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From Karen Gravano, a star of the hit VH1 reality show Mob Wives, comes a revealing memoir of a mafia childhood, where love and family come hand-in-hand with murder and betrayal.

Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy “the Bull” Gravano, once one of the mafia's most feared hit men. With 19 confessed murders, the former Gambino Crime Family underboss - and John Gotti’s right-hand man - is the highest ranking gangster ever to turn State’s evidence and testify against members of his high-profile crime family. But to Karen, Sammy Gravano was a sometimes elusive but always loving father figure. He was ever-present at the head of the dinner table. He made a living running a construction firm and several nightclubs. He stayed out late, and sometimes he didn’t come home at all. He hosted “secret” meetings at their house, and had countless whispered conversations with “business associates.” By the age of twelve, Karen knew he was a gangster. And as she grew up, while her peers worried about clothes and schoolwork, she was coming face-to-face with crime and murder. Gravano was 19 years old when her father turned his back on the mob and cooperated with the Feds. The fabric of her family was ripped apart, and they were instantly rejected by the communities they grew up in.This is the story of a daughter’s struggle to reconcile the image of her loving father with that of a murdering Mafioso, and how, in healing the rift between the two, she was able to forge a new life.

©2012 Karen Gravano with Lisa Pulitzer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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Interesting story but she is a terrible narrator!!

While I don't doubt the validity of the story itself, I don't think Karen wrote it at all. the narration sounds like she is reading it for the first time. Her style of reading is choppy and detracts from the flow of the story. It is clear she is not reading using punctuation with odd pauses where there aren't periods and breathless periods of would-be run ons. The story is interesting but I wish I had skipped this one in audio format and just read the book. Usually I find autobiographies better when the writer reads them aloud, but that is certainly not the case with this one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Bradley
  • WICHITA, KS, United States
  • 02-18-12

More of a Sammy "The Bull" biography

What did you love best about Mob Daughter?

I loved the way she wrote about her father/daughter relationship with Sammy. The love and respect they have towards each other is amazing.

What didn’t you like about Karen Gravano’s performance?

She had no emotion in her voice throughout the story and she seemed to stumble on her words.

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

Even though Sammy did a lot of horrible things, I still felt sympathy for him. I know that seems strange but maybe it's because the story is obviously bias. If there was a story from a victim's family perspective, I probably would hate him.

Any additional comments?

Do I feel like I wasted a credit? No. The majority of the book is about Sammy. He is a very interesting person to read about, only I wish Karen would have shared more of her own personal experiences. Whenever she did they came off as afterthoughts.

The middle of the book is almost a repeat of the first half, but the pace picks up towards the end.

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  • Erin
  • United States
  • 07-02-12

Not very interesting..

Would you try another book from Karen Gravano and Lisa Pulitzer and/or Karen Gravano?

I am a big fan of Mon Wives, I guess that may be the only reason I tried this book. I do like Karin G, I just found her story a little boring. Maybe I expected something more "Soprano" like.

Would you be willing to try another book from Karen Gravano and Lisa Pulitzer ? Why or why not?

Maybe

Could you see Mob Daughter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe.
Drita-kidding, not sure.

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  • Hannah
  • Heidelberg Heights, Australia
  • 11-09-12

Please don't waste your money.

What would have made Mob Daughter better?

If somebody else had read this book without the ridiculous mispronunciations and poor phrasing this could've passed as a decent audiobook. This woman can barely read let alone put on a good performance.

What could Karen Gravano and Lisa Pulitzer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book is very self-indulgent. At one point I found myself incredulous over her saying that somebody was prejudiced against gangsters. I could have accepted this story if you were even slightly remorseful of her fathers work life.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

If I have to hear the word fustrated again I'll be very fustrated.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mob Daughter?

Most of it.

Any additional comments?

I had high hopes that this would be great. It was so disjointed and self serving it was actually anger inducing. Someone's obviously recently taught her the word "livid" and it's quite apt.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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BORING

What did you like best about Mob Daughter? What did you like least?

The whole book was boring...poorly written.

What didn’t you like about Karen Gravano’s performance?

Her voice was so monotone...no expressions, no enthusiasm, just blah! It made the boring book even more boring! I couldn't even finish it.

Was Mob Daughter worth the listening time?

NO

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Informative Book - Good

Informative book and I liked the story overall. However, I think Karen could’ve used some voice coaching in the beginning. She got better over time through the book.

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Karen Gravano Tells It All!

Really great book. I like that she shows us all sides of her father, warts and all.
I think that the fact that Ms. Gravano has grown up to be a responsible independent woman is a definite nod to her parents.
A must read for anyone interested in the organized crime culture

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On point Love! Amazing woman!

This book was an amazing account of what it is like to be born into a family engaged in organized crime. The ideas Karen had about her father's engagements must've been confusing at best to her. However, she was able to overcome all the adversity she faced going through various events which could not have been easy to understand, let alone accept or even comprehend. This book reveals who the real Sammy "The BULL" was. I truly feel he is an honorable, loyal, and most of all die hard man. Especially for what matters most. His family.
GOOD JOB KAREN

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AMAZING Karen

I love her narration and the story. To see her life from her eyes using her words makes you feel like you know her. I do not like to read about people in magazines because it's never true. Seeing her on her show always made me want to know her more and this book was the perfect opportunity. I love her strength and morals. This was an amazing listen and i could not put the phone down.

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Absolutely Loved It!

This book is great, I couldn’t stop listening. What I like is Karen is the narrator, unlike so many other books. I would absolutely recommend buying this book.

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  • Lynne
  • 05-28-12

Not Sure!

I had wanted to listen to this book after becoming a fan of Mob Wives (TV Series) and was looking forward to understanding what is was like growing up as a 'Mafia Princess.' But all I got was another story of how hard it can be growing up with a father how had his own way of running the family, how Karen then did what most teenagers do and went against her father whom she adored, and I am sorry to say but blah blah blah. A story that is as old as time, but I was hoping for something new.

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  • Gemma Smith
  • 02-11-16

Mob Daughter

I would say buy this book to read rather than listen to as the narration is awful, it is unbearably monotone and robotic.

The content is okay, nowhere near as juicy as I thought it would be. It didn't make me warm to Karen either, more so her father.

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  • Laura shields
  • 04-21-18

excellent book

I loved the book as soon as I started listening to Karen tell her story I was hooked I had the book finished in 2 days I am a big fan of Karen. xxx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-18

Amazing ❤️

I’ve known of Karen from mob wives and I ❤️her. And when she announced her book launch I had no doubt that every word would be gripping. To actually listen to Karen herself tell the story made me feel closer to her as if she was telling me it all over a cup of tea!!! Loving audiobooks ❤️

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  • Steve K
  • 10-20-16

As Expected.

Enjoyed it. Didn't reveal anything amazing but helped me pass time away while driving and walking the dog.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-16

Interesting and informative

I loved this book. I found it interesting and was looking forward to each chapter. First time I've downloaded an audible book and found it great.

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  • fiona morgillo
  • 05-30-15

ture to the point .

show you how really life was for a child in the mob.