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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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    Mark S, Albany NY 10-11-06 Listener Since 2004
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    "Disappointed"

    The author took what could be an interesting story and tortured it to death. The book is 19 hours long and much of the material is repeated throughout. The dialog between characters is amateurish and sounds as if Kuklinski wrote it himself. Many of the deeds he claims happened are hard to believe. Sorry for the spoiler, but ripping a car door off it's hinges with his bare hands is just one example. Most of it sounds like the school yard bully or high school football hero reliving his glory days, exaggerating his feats and bolstering his own ego. The narrator tries to get the voices and inflections down, but I thought he only added to the amateurish sound of the book. He'd be better off reading the evening news then narrating a novel. I made it halfway through the second part and started looking for another book to download.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-09-09
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-09-09 Member Since 2014
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    "THE "FORREST GUMP" OF TRUE CRIIME"

    I never write a review without checking my facts using other sources. But I won't here because the author didn't verify a single fact for this book! All he does is parrot the implausible ravings of a sociopath. Richard Kuklinski was a legend in his own mind. He took credit for just about every unsolved high-profile including Jimmy Hoffa and mob boss Paul Castellano, along with the neighbor who ran over John Gotti's young son. Ridiculous! After allegedly committing over 200 gruesome homicides, he'd never been arrested for so much as traffic ticket. NO ONE IS THAT GOOD! Either he's a criminal genius or the New Jersey PD is the Keystone Kops. This guy could have been arrested with a cap gun and tin badge. I saw the HBO documentary years ago and actually believed that Kuklinski was a cold-blooded killer. But, after this book, I see now that he likely made up all of his crimes, even the ones he was convicted of. The author's writing is that of a first-grader, simplistic and repetitive. No one independently confirms anything in this book. Richard is the one who says he a killer, a good-looking guy, a well-hung adept lover. No one else does. Anyone who's seen or read anything on the mob knows they would never hire an unknown Polish thug from NJ for major hits. Kuklinski claims to have done hundreds of contract murders, trafficked in weed and cocaine, laundered money overseas, killed Colombian drug dealers AND a cop yet he couldn't even afford an attorney for trial. Where was John Gotti's legal team? Wouldn't he want to protect himself after ordering the hit on Castellano? The only "hit" Kuklinski did was beat his wife for decades. When arrested, all he owned was .22 pistol. No assault weapons, no money, no bodies. Both the author and "The Iceman" are delusional. Save your money! Also read the reviews on Amazon.com.)

    13 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Tucson, AZ, United States 10-16-09
    Richard Tucson, AZ, United States 10-16-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Cliche-ridden fairy tale"

    This book is hilarious. Supposedly a true account of Richard Kuklinski's life, none of the subject matter is verified and simply taken as truth by the author. Furthermore, as others have stated, the editing is atrocious--the book is repetitous and full of cliches and trite phrases. The author tries to sensationalize everything to the point of non-belief.

    The repetition of this book is unbelievable. You will the same ideas over and over and over and over and over and over again.

    If I had the patience I would listen to the book again and count the number of cliches in this book. It's got to be in the hundreds.

    I don't think this guy was connected to the mob--just a wannabe. Not too many specific details in this book, just vague generalizations. I don't doubt this guy is nuts and killed a few people but I think most of this is fantasy.

    As far as the story goes, it's fairly interesting if you tolerate the repitition and the triteness.

    I suggest you read some reviews on Amazon before you decide to invest a credit into this book.

    12 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    kalvin 10-09-17
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    "Too Brutal"

    If I had paid more attention to the title, I would not buy this book.

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    matthew j triolo 09-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining and paradigm shifting"

    If you are looking to shatter your beliefs about what humans are capable of and be shocked along the way, this is a great book. Kept my interest. Easy to follow.

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    Alicia 08-30-17
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    "Grossly captivating"

    This book is an attention grabber and grossly captivating. I do, however, wish I wouldn't have listened to the prison interview at the end. It was long, boring, and had very poor audio quality. The book was outstanding though.

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    Anonymous 07-16-17
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    "Very Detailed. Couldn't stop listening"

    Takes a while to get into, but once you get past the first few chapters you will not put it down.
    I didn't want it to end.

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    Robbie Barber 06-06-17
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    "Ice Man"

    The reason I bought this book. Is because I saw an interview with him and thought he was a very likable guy. The book is very interesting and I still think he's a likable guy, however he is one sick individual. How someone could do the things he did is very scary for society. Not for the mofia people but for the everyday citizens that are totally innocent. To think that you could be walking down the street on a nice day and just be killed for nothing. I wish he would thought of how his kids would have felt if that happened to him. Very interesting though.

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    Stinkygirl 04-13-17
    Stinkygirl 04-13-17
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    "Fascinating listen!"

    I remember watching confessions of a killer in the HBO series. So when I saw this audiobook I was drawn to it. The narrator completely holds your attention, at times even sounding like Richard Kuklinski. I had no idea about his horrific childhood nor his abuse to his family until hearing this book. Fascinating true story.

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    M. Allen Raleigh, NC 03-14-17
    M. Allen Raleigh, NC 03-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "To him prostitutes were like whores"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy poorly written books with a very small amount of material stretched into a book this is the one for you. The author clearly read the transcripts of various interviews and tried to fill a book buy repeating the same info over and over again. The same ideas are repeated several times in almost every chapter.


    Has The Ice Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love biographies especially criminal biographies but this one is terrible.


    What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing really. It was a competent performance but nothing special.


    What character would you cut from The Ice Man?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting topic but poorly written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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