “the Bull” Gravano, once one of the mafia's most feared hit men. With 19 confessed murders, the former Gambino Crime Family underboss - and John Gotti’s right-hand man - is the highest ranking gangster ever to turn State’s evidence and testify against members of his high-profile crime family. But to Karen, Sammy Gravano was a sometimes elusive but always loving father figure. He was ever-present at the head of the dinner table. He made a living running a construction firm and several nightclubs. He stayed out late, and sometimes he didn’t come home at all. He hosted “secret” meetings at their house, and had countless whispered conversations with “business associates.” By the age of twelve, Karen knew he was a gangster. And as she grew up, while her peers worried about clothes and schoolwork, she was coming face-to-face with crime and murder. Gravano was 19 years old when her father turned his back on the mob and cooperated with the Feds. The fabric of her family was ripped apart, and they were instantly rejected by the communities they grew up in.This is the story of a daughter’s struggle to reconcile the image of her loving father with that of a murdering Mafioso, and how, in healing the rift between the two, she was able to forge a new life.

©2012 Karen Gravano with Lisa Pulitzer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Dawn 01-03-15
    Dawn 01-03-15
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    "Feels like its lacking"
    What disappointed you about Mob Daughter?

    There really wasn't much of a story line


    What was most disappointing about Karen Gravano and Lisa Pulitzer ’s story?

    You could tell that there are things that she just is either unwilling to tell or unable to tell and it shows in the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Gravano’s performances?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mob Daughter?

    I wouldn't have cut I would have added.


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    Mindy Middletown, OH, United States 12-11-13
    Mindy Middletown, OH, United States 12-11-13
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    "Good story but,Karen reads like a second grader!!"
    Would you try another book from Karen Gravano and Lisa Pulitzer and/or Karen Gravano?

    I would never purchase another book read by Karen Gravano.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part was the peek into the Mafia life from the pov of the children. This book also jumps a lot from thought to thought. Sometimes a little confusing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Gravano’s performances?

    NEVER!! She reads like a second grader, I really couldn't believe how bad of a reader she is!


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

    I believe that it would've been better if it were read by someone else, the story is there but, she makes it hard to get into it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Magdalena Antioch, CA, United States 03-31-13
    Magdalena Antioch, CA, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing!"
    Where does Mob Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    5


    What other book might you compare Mob Daughter to and why?

    I can't remember the book, it's in my library but it's the story of a mafia's wife. loved that book too.


    What about Karen Gravano’s performance did you like?

    Her honesty throughout the book, expressing the pain she felt when her dad went to prison the second time and still there. I feel for her brother and most of all, for her innocent mother.


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

    Yes, that part when her father went to prison the second time and she feels guilty about it. The whole book is amazing and moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, i felt sad seeing how she had to endure, experience and live that life. I know it made her stronger and she's out of it, but going through it was totally hard! She is in my prayers and would love to get to know her someday. She is an amazing daughter, mother, sister and human being.

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    karen 10-24-12
    karen 10-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "couldn't wait to hear this"
    If you could sum up Mob Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, compelling,


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was interesting learn what it was like growing up in "the lifestyle"


    Any additional comments?

    Although I enjoyed the book, it was difficult at times to listen to Karen Gravano's monotone reading. I would consider reading another book by her

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    Francine Sea Bright, NJ, United States 07-06-12
    Francine Sea Bright, NJ, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible narration"
    If you could sum up Mob Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoying the story, but it should have been read by a professional. The reading reminded of a schoolchild, choppy and poorly narrated.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karen Gravano?

    Seriously anyone but her


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


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    pasquale COEUR D ALENE, ID, United States 06-07-12
    pasquale COEUR D ALENE, ID, United States 06-07-12
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    "Karen your the best........."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mob Daughter to be better than the print version?

    Its like Karen is just telling it the way it is.. Pulling no punches... THE RAMPERS the boys..I always wished they would let me in... Due to a little coke think it was no go......Karen Good Luck..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toddo A


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    Gayle 05-21-12
    Gayle 05-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "keeps you listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Mob Daughter the most enjoyable?

    Very interesting and also gives you a great perspective of what its like from being raised in that lifestyle. You have to admire her for being successful after all that happened to her.


    What other book might you compare Mob Daughter to and why?

    Haven't read anything else like it.


    What three words best describe Karen Gravano’s voice?

    A little robotic


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

    Mob Daughter survivors


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and heartfelt just needs work on her narration.

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    Kent Sadar Florida United States 05-21-12
    Kent Sadar Florida United States 05-21-12
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    "Great for the Mob Wives Fan"
    What made the experience of listening to Mob Daughter the most enjoyable?

    I love that Karen Gravano herself was the narrater.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed that she was able to incorporate some of the people from mob wives. Her life story is very interesting. Can't believe she went through all that with her dad.


    What aspect of Karen Gravano’s performance would you have changed?

    She was somewhat monotone. She needed to have some more animation in her tone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Patterson, NY, United States 05-01-12
    Joy Patterson, NY, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "FAMILY YA CAN'T LIVE WIT EM OR WIT OUT EM"
    What made the experience of listening to Mob Daughter the most enjoyable?

    EXCELLENT!! DIDN'T WANT TO PUT IT DOWN!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mob Daughter?

    When her dad decided to flip. They were all so brave.


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

    She brings feeling to it'


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

    Some parts were funny & some were sad.


    Any additional comments?

    From watching the show and reading the book Karen has heart under her anger. I think you should make up with Drita. Ramona too.Life is too short to be fighting so much.

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    Shelly MANASSAS, VA, United States 04-23-12
    Shelly MANASSAS, VA, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing-Thrilling-Heartfelt"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mob Daughter to be better than the print version?

    Yes, you get to hear her story told in her words.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mob Daughter?

    Hearing her father tell her family he was rolling over and was worried about them. Sammy is a wonderful loving father, you can tell that just by how Karen wrote her book.


    Have you listened to any of Karen Gravano’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Karen! everything she does is wonderful to me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! I played it while driving in my hour and a half commute and I didnt want to get out of the car! LOL so I put on ear plugs and came in the house grabbed a cup of coffee and listened away!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful story of a daughter and her family, their trials and tribulations. It shows a warm caring family who in the end only have each other! Thats what true family is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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