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The Ice Man Audiobook

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

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Publisher's Summary

Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

Kuklinski was Sammy "The Bull" Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano at Spark's Steakhouse. John Gotti hired him to kill the neighbor who accidentally ran over his child. For an additional price, he would make victims suffer; he conducted this sadistic business with cold-hearted intensity, never disappointing his customers. By his own estimate, he killed over 200 men, taking enormous pride in his variety and ferocity of technique.

Kuklinski's story, once known, captivated the public and became the subject of three HBO documentaries about which the New York Times raved, "Few viewers are ever likely to forget this thoroughly chilling portrait. As for possible movie competition, it would work on the level of The Silence of the Lambs."

©2006 Philip Carlo; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Good as an omnibus resource on Kuklinski, this is a fine entry in the burgeoning field of works tracing the decline of the traditional organized crime families and their once impenetrable structures." (Booklist)

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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 08-07-09
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 08-07-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting"

    This is an interesting story in serious need of an editor. Lots of repetition, heaps of trite phrases and the narrative voice keeps changing - sometimes in the same paragraph (from second person reporting to first person opinion. Terribly confusing). There is so much repetition I thought my iPod was stuck on rewind.

    The subject is such a frightening person, just telling his story as flat observation might have worked better. After all, 30 years as a prolific, sadistic killer is an eye-popper of a resume all by itself.

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    Michael L. Wintory Tucson, AZ 07-11-09
    Michael L. Wintory Tucson, AZ 07-11-09

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    "The Ice Man"

    The Ice Man is aptly named. Truly a book that I couldn't put down, and one that drove me to the Internet for further research and information.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Horwitz US 06-10-09
    Steve Horwitz US 06-10-09 Member Since 2015

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    "UNBELIEVABLE"

    Get ready to listen to a great true story about the most dangerous man in the world. Not for weak stomachs!!! So graphic, I felt part of the action. Nothing has ever interfered with my work. "The Ice Man" by Philip Carlo did. Imagine listening to something for 8 hours, 10 hours, or even 12 hours without a break? Everything about this presentation is fantastic...from the story itself, to the drama that Michael Prichard presented into its reading. This is true crime at its best! Listen and shiver. I could not believe what I was hearing. If you like true crime stories, DO NOT PASS THIS AUDIO BOOK UP. The bonus feature led me to the Internet in order to find more information about Richard. AND DID I…

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    Elaine Monroe, GA, USA 05-31-09
    Elaine Monroe, GA, USA 05-31-09
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    "Wonderfully Icy"

    Somehow Carlo managed to enter the mind of this horrific human being. He was able to capture every nuance and chilling detail. How any human could commit such sickening and appalling crimes without so much as a speck of remorse is nearly unbelievable. Truth is stranger than fiction and if you are into true crime, this book will hold you in its clutches to the very end

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    Kim Wallingford, PA, United States 04-16-09
    Kim Wallingford, PA, United States 04-16-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Phenominal for those that like intense details"

    I found this Audio Book, one that I couldn't put down and couldn't wait for the next (page). I would highly recommend this book to those that are interested in intense details and believing that they are there with the characters. It may have been long, but well worth each minute. I have listened to others and haven't found many that kept me on the edge of my seat as this had. I also admire the narrator of the book, he did it much justice.

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    Marilyn Rockville, MD, USA 12-26-08
    Marilyn Rockville, MD, USA 12-26-08
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    "Overlong and repetitious"

    I found this book interesting but overlong and repetitious. I did finish but this was one book I would have preferred to have been the condensed version.

    There are some extremely gory descriptions of torture.

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    John C Cleveland, OH 09-22-08
    John C Cleveland, OH 09-22-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting but repetitive mediocre writing"

    This is a very interesting story but the author chooses to say the same thing over and over and over... sometimes I thought the book had track had started over on its own. The facts make the story compelling, not the author's writing.

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    Steve Kinston, NC, United States 06-18-08
    Steve Kinston, NC, United States 06-18-08 Member Since 2007
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    "stay away"

    Sounds as if it were written by a third-grader. Details were inaccurate and author repeats himself over and over. I couldn't wait for it to be over..

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    Steve 06-09-08
    Steve 06-09-08 Member Since 2012
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    "A great listen"

    I had not heard of the Ice Man prior to listening to this book but I was quickly drawn into his world through a very blunt and honest writing. It's always fascinating to peer inside the mind of a professional killer to see what makes them tick. My only complaint is the writer tends to throw a lot of adjectives at the reader to overstate the "Superhuman" strength of the Ice Man and his fear factor. The narrator also exaggerated the impact of those comments and it took away from my desire to believe everything I was hearing. I still recommend it though, a great read.

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    Linda Kirksville, MO, USA 01-27-08
    Linda Kirksville, MO, USA 01-27-08
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    "Great Read!"

    I listened to this while training for my last marathon - made the miles fly by! Although, I did have to stop every once in a while because something I heard stopped me in my tracks...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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