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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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    Amber United States 03-12-12
    Amber United States 03-12-12
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    "BORING"
    What did you like best about Mob Daughter? What did you like least?

    The whole book was boring...poorly written.


    What didn’t you like about Karen Gravano’s performance?

    Her voice was so monotone...no expressions, no enthusiasm, just blah! It made the boring book even more boring! I couldn't even finish it.


    Was Mob Daughter worth the listening time?

    NO


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley WICHITA, KS, United States 02-18-12
    Bradley WICHITA, KS, United States 02-18-12
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    "More of a Sammy "The Bull" biography"
    What did you love best about Mob Daughter?

    I loved the way she wrote about her father/daughter relationship with Sammy. The love and respect they have towards each other is amazing.


    What didn’t you like about Karen Gravano’s performance?

    She had no emotion in her voice throughout the story and she seemed to stumble on her words.


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

    Even though Sammy did a lot of horrible things, I still felt sympathy for him. I know that seems strange but maybe it's because the story is obviously bias. If there was a story from a victim's family perspective, I probably would hate him.


    Any additional comments?

    Do I feel like I wasted a credit? No. The majority of the book is about Sammy. He is a very interesting person to read about, only I wish Karen would have shared more of her own personal experiences. Whenever she did they came off as afterthoughts.

    The middle of the book is almost a repeat of the first half, but the pace picks up towards the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Arnold Merritt Island, FL United States 09-22-12
    Stacey Arnold Merritt Island, FL United States 09-22-12
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    "Interesting story but she is a terrible narrator!!"

    While I don't doubt the validity of the story itself, I don't think Karen wrote it at all. the narration sounds like she is reading it for the first time. Her style of reading is choppy and detracts from the flow of the story. It is clear she is not reading using punctuation with odd pauses where there aren't periods and breathless periods of would-be run ons. The story is interesting but I wish I had skipped this one in audio format and just read the book. Usually I find autobiographies better when the writer reads them aloud, but that is certainly not the case with this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erin United States 07-02-12
    Erin United States 07-02-12
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    "Not very interesting.."
    Would you try another book from Karen Gravano and Lisa Pulitzer and/or Karen Gravano?

    I am a big fan of Mon Wives, I guess that may be the only reason I tried this book. I do like Karin G, I just found her story a little boring. Maybe I expected something more "Soprano" like.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Karen Gravano and Lisa Pulitzer ? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Could you see Mob Daughter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe.
    Drita-kidding, not sure.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2005
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Philo, Il, United States 03-23-13
    Deborah Philo, Il, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2012

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    "It was ok. It could have been more substantive."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mob Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I liked the audio version better than the book.


    Which character – as performed by Karen Gravano – was your favorite?

    Sammy the Bull


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

    The life of a Mob daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a decent book. I felt it could have contained more subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah Heidelberg Heights, Australia 11-09-12
    Hannah Heidelberg Heights, Australia 11-09-12
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    "Please don't waste your money."
    What would have made Mob Daughter better?

    If somebody else had read this book without the ridiculous mispronunciations and poor phrasing this could've passed as a decent audiobook. This woman can barely read let alone put on a good performance.


    What could Karen Gravano and Lisa Pulitzer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book is very self-indulgent. At one point I found myself incredulous over her saying that somebody was prejudiced against gangsters. I could have accepted this story if you were even slightly remorseful of her fathers work life.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    If I have to hear the word fustrated again I'll be very fustrated.


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

    Most of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I had high hopes that this would be great. It was so disjointed and self serving it was actually anger inducing. Someone's obviously recently taught her the word "livid" and it's quite apt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    karen San Jose, CA, United States 10-24-12
    karen San Jose, CA, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2010
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Francine Sea Bright, NJ, United States 07-06-12
    Francine Sea Bright, NJ, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2008
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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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  • Lynne
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    5/28/12
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    "Not Sure!"

    I had wanted to listen to this book after becoming a fan of Mob Wives (TV Series) and was looking forward to understanding what is was like growing up as a 'Mafia Princess.' But all I got was another story of how hard it can be growing up with a father how had his own way of running the family, how Karen then did what most teenagers do and went against her father whom she adored, and I am sorry to say but blah blah blah. A story that is as old as time, but I was hoping for something new.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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