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This story is somewhat predictable, up until to the payoff at the end, which is a bit of a surprise. Mantegna's performance is first rate. I am looking for books that feature him!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Read the book. Listened to the audiobook. And I still re-read it and listen to it again and again
Where does Gangster rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is one of my favourite books so I was quite excited to listen to the audio version as it's read by Joe "Fat Tony" Mantegna. His narration gave life to the characters and made me fall deeper into a story that I already love so much.
What other book might you compare Gangster to, and why?
I would recommend Gangster if you enjoy Mario Puzo or other Lorenzo Carcaterra books such as Sleepers, or if you have a bit of a strange fascination with gangsters as I do :-)
What does Joe Mantegna bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
His narration is wonderful and perfectly draws you into gritty life of Angelo Vestieri. He is very talented and switches between the voices of the characters with ease. I must say that of all the audio books I have listened to so far his narration has been the best and most complementary to the story that is being read.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There is a lot going on in this book - betrayal, remorse, vengeance, redemption. At times it's brutal and gritty but also weaves in moments of dark comedy (via Pudge) and romance as Angelo builds relationships and has those bonds tested by the life he choses to live.
Any additional comments?
This really is a very enjoyable listen and I would love to see this made into a mini-series or a movie as it basically reads like one.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
one of my favourite books of all time.
Its gripping from page one, an absolute must read.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful