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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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    Gotce Peev Phila, PA United States 02-14-17
    Gotce Peev Phila, PA United States 02-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Should be required reading for all Philadelphians"
    Would you listen to I Heard You Paint Houses again? Why?

    I'm sure I missed lots of gems on the first pass. Another go would help connect dots that were giving as hints in preceding chapters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Heard You Paint Houses?

    Most wouldn't believe the influence that once came from Philadelphia (& maybe still does). There are so many memorable moments - the ones that stand out are the references to JFK, the eye witness accounts/interviews conducted by the author and the followup the author did to substantiate the Irishman's accounts. Killing a friend is a chilling thought!


    Any additional comments?

    Just learning about the title of the book is worth the read.

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    Stephen L. Pierantozzi 01-16-17
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    "Very exciting."

    I only started this book because I heard it was going to be a movie and that Robert De Niro was going to be playing a role in it. If the content of this story is true and can be confirmed by the FBI then this story could be argued to be the greatest American crime story in American history. I didn't like the title of the book but upon reading the book I wouldn't have it any other way and it makes perfect sense.

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    Craig J.D. Wetmore 11-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    The story is amazing, it sucks you in and keeps you wanting more. If you enjoy anything Mafia, this book should absolutely be on your list of reads...sssssooooooo good.

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    wvfrog22 11-21-16
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    "Great book! Can't wait for the movie!"

    I really enjoyed this story and hearing the true account of the Hoffa mystery. I love mob stories and this was no exception.

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    Jimmy Shelton 11-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    I had some doubts about half way through because of other accounts of the story's I read from other sources. But in the end, there is no doubt that this was the man that killed Hoffa.

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    alex wekow california, usa 10-10-16
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    This was a well done book. Well narrated and well written. I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in Mafia and organized crime. I love Brandt's research and his epilogue was great.

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    SoozyQue sandy valley, NV, United States 09-30-16
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    "Have to listen to it again."
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Heard You Paint Houses to be better than the print version?

    The performance is great, I can't image just reading the book when the narration was so go.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Now we know where Hoffa went....


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time listening to Scott Brick but it won't be the last, hunting up books he's narrated.


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

    Find out what really happened to Hoffa....


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    anthonyeargento 09-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    riveting from the beginning to the end,i never got tired of listening,this was very interesting since I am a Teamster

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    "I was sorry the story was over!"

    This is a real page turner and the man that read the book was amazing he really added to the story making it feel like you were in it and not just listening to our reading it I highly recommend this book!

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    "Really enjoyable and historic account"

    Very detailed and yet still entertaining storytelling. Amazing insight into a strange time and some very strange and mean people.

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    "His involvement is dubious it now seems"

    Despite perhaps a few 'stretcher's' it's
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