• I Heard You Paint Houses

  • By: Charles Brandt
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-22-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major film 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 wall 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 US Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and a hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that he was named as one of only two non-Italians on a list of the 26 most wanted Mob figures. When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, the Irishman did the deed, knowing that if he refused he would be killed himself.
Sheeran's important and fascinating story includes brand-new information on other famous murders and provides rare insight into an infamous chapter in US and Mafia history.
©2008 Charles Brandt (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-21-18

very good

very informative and interesting bring up a lotof unanswered questions but well worth listening again high recommend

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2 out of 5 stars
By Craig Duncan on 03-08-18

Take with a trailer-truck's worth of salt

Any additional comments?

Co-incidentally, I had just watched a documentary about the Hoffa disappearance a few days before beginning this audiobook. A number of the protagonists statements jarred with this book. This put a seed of doubt into my head as to the authenticity. By the end of the book, I honestly had a hard time believing anything he said. Some of it was just completely unbelievable and outlandish, and the author never provides us with a truly convincing reason why Sheeran changed his story so often.

As other reviewers have commented, the author did have the habit of annoyingly shoehorning himself into the story, and there was a lot of padding and waffle that could easily have been cut. Narration was above average, though.

Overall, it does provide insight into how these types of people think and behave. But that's if you read between the lines, and not what they actually say.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-14-18

Couldn't finish it

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better reader. This bloke was so drab

Would you ever listen to anything by Charles Brandt again?

No probably not

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Big time. I think that was the main issue here to be honest. Couln't hack his reading style any longer

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


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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-06-17

fantastic read.

would recommend to any true crime fan or anyone looking for an interesting history lesson

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