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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

"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.
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"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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    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 2014
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    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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    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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    AARON SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 02-11-13
    AARON SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow"

    Simply incredible story. I learned about it by reading that Martin Scorsese is filming this story and is calling it "The Irishman." This is one of the most interesting stories I've heard in a long time.

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    Tracy M. Riverview, FL USA 08-20-12
    Tracy M. Riverview, FL USA 08-20-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Believable true crime if a little gratuitous"
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    I can say I believe I know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa now, so this book hits its mark. Scott Brick does a nice job of delivering the flavor of organized crime in America. If you keep in mind this book is told from the perspective of one man and isn't meant to be unbiased commentary on the merits of Jimmy Hoffa and the Labor Movement in America, you'll find this an interesting and disturbing account of the American underbelly. The second half become repetitive, but the epilogue adds value to the overall believablility of the tale and helps to remind the reader of the perspective issue. Recommended!

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    Heather United States 07-26-12
    Heather United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining!"

    I don't think we will ever know for sure what happened to Jimmy Hoffa, but I'm pretty sold on this being the true story. Very interesting listen and the narrator does a great job. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!

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    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 01-02-12
    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 01-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "if you liked ICEMAN"

    Great true story of the Irishman Frank Sheeran's deailings with the mob. If you like true crime especially organized crime you will love this book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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