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I Heard You Paint Houses Audiobook

I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa

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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be the major motion picture The Irishman starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, directed by Martin Scorsese.

"I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors.

In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa. Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually he would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures.

When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, he did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Sheeran's important and fascinating story includes new information on other famous murders, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that is destined to become a true crime classic.

©2005 Charles Brandt; (P)2008 Random House Audio

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    Francisco Riojas 06-06-17
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    "Very informative"

    All the details described were out of this world makes me want to read up on other mobsters.

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    Peter Herrera 05-20-17
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    "it has to be true. I believe it so it's true. "

    loved it. can't wait for the movie.easy to listen too. could not stop listening to the book

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    Jose A. Rodriguez Modesto California U.S.A. 05-09-17
    Jose A. Rodriguez Modesto California U.S.A. 05-09-17 Member Since 2017

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    "A must read"

    This is a must-read if you're a Teamster or in organized labor in anyway. Know your organized labor history.

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    Clint Rector 04-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Powerhouse Mafia Book"

    One can quickly see why Martin Scorsese is on deck to direct this move. You can also see why so many A-List'ers signed on as well. It covers Hoffa's disappearance, the WW2 experience and everything in between. The lone downside is how dense it is. You'll spend fair time rewinding to catch names and place them in the proper place. I highly, highly still recommend.

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    Jamie 03-23-17
    Jamie 03-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "a great listen..."

    give you a glimpse into a snapshot of american history about a mystery no more

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    Kevin Armstrong Naples, New York USA 03-17-17
    Kevin Armstrong Naples, New York USA 03-17-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Puts the puzzle pieces all together."

    I've been on a mob story book spree this winter. I got this title from mention in a TJ English book. I'm glad I did. it gives some great insights into possibilities in the Bay of Pigs and the JFK assignation and, at least for me, closes the book on the Jimmy Hoffa mystery; an Irish house painter sent him to Australia. I loved this audiobook.

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    reyna khan 03-08-17
    reyna khan 03-08-17 Member Since 2006
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    "A Page Turner"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Heard You Paint Houses to be better than the print version?

    I read the reviews before reading this book so I expected it to be a little slow in getting into the story. NOT SO. I was hooked from the beginning. If you like crime/mafia stories, this is a must.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is great. He reads many of the books I have listened to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I Hear You Paint Houses


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    derekderek 03-01-17
    derekderek 03-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely had me from the start... "

    I ignored everything until it was over. I even missed dinner can't wait for the Movie!!!

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    Gotce Peev Phila, PA United States 02-14-17
    Gotce Peev Phila, PA United States 02-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Should be required reading for all Philadelphians"
    Would you listen to I Heard You Paint Houses again? Why?

    I'm sure I missed lots of gems on the first pass. Another go would help connect dots that were giving as hints in preceding chapters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Heard You Paint Houses?

    Most wouldn't believe the influence that once came from Philadelphia (& maybe still does). There are so many memorable moments - the ones that stand out are the references to JFK, the eye witness accounts/interviews conducted by the author and the followup the author did to substantiate the Irishman's accounts. Killing a friend is a chilling thought!


    Any additional comments?

    Just learning about the title of the book is worth the read.

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    Stephen L. Pierantozzi 01-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very exciting."

    I only started this book because I heard it was going to be a movie and that Robert De Niro was going to be playing a role in it. If the content of this story is true and can be confirmed by the FBI then this story could be argued to be the greatest American crime story in American history. I didn't like the title of the book but upon reading the book I wouldn't have it any other way and it makes perfect sense.

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