The Irishman (Movie Tie-In)

Frank Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,765 ratings)

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES 

New York Times Best Seller 

Now a major motion picture directed by Academy Award® winner Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, and Academy Award® nominee Harvey Keitel, and written by Academy Award® winner Steven Zaillian.

The Irishman “gives new meaning to the term ‘guilty pleasure.’’’ (Bryan Burrough, author of Public Enemies, in The New York Times Book Review)

“Told with such economy and chilling force as to make The Sopranos suddenly seem overwrought and theatrical.” (New York Daily News)

“A terrific read.” (Kansas City Star)

The Irishman is an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th Century. Spanning decades, Sheeran’s story chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and it offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries, and connections to mainstream politics. Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit against The Commission of La Cosa Nostra, the US Government would name him as one of only two non-Italians in conspiracy with the Commission. Sheeran is listed alongside the likes of Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano and Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno. 

In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the mob, and Brandt turned Sheeran’s story into a pause-resisting true crime classic. 

©2005 Charles Brandt (P)2008 Random House Audio

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Don't give up!

I almost quit this book after the first chapter. It was tedious, trying to figure out who all the various individuals are that are mentioned. I am so glad I continued. Although some middle parts drag on, from Chapter 28 on it is an emotional ride and well worth waiting for. I learned so much about the mafia from this book, their lingo and their strategizing. It is hard to listen to the cold, calcuated way that individuals are disposed of in order to clear the path for another individual's rise to power. But to hear the life of a mafioso in his own words and the ultimate toll it eventually exacts on his conscience is riveting. Don't give up on this book if you initially get tangled up in all the characters described. It is well worth your time. This is the first review of an audiobook I have ever written, but felt the need to express its worth. I am still haunted by this book.

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This is the real deal!

What did you love best about I Heard You Paint Houses?

The story will blow your mind..from beginning to end.
By the end of this book you will agree that this is the real truth
of how Hoffa disappeared.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The intensity of the story. And the validation of what really happened.

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

The solving of 2 murders and who did them.

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The author validated everything told to him. There should be no more questions as to how Hoffa was killed and disposed of. The beginnings of Sheeran's life are interesting and make you like the guy. I couldn't help but like the guy.

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The final word on Hoffa and Kennedy

OK, I don't know whether Frank Sheeran's versions of the Kennedy assassination and the Hoffa disappearance are factual. But they are both more plausible and more titilating than most of the alternative theories I have heard. And they are told with such conviction, and so much detail, that I have decided to believe them. Now I don't have to sit through Oliver Stone's tedious speculations. Sheeran has told us what happened, and that's "the way it is".

Brandt co-writes Sheeran's inside story his life in the Mob, and provides historical backdrop to explain the history of the Mob and Teamsters within the context of national politics inthe mid-20th century. Much more than just a personal journal of a gangster.

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Very Good

I found this book to be very interesting. It is my understanding that this in one of the best sellers at our local book store.
Living in Northeastern Pennsylvania (Where Bufalino lived) I heard a lot about the Bufalino family, this book appears to accurate

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If you like The Godfather, you'll love this book.

I love a mob story, and this is the real thing. Every bit as suspenseful and well-written as a best-selling novel, this true confession weaves a web of corruption and violence throughout the most powerful union in the country. The ties to top government officials, legislators, FBI, and even the President is so well researched and documented, it will leave you questioning everything you ever believed about our government. The human portrait of this very real hit-man as a husband, father, and friend made me see him as likeable, and in the end, tragic. Scott Brick's narration is perfect for this book.

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Hoffa case finally solved

Loved this book, it's a definite one session listen from start to finish .
Can't wait to see what Martin Scorsese does with the book.

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Not just another Hoffa rant.

I doubt we'll ever really know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa but this book gives a pretty solid account from some reliable sources.

The history behind Hoffa vanishing was interesting. The character development and dynamics/interaction between each kept me listening.

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Unreal Story!

I knew Hoffa was corrupt but I didn't know it went that far. Amazing story!

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Fascinating look into a lifestyle and story

I loved the book. Can't wait for the movie in 2018. The Irishman with DeNiro!

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very entertaining !

great story with a real final ending . this is one of the better mob related books that i have read\heard . the narrator gave an excellent reading . give a try , you will enjoy it .

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  • Paul McAviney
  • 01-29-15

Really enjoyable and historic account

Very detailed and yet still entertaining storytelling. Amazing insight into a strange time and some very strange and mean people.

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  • Andrew
  • 10-22-16

His involvement is dubious it now seems

Despite perhaps a few 'stretcher's' it's
excellently written and researched account of mob/unions/government intanglments.