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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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    C. M. Otto 08-19-16
    C. M. Otto 08-19-16 Member Since 2012

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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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    John 08-09-16
    John 08-09-16
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    Mark 07-31-16
    Mark 07-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The Stink of Sensationalism "

    Factual, beyond the shadow of a doubt, till the author collaborates with Fox News, mentioned in the epilogue. Now, doubt.

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    Daniel Jones 07-22-16
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    "Slow at first but.."

    It was a slow start but after you get past that, it's an amazing story.

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    Michael 06-11-16
    Michael 06-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally the truth is told"

    For years and years I have heard or read all about what could have happen to Jimmy Hoffa now I have been told the whole story, out standing!!!

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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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    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 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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