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For years, the DeCavalcantes, the most powerful Mob family in Jersey, labored in the shadows of the more famous families in New York - the likes of the Gambinos and the Columbos. Dismissed by the big-city capos, the DeCavalcantes finally came into their own when they found their lives mirrored in the television hit, The Sopranos. Overnight it legitimized the made men of the Garden State. Now they were a familia to be reckoned with. Unfortunately with high profile came high risk. As member turned against member, as trusted friend turned terrified informant, the FBI put the brakes on the DeCavalcante’s explosive ride into infamy, hastening a fall from honor that would become as infamous as their notorious ascension into the annals of organized crime.

Based on more than 1,000 hours of secretly recorded conversations, Made Men delivers, for the first time, the unprecedented and completely uncensored behind-the-scenes truth of a historically clandestine world - of violent life and sudden death inside and outside the mob, told by the very men who made it.

©2003 Greg B. Smith (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Captivating! I couldn't put it down...

I usually only enjoy stories that are told first-hand. however in this case this book was different. Do you want them and the narrator have a unique way of making you feel like you are in the moment. The story is amazing the narrator is amazing and it is perfectly written. I wish every book on Audible was this good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Oh my god cant believe how &*$%ing fat Ive gotten!

Pretty good idea and subject matter but unfortunately not a lot of material. The Sopranos tie in was almost certainly the only reason this was published.

This book consists of 2 main parts- NJ mafia history and transcripts of informants' wire recording. The two halves aren't really combined effectively, in my opinion.

I lost count of how many times the protagonist (I guess you'd call him that?) Ralphie exclaimed that he couldnt believe how %$@#ing fat he's gotten. At least 10 separate times. To the point it was beyond a recurring theme; it should've been the title of the book.

Probably the second worst book about the mafia I've read. The one on Gigante was worse bc there was almost no material, this one suffered from the same issue, just not as bad.

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Real Sopranos

I am a huge fan of The Sopranos and I'd heard this was the family the showed was somewhat based on. They narrator did an a great job making a watered-down story more interesting. this book isn't the worst mafia-related book I've ever listened to but it's not the best either. I'm not disappointed but not thrilled it's not bad not great just average. I did learn about the New Jersey side of the mafia. I'd give this book a 7/10

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  • Arthur F.
  • 10-23-18

Captivating! I couldn't put it down...

I usually only enjoy stories that are told first-hand. however in this case this book was different. Do you want them and the narrator have a unique way of making you feel like you are in the moment. The story is amazing the narrator is amazing and it is perfectly written. I wish every book on Audible was this good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Allen
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 12-17-18

Oh my god cant believe how &*$%ing fat Ive gotten!

Pretty good idea and subject matter but unfortunately not a lot of material. The Sopranos tie in was almost certainly the only reason this was published.

This book consists of 2 main parts- NJ mafia history and transcripts of informants' wire recording. The two halves aren't really combined effectively, in my opinion.

I lost count of how many times the protagonist (I guess you'd call him that?) Ralphie exclaimed that he couldnt believe how %$@#ing fat he's gotten. At least 10 separate times. To the point it was beyond a recurring theme; it should've been the title of the book.

Probably the second worst book about the mafia I've read. The one on Gigante was worse bc there was almost no material, this one suffered from the same issue, just not as bad.

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  • jonathan meharg
  • 10-25-18

Real Sopranos

I am a huge fan of The Sopranos and I'd heard this was the family the showed was somewhat based on. They narrator did an a great job making a watered-down story more interesting. this book isn't the worst mafia-related book I've ever listened to but it's not the best either. I'm not disappointed but not thrilled it's not bad not great just average. I did learn about the New Jersey side of the mafia. I'd give this book a 7/10

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  • Arthur F.
  • 10-23-18

Captivating! I couldn't put it down...

I usually only enjoy stories that are told first-hand. however in this case this book was different. Do you want them and the narrator have a unique way of making you feel like you are in the moment. The story is amazing the narrator is amazing and it is perfectly written. I wish every book on Audible was this good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • M. Allen
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 12-17-18

Oh my god cant believe how &*$%ing fat Ive gotten!

Pretty good idea and subject matter but unfortunately not a lot of material. The Sopranos tie in was almost certainly the only reason this was published.

This book consists of 2 main parts- NJ mafia history and transcripts of informants' wire recording. The two halves aren't really combined effectively, in my opinion.

I lost count of how many times the protagonist (I guess you'd call him that?) Ralphie exclaimed that he couldnt believe how %$@#ing fat he's gotten. At least 10 separate times. To the point it was beyond a recurring theme; it should've been the title of the book.

Probably the second worst book about the mafia I've read. The one on Gigante was worse bc there was almost no material, this one suffered from the same issue, just not as bad.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • jonathan meharg
  • 10-25-18

Real Sopranos

I am a huge fan of The Sopranos and I'd heard this was the family the showed was somewhat based on. They narrator did an a great job making a watered-down story more interesting. this book isn't the worst mafia-related book I've ever listened to but it's not the best either. I'm not disappointed but not thrilled it's not bad not great just average. I did learn about the New Jersey side of the mafia. I'd give this book a 7/10