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I Heard You Paint Houses Audiobook
I Heard You Paint Houses
Written by: 
Charles Brandt
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick
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I Heard You Paint Houses Audiobook

I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa

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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be the major motion picture The Irishman starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, directed by Martin Scorsese.

"I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors.

In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa. Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually he would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures.

When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, he did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Sheeran's important and fascinating story includes new information on other famous murders, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that is destined to become a true crime classic.

©2005 Charles Brandt; (P)2008 Random House Audio

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    Christopher Fazzi 05-01-16
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    "The True Story of What Happened to Jimmy Hoffa"
    Where does I Heard You Paint Houses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It would be number one. This is a riveting tale of Frank Sheeran's life, how he became a hit man for the Mob, a leader in the Teamsters Union, and Jimmy Hoffa's murderer. Every moment is an astonishing revelation of what occurred between the Mob, the Kennedy's, Castro, Nixon and Jimmy Hoffa. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for the answers to so many questions about the events of the 50's, 60's and early 70's.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a true inside account of what it was like to slowly become indoctrinated into the Mob and rise to power on a national level. Also, what it was like being present at some of the most historic events of the mid 20th century. Sheeran created one event by being the trigger man in the Hoffa murder.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing can match the account of how Hoffa was killed. Not only do we see the evil mechanics of such a high profile murder, we also can taste the emotion of the moment, and what a hit man thinks while going through such an action.


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

    It is sad not only how he was abused by his father, but how he looses his own family twice.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't pass this up if you have any interest in the Mafia, Nixon's crimes, JFK's murder, Bobby Kennedy, and the revolution in Cuba.

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    Audio Diva 04-29-16
    Audio Diva 04-29-16 Member Since 2014

    As an author myself, dyslexic, and ADD, I need something that grabs me. Non-fiction on things of interest to me, educates, & titillates.

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    "This is the real deal!"
    What did you love best about I Heard You Paint Houses?

    The story will blow your mind..from beginning to end.
    By the end of this book you will agree that this is the real truth
    of how Hoffa disappeared.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The intensity of the story. And the validation of what really happened.


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

    The solving of 2 murders and who did them.


    Any additional comments?

    The author validated everything told to him. There should be no more questions as to how Hoffa was killed and disposed of. The beginnings of Sheeran's life are interesting and make you like the guy. I couldn't help but like the guy.

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    N. Price 10-12-15
    N. Price 10-12-15
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    "Not Bad...If Charles Brandt doesn't say so himself"

    Pretty great material in this book. Scott Brick does (as usual) a great job narrating. Brandt did a really great job in his research, although seems to be a little sympathetic (probably due to his personal relationship with the subject) towards the end. This person was an obvious monster in Life (regardless of how the subject wants to try to prop himself up by measuring himself against his own version of morality). The only thing I could have done less with, was with how I perceived Brandt praising his own book. Try playing the game of counting the number of times he brings up the title "I Hear you Paint Houses" throughout the book; or how he cites other people talking about how he single handedly solved the Hoffa case and you get frustrated quickly. It was a good book on it's own, it didn't need the author to sell you on that fact.

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    Amazon Customer 10-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story"

    good story not sure you can believe everything in the book. have to remember criminals are good at making up stories. I find out plausible he was the killer. just not sure about all the other stories inn the book.

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    Edward Smith 09-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "READ IT"

    One of the best books I've ever read. It literally rewrites major events of the 20th century and give you a really good insight to the mob.

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    J. Fox Janesville, WI United States 08-26-15
    J. Fox Janesville, WI United States 08-26-15
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    "Great story, excellent narration."

    A strong case made for resolution of the Hoffa disappearance. Very interesting story; narration simply excellent.

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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 02-01-15
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 02-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Heard You Paint Houses to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frank for sure. He was an incredible man in many ways.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He was such a pleasure to listen to and did a great job with all characters.


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

    So many, but when he talks about liberating Dachau and the affect it had on him was one of my favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never been too interested in Hoffa, but thought this sounded good. It is terrific! It's about so much more than Hoffa. It's the life story of a fascinating man.

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    Chris Sydney 01-06-15
    Chris Sydney 01-06-15 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

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    "Hoffa case finally solved"

    Loved this book, it's a definite one session listen from start to finish .
    Can't wait to see what Martin Scorsese does with the book.

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    bruce Hobart, Indiana, United States 06-12-13
    bruce Hobart, Indiana, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "the proof is in the pudding"
    Would you listen to I Heard You Paint Houses again? Why?

    already have


    What did you like best about this story?

    the whole damned thing.


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

    his voice, im lazy


    If you could give I Heard You Paint Houses a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A new ending to an old story


    Any additional comments?

    even if your not a fan of Hoffa this book is a trip back to a diff time, it sheds light on so many other event in our past ( JFK ).......maybe?

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    Tulain Ketchum, ID, United States 04-28-13
    Tulain Ketchum, ID, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant - Brave peice of writing ..."
    What did you love best about I Heard You Paint Houses?

    This is an incredibly relevent illuminating peice of history that in the end - asks so many more questions that it answers. I look forward to the film which great anticipation but think perhaps to do the material justice, this could only be done in a trilogy - or perhaps a historical series for PBS. Just a terriffic book ... reads like fiction.


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