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The Ice Man Audiobook

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

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Publisher's Summary

Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

Kuklinski was Sammy "The Bull" Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano at Spark's Steakhouse. John Gotti hired him to kill the neighbor who accidentally ran over his child. For an additional price, he would make victims suffer; he conducted this sadistic business with cold-hearted intensity, never disappointing his customers. By his own estimate, he killed over 200 men, taking enormous pride in his variety and ferocity of technique.

Kuklinski's story, once known, captivated the public and became the subject of three HBO documentaries about which the New York Times raved, "Few viewers are ever likely to forget this thoroughly chilling portrait. As for possible movie competition, it would work on the level of The Silence of the Lambs."

©2006 Philip Carlo; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Good as an omnibus resource on Kuklinski, this is a fine entry in the burgeoning field of works tracing the decline of the traditional organized crime families and their once impenetrable structures." (Booklist)

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    Steve Eagan, MN, United States 06-09-08
    Steve Eagan, MN, United States 06-09-08 Member Since 2012
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    "A great listen"

    I had not heard of the Ice Man prior to listening to this book but I was quickly drawn into his world through a very blunt and honest writing. It's always fascinating to peer inside the mind of a professional killer to see what makes them tick. My only complaint is the writer tends to throw a lot of adjectives at the reader to overstate the "Superhuman" strength of the Ice Man and his fear factor. The narrator also exaggerated the impact of those comments and it took away from my desire to believe everything I was hearing. I still recommend it though, a great read.

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    Linda Kirksville, MO, USA 01-27-08
    Linda Kirksville, MO, USA 01-27-08
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    "Great Read!"

    I listened to this while training for my last marathon - made the miles fly by! Although, I did have to stop every once in a while because something I heard stopped me in my tracks...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph plantation, FL, United States 11-28-07
    Joseph plantation, FL, United States 11-28-07

    love books,reading and audio..do yourself a favor and listen or read one ...it DOES make you smarter

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    "truly fascinating story"

    I was truly shocked ,moved and terrified by this story, my family had ties to not only his hometown ( Dumont NJ ) but also where he would meet for his "assignments" at the west side of the Tappan Zee bridge--that town was Nyack--where my cousins and grandparents lived..I mean I know there was no real danger for us--but the fact that this man was literally in our midst geographically really made the story come alive for me--a real insight into the callous unfeeling and sometimes downright silly logic of some of the mafia's movers and shakers.A TRUE sociopath and monster was Kuklinsky--a great story and revealing look at the twisted mind of a "for hire" serial killer.

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    David 10-08-07
    David 10-08-07
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    "Great Listen"

    This book was a great listen and a very scary story. You'll be watching your back for awhile after listening to this one. The book details the life and making of an extremely scary serial killer from childhood.

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    Diane Ormond Beach, FL, USA 06-11-07
    Diane Ormond Beach, FL, USA 06-11-07
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    "Fantastic"

    Ive seen the Iceman on HBO but to hear the story in its entirety was utterly fasinating

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    kent armeson 04-01-07
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    "Excellent"

    Narration top notch! The storyline is excellent. Do not be put off by language later in the book, it is necessary to the account. Don't miss this one, Best since Shadow Divers for holding your attention.

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    L. Neitzel 12-11-06
    L. Neitzel 12-11-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Can't Finish"

    Although morbidly interesting, I'm unable to continue listening to this book. Every chapter is virtually identical: man beats wife, man gets contract to kill, man kills... there's really no variation or surprise to the story & i've gotten to the point at which i don't really care what happens in the end.

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    Rose Mora, MN, USA 04-06-10
    Rose Mora, MN, USA 04-06-10
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    "The Ice Man"

    Not believable. I usually enjoy true crime books but this book sounds made up and not very well. I feel like the charactors are stereotypes of Mafia or "bad guys". Even the wife sounds like she is making up the abusive courtship and marriage to the main charactor. If I am wrong about the abuse I apologize but just didn't sound believable. I felt like I was listening to a very bad Mickey Spillane novel.

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    Donna Missoula, MT, United States 03-26-08
    Donna Missoula, MT, United States 03-26-08
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    "Could have been better"

    A real life horror story that could have been written better as the author is repetative and the narrator reads the story as if he is reading instructions.

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    Steven 04-05-11
    Steven 04-05-11
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    "Looking into the Killer Mind"

    Great book (I have listened to the whole book twice). Learn how a killers mind works.
    Philip Carlo vividly tells the story of how the Ice Man killed people in various ways.
    Carlo does a good job showing the personalities of the killers family

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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