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The Iceman Audiobook

The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer

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Publisher's Summary

At home, Richard Kuklinski was a dedicated suburban family man; on the street, he was the Iceman, a professional hit man and lethal scam artist, a man so heartless he kept one of his victims frozen for over two years to disguise the time of death. His personal body count was over 100, but the police couldn’t touch him. Then undercover agent Dominick Polifrone posed as a mobster and began a deadly game of cat and mouse.

The Iceman chronicles Kuklinski’s grisly career and exposes his murderous double life.

Anthony Bruno, a crime writer, is the author of 11 crime fiction novels and four books of nonfiction true crime. His nonfiction work The Seekers: A Bounty Hunter's Story, was nominated for an Edgar Award in 2001 for best fact crime book. His novel Bad Apple was adapted for television in 2004.

©1993, 2008 Anthony Bruno (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Iceman chilleth! Not for the faint of heart but a rousing, riveting read. I read it in one (scary) gulp." (Jack Olson, author of I: The Creation of a Serial Killer)

"Bruno has done an excellent job of re-creating the tension and stress Polifrone experienced in fulfilling his risky undercover assignment." (Publishers Weekly)

"Smoothly written…Bruno puts his writing talents to white-knuckle use with a tight focus on a killer with no human feelings except toward his wife and three sons…. A fast-paced, suspenseful re-creation of how a vicious killer was run to ground.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    M. Murphy 07-10-13
    M. Murphy 07-10-13

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    "Started out promising, but..."

    I really loved this book in the beginning, but soon realized the material the author had to work with was pretty thin and the book soon got very boring. It was a major disappointment when it got to the trial which was wrapped up in what seemed like minutes -- a real anticlimax. The narration was entertaining in the beginning, but the "goodfella" accents got really wearing after a while. Would not recommend to anyone.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    marguerite ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 05-10-13
    marguerite ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Pass on this. Narrow plot line, mildly interesting"

    Story was confusing in terms of all the bad guys. Very narrow plot line. Narrator was awesome however. Pass on this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JustBill 11-15-14
    JustBill 11-15-14
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    "I should ask for a bad book trade."
    Would you try another book from Anthony Bruno and/or Bronson Pinchot?

    No


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Iceman?

    True crime readers are a special breed.


    Any additional comments?

    This just was a book the Library of Congress really did not need.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Citizen Arcane 01-08-13
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    "Bronson Pinchot. A Masterful Narrator."
    Would you try another book from Anthony Bruno and/or Bronson Pinchot?

    Pinchot, definitely- bruno, probably not. I thought that this would be about the extensive interviews that the Iceman did. It isn't. The Iceman interviews are far more chilling because it is an in-depth glimpse into what makes the Iceman tick and how he could live such a double life.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    He has showcased once again what an incredible range of accents and line readings he has. Incredible! Gave me chills.


    Any additional comments?

    For fun, I'd highly suggest listening to Pinchot's narration on the life of Angelina Jolie- the levels of annoyance, boredom and disgust (listen to the passage wherein Jolie describes her love of Billy Bob Thornton's nether regions. I laugh every single time. Yet still, he manages to rise above the dreck of the memoir and add gravitas to it. Listen to it-you'll see.)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 01-13-15
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 01-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent true crime and narrator!"
    Would you listen to The Iceman again? Why?

    No once is enough.


    What other book might you compare The Iceman to and why?

    There's no comparison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many great scenes.


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

    What an undercover agent will go through to get a killer.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the book is about a horrible monster, it is one of the very best true crime books ever. The narrator has to be one of the absolute best I've ever heard! He did so many characters excellently!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron 08-14-16
    Ron 08-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome book"

    Loved it.really interesting and intriguing. also creepy ,how a human beings psyche can be.the descriptions of the crimes were crazy how easy they could be.

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    SmoothSail Los Angeles, CA 04-04-16
    SmoothSail Los Angeles, CA 04-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Narrator"

    Fantastic narrator. Best out there for interpreting different characters. Great New Jersey accents. Will be looking for other books he's narrated.

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    Paul Frew Vancouver, BC 01-20-16
    Paul Frew Vancouver, BC 01-20-16 Member Since 2015

    Surfer, musician, business coach, healthcare facilities management director.

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    "Cold blooded!"

    This is an excellent, true story, and superbly narrated. It was at times disturbing to listen to, given the realistic portrayal of the scenes.

    There is also some foul language. As an historical account, and an intriguing story this book was riveting!

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    Linda M. Harp Tennessee, USA 12-17-15
    Linda M. Harp Tennessee, USA 12-17-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Criminal"

    A truer gangster has never been born! Chilling what this man was capable of. Pinchot's narration was perfect.

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    Shirley Ujest Hogwarts 12-02-15
    Shirley Ujest Hogwarts 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "True story that reads like thriller fiction"

    I had to remind myself every few minutes this actually all happened because the story is so deep and intricate it doesn't read like a typical crime novel. Knowing the eventual ending didn't affect the suspense I felt during the entire book, if anything the build up made me even better. This is a true crime novel for people who find true crime novels dry and slow!

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    "Captivating Story, Poor Performance"

    This is the first time I have listened to a book that I have already read in 'hard copy'. Dont think I'll do that again.!! The story and factual portrayal is still riviting but the delivery is very weak. Its a shame that such an unbelieveable character is presented in such a limp way. The hard copy delivers the 'Ice Man' in such a cold and calculating way that you almost dont want to continue reading ! On a more positive note, if you havent read the hard copy first then the audio version would have a similar but , toned down impact, a good listen if you havent read it befor !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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