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Publisher's Summary

Love. Violence. Destiny. These powerful themes ricochet through Lorenzo Carcaterra's new novel like bullets from a machine gun. In Gangster, he surpasses even his best-selling Sleepers to create a brutal and brilliant American saga of murder, forgiveness, and redemption.

Born in the midst of tragedy and violence and raised in the shadow of a shocking secret, young Angelo Vestieri chooses to flee both his past and his father to seek a second family: the criminals who preside over early 20th-century New York. In his bloody rise from soldier to mob boss, he encounters ever more barbaric betrayals - in friendship, in his brutal business, in love - yet simultaneously comes to understand the meaning of loyalty, the virtue of relationships, and gains a perspective on the lonely, if powerful, life he has chosen.

As the years pass, as enemies are made and defeated, as wars are fought and won, the old don meets an abandoned boy who needs a parent as much as protection. By taking Gabe under his wing and teaching him everything he knows, Angelo Vestieri will learn, in the winter of his life, which is greater: his love for the boy he cherishes, or his need to be a gangster and to live by the savage rules he helped create.

A sweeping panorama with riveting characters, a unique understanding of the underworld philosophy, and a relentless pace, Gangster travels through the time of godfathers and goodfellas to our own world of suburban Sopranos. But this is more than just an authentic chronicle of crime. Setting a new standard for this acclaimed author, Gangster is a compassionate portrait of one man's fight against his fate - and an unforgettable epic of a family, a city, a century.

©2001 Lorenzo Carcaterra (P)2001 Random House

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Mantegna is great!

This story is somewhat predictable, up until to the payoff at the end, which is a bit of a surprise. Mantegna's performance is first rate. I am looking for books that feature him!

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Greatest story ever told!

Read the book. Listened to the audiobook. And I still re-read it and listen to it again and again

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  • OBX
  • potomac, md United States
  • 08-09-16

I love Joe in the movies but not as a narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It's not a bad story but not told very well, if you like gangster stories it'll entertain.

How could the performance have been better?

Joe didn't do a great job telling the story. He's not good with accents and he has limits with voicing his characters.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I would wait for the unabridged version. This story is a bit choppy

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  • Danielle
  • 01-14-18

Fantastic Listen

Where does Gangster rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favourite books so I was quite excited to listen to the audio version as it's read by Joe "Fat Tony" Mantegna. His narration gave life to the characters and made me fall deeper into a story that I already love so much.

What other book might you compare Gangster to, and why?

I would recommend Gangster if you enjoy Mario Puzo or other Lorenzo Carcaterra books such as Sleepers, or if you have a bit of a strange fascination with gangsters as I do :-)

What does Joe Mantegna bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His narration is wonderful and perfectly draws you into gritty life of Angelo Vestieri. He is very talented and switches between the voices of the characters with ease. I must say that of all the audio books I have listened to so far his narration has been the best and most complementary to the story that is being read.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There is a lot going on in this book - betrayal, remorse, vengeance, redemption. At times it's brutal and gritty but also weaves in moments of dark comedy (via Pudge) and romance as Angelo builds relationships and has those bonds tested by the life he choses to live.

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This really is a very enjoyable listen and I would love to see this made into a mini-series or a movie as it basically reads like one.

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  • Warren todd
  • 08-27-17

Amazing read

one of my favourite books of all time.

Its gripping from page one, an absolute must read.

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