Joe Ferraro is the son of a mobster growing up in Brooklyn. After the death of his father, he moves to Long Island to pursue a successful career in politics. He’s riding high on his charisma and charm until the political pressure causes him to struggle with alcohol. Torn between his creative talents and the demons he inherited from his family, his roots are hard to ignore. Joe walks away from his house, his job, and his wife. Estranged from his family for five years, one day he writes to his oldest daughter and includes a poem that triggers her curiosity. Joe agrees to tell her his story and it changes how she feels about him.
Based on a true story, Gemini Joe, Son of a Mobster follows the life of a New York family through four generations.
©2012 Janet Sierzant (P)2014 Janet Sierzant
Absolutely... The print version was good but with the audio, it was like listening to a radio play... the way our parents and grandparents used to do on Sunday nights. I didn't think it would happen but I'm becoming addicted to audiobooks. I'm going to buy a little pillow speaker.
It's based on a TRUE story. These folks really existed... and I think I know who the real life character was, because I grew up in New York and on Long Island right around that time. It's a whole different feeling when you know the story is true. Someone actually lived this!
I loved listening to the way he did "Eating Trees" where he reminded me a lot of a Joe Pesci type, but in this one the Italian/Brooklyn voices are spot on! Sounded a lot like my old man used to sound.
I'd leave it as is... It has a tag line!
An entertaining read/listen for the most part... but a tragic story within when you think of how many families are devastated by the same circumstances. I know too many families that were torn apart by the same things... money... alcohol... gambling... infidelity... Parts of this book are genuinely painful.
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