From Karen Gravano, a star of the hit VH1 reality show Mob Wives, comes a revealing memoir of a mafia childhood, where love and family come hand-in-hand with murder and betrayal.
Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, once one of the mafia's most feared hit men. With 19 confessed murders, the former Gambino Crime Family underboss - and John Gotti's right-hand man - is the highest ranking gangster ever to turn State's evidence and testify against members of his high-profile crime family. But to Karen, Sammy Gravano was a sometimes elusive but always loving father figure. He was ever-present at the head of the dinner table. He made a living running a construction firm and several nightclubs. He stayed out late, and sometimes he didn't come home at all. He hosted "secret" meetings at their house, and had countless whispered conversations with "business associates." By the age of twelve, Karen knew he was a gangster. And as she grew up, while her peers worried about clothes and schoolwork, she was coming face-to-face with crime and murder. Gravano was 19 years old when her father turned his back on the mob and cooperated with the Feds. The fabric of her family was ripped apart, and they were instantly rejected by the communities they grew up in.This is the story of a daughter's struggle to reconcile the image of her loving father with that of a murdering Mafioso, and how, in healing the rift between the two, she was able to forge a new life.
©2012 Karen Gravano with Lisa Pulitzer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
I love to read and I love to listen. I enjoy a wide range of tastes, and only really leave a review when I think the book merits one!
I had wanted to listen to this book after becoming a fan of Mob Wives (TV Series) and was looking forward to understanding what is was like growing up as a 'Mafia Princess.' But all I got was another story of how hard it can be growing up with a father how had his own way of running the family, how Karen then did what most teenagers do and went against her father whom she adored, and I am sorry to say but blah blah blah. A story that is as old as time, but I was hoping for something new.
"More of a Sammy "The Bull" biography"
I loved the way she wrote about her father/daughter relationship with Sammy. The love and respect they have towards each other is amazing.
She had no emotion in her voice throughout the story and she seemed to stumble on her words.
Even though Sammy did a lot of horrible things, I still felt sympathy for him. I know that seems strange but maybe it's because the story is obviously bias. If there was a story from a victim's family perspective, I probably would hate him.
Do I feel like I wasted a credit? No. The majority of the book is about Sammy. He is a very interesting person to read about, only I wish Karen would have shared more of her own personal experiences. Whenever she did they came off as afterthoughts.
The middle of the book is almost a repeat of the first half, but the pace picks up towards the end.
"Interesting story but she is a terrible narrator!!"
While I don't doubt the validity of the story itself, I don't think Karen wrote it at all. the narration sounds like she is reading it for the first time. Her style of reading is choppy and detracts from the flow of the story. It is clear she is not reading using punctuation with odd pauses where there aren't periods and breathless periods of would-be run ons. The story is interesting but I wish I had skipped this one in audio format and just read the book. Usually I find autobiographies better when the writer reads them aloud, but that is certainly not the case with this one.
"Not very interesting.."
I am a big fan of Mon Wives, I guess that may be the only reason I tried this book. I do like Karin G, I just found her story a little boring. Maybe I expected something more "Soprano" like.
Drita-kidding, not sure.
The whole book was boring...poorly written.
Her voice was so monotone...no expressions, no enthusiasm, just blah! It made the boring book even more boring! I couldn't even finish it.
Horrible narration and the story has all been told already!!! Nothing new.....waste of a credit and my 8hrs of time!
"Feels like its lacking"
There really wasn't much of a story line
You could tell that there are things that she just is either unwilling to tell or unable to tell and it shows in the story.
I wouldn't have cut I would have added.
"Good story but,Karen reads like a second grader!!"
I would never purchase another book read by Karen Gravano.
The most interesting part was the peek into the Mafia life from the pov of the children. This book also jumps a lot from thought to thought. Sometimes a little confusing.
NEVER!! She reads like a second grader, I really couldn't believe how bad of a reader she is!
I believe that it would've been better if it were read by someone else, the story is there but, she makes it hard to get into it.
I can't remember the book, it's in my library but it's the story of a mafia's wife. loved that book too.
Her honesty throughout the book, expressing the pain she felt when her dad went to prison the second time and still there. I feel for her brother and most of all, for her innocent mother.
Yes, that part when her father went to prison the second time and she feels guilty about it. The whole book is amazing and moving.
Overall, i felt sad seeing how she had to endure, experience and live that life. I know it made her stronger and she's out of it, but going through it was totally hard! She is in my prayers and would love to get to know her someday. She is an amazing daughter, mother, sister and human being.
"It was ok. It could have been more substantive."
I liked the audio version better than the book.
Sammy the Bull
The life of a Mob daughter.
It was a decent book. I felt it could have contained more subject matter.
"Please don't waste your money."
If somebody else had read this book without the ridiculous mispronunciations and poor phrasing this could've passed as a decent audiobook. This woman can barely read let alone put on a good performance.
This book is very self-indulgent. At one point I found myself incredulous over her saying that somebody was prejudiced against gangsters. I could have accepted this story if you were even slightly remorseful of her fathers work life.
If I have to hear the word fustrated again I'll be very fustrated.
Most of it.
I had high hopes that this would be great. It was so disjointed and self serving it was actually anger inducing. Someone's obviously recently taught her the word "livid" and it's quite apt.
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