• Chin

  • The Life and Crimes of Mafia Boss Vincent Gigante
  • By: Larry McShane
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (207 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Vincent "Chin" Gigante.

He started out as a professional boxer - until he found his true calling as a ruthless contract killer. His doting mother's pet name for the boy evolved into his famous alias, "Chin", a nickname that struck fear throughout organized crime as he routinely ordered the murders of mobsters who violated the Mafia code.

Vincent Gigante was hand-picked by Vito Genovese to run the Genovese Family when Vito was sent to prison. Chin raked in more than $100 million for the Genovese Family, all while evading federal investigators. At the height of his power, he controlled an underworld empire of close to 300 made men.

And yet Vincent Gigante was, to all outside appearances, certifiably crazy. A serial psychiatric hospital outpatient, he wandered the streets of Greenwich Village in a ratty bathrobe and slippers. He urinated in public, played pinochle in storefronts, and hid a second family from his wife. On 22 occasions, he admitted himself to a mental hospital. It took nearly 30 years of endless psychiatric evaluations by a parade of puzzled doctors for federal authorities to finally bring him down.

©2016 Larry McShane (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Full of astonishment... A kind of dark wonder." (Pete Hamill, best-selling author)

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Entertaining

I found this a good book although 5 families was a much better organized crime book in my opinion.

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Excellent book on the Chin

The first chapter is a big rough with them explaining he was crazy over and over again and made me almost want to stop. However once I got through that part is was extremely informative and very well read. It gave some insight into things I didn’t know or realize the correlation. Very highly recommended.

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Not as good as others

It's just kinda slow and more factually dulling. It's awesome facts but reads as a text book more than a story.

Overall great info to learn more or if your just getting started.

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Not surprising a biography about a recluse sucks.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you enjoy the fact he pretended to be crazy being repeated for about 10 hrs this is your book. The author should've pulled the plug a month into it (assuming it took longer than that) when we realized there was very little data about the subject. The only enjoyable parts were taken from other MUCH more interesting subjects Sammy Gravano and Phil Leonetti- both wrote MUCH MUCH better books.

My main complait it how little info is here. It's just repetitive and largely uninteresting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Larry McShane again?

Probably not.

Which character – as performed by Paul Costanzo – was your favorite?

The italian one.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Impatience.

Any additional comments?

Audible has a free audiobook the 'Mafia Prince' by Phil Leonetti that's great. Listen to that instead.

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Good for a novice mafia student

This would be a good introduction to the New York mafia for someone with an interest but not much background information. If, like me, you've read more than a few books or seen a handful of mob documentaries, "Chin" will be largely a recap of stories frequently told elsewhere in literature and on the small screen.

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Amazing book

Loved the narrator and the intel regarding the life of the Chin. I read several Mafia books and this is a must into anyone who loves the biography of bosses

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Grab it

Enjoyed book immensely. It is a must-read for any mafia aficionado. Interesting for cover to cover.

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Chin

struggle to maintain interest in the book never did finish it. Story is weak. Yeah

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a great book

i'm a big mob buff with an extensive library of mafia books both read and listened and i think this is one of the best of them all. i'd had this one waiting in my wish list for a while and finally got to it and it was just as good if not better than i had hoped it would be. as you will hear in the book vincent "the chin" gigante is for many people one of the most interesting mafia figures ever. this book touches on and goes into detail on many very well known mob scams deals and events including many well known murders hits wars and mafia in fighting as well as rats double crosses and the trials and testimonies that brought down some of the biggest names in the mob. it tells you how he chins crazy act both started and finished and how it all finally ended for the chin. it's a great book that any one who enjoys mafia history will enjoy. the performance by paul costanzo was very good. not quite a five but a solid 4. a really enjoyable listen.

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GREAT BOOK

I'm not very discriminating and I listen to lots of books. The writer and the story itself is entertaining and not boring, comfortable and not disturbing, the reader was enjoyable and overall a good listen.

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  • 09-18-17

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Unfortunately I tuned into the narrators tendency to whistle when pronouncing words than contain S

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  • Anthony winter
  • 09-24-18

the chin

very interesting and thourough book going right through mafia history leaving no stone unturned well written and well narrated

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  • Jesse james
  • 01-31-18

Great insight

What a great insight into the the life and times of the old school mafia into the new age a real gripping listen

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  • Harlemspartans1
  • 03-24-20

Not the blood and violence I thought

Boring,depressing told by other people waste of time and don't waste your coins or cash

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  • james
  • 06-12-22

very good book.

very intersting and to think they never made a film about the most successful of all godfathers.

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  • DEAN
  • 01-28-22

Great insite to the mob

Great book and what a mobster he played his own game against the courts and fbi which kept him on the streets for many more years

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  • Terry
  • 01-11-22

Spellbinding

Really good listen. Well narrated and the right length. Could not put this down until finished

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  • stephen lindsay
  • 11-01-21

Capo Di Tutti

The real boss of bosses, a posthumous biography of arguably the Greatest US Cosa Nostra boss the world has ever seen.

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  • LUKE KIRBY
  • 10-06-21

Excellent. MUST READ for Mafia history fans.

An excellent portrayal of Vincent gigante and his life. Well written to the point you actually feel for Gigante towards the end of his life only to remember the subterfuge he displayed.

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  • paul
  • 09-13-18

Grind

Sorry, really looked forward to this but just could not get into it.

Couldn't put my finger on why?