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Publisher's Summary

Linda Scarpa had the best toys, the nicest clothes, and a close-knit family. Yet her childhood was far from idyllic. Classmates avoided her; boys wouldn't date her. Eventually she learned why: They were afraid of her father.

A made man in the Colombo crime family, Gregory Scarpa, Sr., was a stone-cold killer nicknamed the "Grim Reaper." Unlike most tight-lipped mobsters, Scarpa talked business - and murder - in front of his kids. But to Linda, he was also a loving, devoted father who played video games with her for hours. In riveting detail, she reveals what it was like to grow up in the violent world of the mob and to come to grips with the truth about her father and the devastation he wrought.

©2016 Linda Ann Schiro and Linda Rosencrance (P)2015 Tantor

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Awful!!!!

Would you ever listen to anything by Linda Scarpa and Linda Rosencrance again?

Never

What three words best describe Elise Arsenault’s performance?

Tried to sound like a Brooklyn gal. Was OK until she tried to do a voice for another woman character or a man.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was very disappointed in this book. The author whined on about her life. How she wasn't accepted because of her father. She didn't seem to mind have all the material things his life of crime provided.But her father was her hero in life. She worked very hard to try and convince the reader what a wonderful family man he was even though she acknowledges he killed over 50 people. Then she feels so bad when contracts AIDS because someone as wonderful as he surly doesn't deserve to suffer. Is she kidding?

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Intense couldn't stop listening

If you love mob stories and what it dose to a family behind closed door by Linda Scarpa this is your audiobook loved it

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Excellent

Surprised on what the story is about. Detailed story of Linda's life and family. Highly recommended

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Tragicomedy

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

If one is curious about others.

Would you be willing to try another book from Linda Scarpa and Linda Rosencrance ? Why or why not?

Never say never.

Which character – as performed by Elise Arsenault – was your favorite?

I would have to say the author of the book. Writing a book is an honest undertaking, and this book did take courage to write.

Did The Mafia Hit Man's Daughter inspire you to do anything?

Ensure my kids get through college.

Any additional comments?

Plenty of drama. A lot of hilarious moments that were not even meant to be funny, but there is a lot of comedy. Killing, stealing, part of "normal conditions" in a cult. A cult called criminality. Almost no awareness of consequences. Entire families living in society oblivious of the agreed upon policies and routines within this society. Surviving by setting people outside of the cult, up for losses. In a way, a gypsy tribe. That is what the mafia is, a gypsy tribe. I still have no idea who the father is of the author. The man her mother was married to or the boyfriend Scarpa. The "Way of Life" is actually a cult. The people in it can not it even see it.

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Entertaining Story

A great listen, worth the time and money. Interesting Mob story. I found the cuts to flashbacks and others accounts of what was happening a bit confusing but only if I wasn't giving it 100% of my attention.

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Couldn't wait for the ending

My husband & I listened to this together on a road trip. The story was interesting however seemed to drag out towards the end. We both were thinking many times, "get to the point"! Hoping this book was therapeutic for Linda and my husband wonders if she needed $$ in writing it.

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Great book!

Couldn't stop listening to it once I started. Tragic and true story..if you are to believe, which I do.

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Get the written copy....trust me!

What did you like best about The Mafia Hit Man's Daughter? What did you like least?

I enjoyed hearing the story....the narrating was the worst though

What did you like best about this story?

the history basically

How could the performance have been better?

ANY other narrator....I'm sorry it was someone trying to put on a Brooklyn accent and it was the furthest thing from a Brooklyn accent...quite painful to listen to actually

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Wish they were all like this and more!

Absolutely excellent book. I wish there were more books from mobsters family members as well as mobsters. This Italian sounding female narrator really makes the book here on audible. Unfortunately there are a lot of brilliant audiobooks here on this app but have a horrible narrator reading these tales in which most have to be returned. Linda told this story like a true champ and I don't look at mobsters who turned into "snitches " as snitches. More like calling them victims or defectors since they're not snitching on their friends but mafioso brutal deadly and vicious cult killers ready to dispose of their friends or family anyways.
Going to read Sammy the Bulls daughters book next regardless of personal or paid reviews.

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Very Interesting Book

What did you love best about The Mafia Hit Man's Daughter?

Linda gives you an insight about her life from every angle and opinion. I loove how she gives other people in her life the opputunity to tell what they know about certain facts in her life.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how linda let you know the highs and the lows about her life and how they matched up with facts from oother sources

What about Elise Arsenault’s performance did you like?

The narrator kept you intrigued

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

For a person who is intrigued about mafia stories, this will make you want to hear more!!!! Excellent book