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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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    Barbara Buzzards Bay, MA, United States 08-28-09
    Barbara Buzzards Bay, MA, United States 08-28-09
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    "Brilliant and horrifying portrait of a sociopath"

    This book frightened,appalled and further demonstrated to me that not all violent offenders can be helped. As a man completely devoid of conscience Kuklinski was free to do anything he wanted to anyone, and he did. It might seem that he had a "soft" side for his children, but descriptions of their escape suitcases and Dwayne's hidden weapons does not support that idea. There is a lot of repitition in the text, but I feel it does drive home the point that violent psychopathy does exist in humanity and that we should be aware of it. There are more Kuklinskis out there and this book and all it horrible,graphic detail should be a MUST READ for everyone.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K. Mckenna 10-09-08
    K. Mckenna 10-09-08 Listener Since 2001

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    "The most disturbing book I have ever read"

    This audiobook is very, very graphic. It's a story that, as a father, I found to be so brutal that I may not ever listen to it again.
    I shakes me deeply that a person like Richard Kuklinski ever walked this earth. His story is filled with such violence from the moment he entered this world that it was probably his destiny to be a merciless butcher.
    The book is well written and narrated but you have been warned, it is utterly bleak and as close as you may ever want to come to staring in the face of souless killer.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-04-07 Member Since 2009
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    "Great!!"

    If you love nonfiction books about real life
    criminals, then this book is a great read. I
    couldn't stop listening. The narrator made it
    seem like you were right in the criminal's mind.
    It's hard to believe how this guy got away with
    so much before he was caught.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Boise, ID, USA 10-13-06
    Randy Boise, ID, USA 10-13-06
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    "Intriguing"

    I found this book intriguing. Certainly, the subject may have stretched the facts of some stories, but I found it believable. It was interesting seeing life through the eyes of someone on the other side of the average American experience. Be aware, the language is strong, but not constant. I have only found a couple of places in the book that were slow for a short period. I highly recommend this book unless you are easily "grossed out".

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn 04-11-11
    Lynn 04-11-11
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    "Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski"

    In this volume, Philip Carol tells us more about Richard Kuklinski - a serial killer for the mob. This is a very entertaining book and, perhaps, will engage individuals tangentially interested in "true crime." After the first few chapters, Carlo's reporting became somewhat repetitive. How many times can he describe Kuklinkski's alledged mistreatment of his wife for example? How often can he tell the reader that Kuklinski was jealous of his son? I hoped for more insight into how a mob hit man thinks. On the other hand, this was a listen that reallly makes a long drive pass more quickly. There are surprises on every page. The narration of Micahel Prichard is excellent. If you are looking for insight, you might be disappointed. If you are interested in being entertained, this audio book just might do it for you.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Troy, MI, United States 05-11-13
    Robert Troy, MI, United States 05-11-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Unenthused narrator breaths loudly"
    What disappointed you about The Ice Man?

    The narrator has the enthusiasm and interest of a person reading tax code. He almost wheezes in between long sentences.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I am fascinated by Kuklinski. Normally I would hang on every word but this book is so poorly read I couldn't wait for it to be over.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Prichard?

    Anyone would be an upgrade.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Ice Man?

    I don't think the problem is with the book, I just think it was poorly read.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    heather Pleasantville 09-15-12
    heather Pleasantville 09-15-12

    Ask me no questions I will tell you no lies❤️

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    "Not for the faint of heart"
    If you could sum up The Ice Man in three words, what would they be?

    Psychopaths are complicated


    Would you recommend The Ice Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably would not recommend this book without disclaimers of the disturbing details in the book. I had to skip through whole sections that were too graphic to listen to.


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job of voice changes for different characters.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That society creates these monsters who live amongst us and can blend in to the framework of family, church, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a bit hard to follow at times but overall very well done.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 11-05-11
    Dean 11-05-11 Member Since 2015

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    "How can a story about a hit man be so very boring?"

    Too long, too boring, and too self-serving. It had its moments but I couldn't even make it to the second part.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Sarasota, United States Minor Outlying Islands 06-06-10
    Kimberly Sarasota, United States Minor Outlying Islands 06-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Disturbing"

    This book was a little difficult to listen to. Not because of the writing or the narrator but because of the actions of the "Ice Man". I listened to this book almost a year ago and I still can not get parts of it out of my mind. This book is definatley not for children in my opinion. This book is not for the soft hearted either.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jodi.riedel NILES, OH, United States 07-15-13
    jodi.riedel NILES, OH, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Educator in Trumbull County,Ohio

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    "Way too much . . ."
    Would you try another book from Philip Carlo and/or Michael Prichard?

    After the first few hours . . . it became all the same. Certainly did not warrant 19 hours.


    Has The Ice Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Yawn


    Any additional comments?

    Can't imagine why this was HBO material. The gore he described could not have been easy to hear on national TV

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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