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James Gandolfini, gave a soul to suburban New Jersey dad and mob killer, Tony Soprano. When he died suddenly of a heart attack last year, it felt like a family member had died. But Gandolfini was not Tony Soprano, he was so much deeper, kinder and more complex.
Dan Bischoff’s biography maps out the life of a man that touched all our lives. From his Italian American background, growing up in New Jersey, experiences as a working man, to becoming an actor and philanthropist.
This book gave me insight into the blossoming of an artist, and of a man ready to give back through his work and films for the charity Wounded Warrior Project (never touted in any publicity for self celebration).
John Ventimiglia, who played Artie Bucco on “The Sopranos” really put his heart into narrating this. His performance is that of an insider, fluid and heartfelt.
Written at a tight journalistic clip, this is a great listen.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Lots of background biographical information. A real guy who didn't have to be. Sad his light is no more. Well written & voiced - like a friend telling the story.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Very nice stories about a very interesting man. Can't help but feel a lot of things are repeated to bulk up the content however
What did you like best about James Gandolfini? What did you like least?
The book was great! there's not a lot to go on really- only a few interviews with the man himself exist. Unfortunately, it is sort of ruined by the constant deja vu of MULTIPLE entire paragraphs and whole sentences repeated over and over again, How can that possibly happen! I understand they must have been rushing to get this book out but how can so much stuff be repeated and surely even John Ventimiglia would notice that he's reading the same parts over and over! It is really bizarre.
Have you listened to any of John Ventimiglia’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I was looking forward to hearing him doing On The Road but it's been removed from Audible (at least temporarily)