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.
I loved this book. I found it interesting and was looking forward to each chapter. First time I've downloaded an audible book and found it great.
I would say buy this book to read rather than listen to as the narration is awful, it is unbearably monotone and robotic.
The content is okay, nowhere near as juicy as I thought it would be. It didn't make me warm to Karen either, more so her father.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Interesting from start to finish."
It was Interesting from start to finish. I've listened to it a few times and have shared it with family and friends. That's how much I love it!
"I really enjoyed this"
I found that Karen had alot more substance than I would have imagined. This is a very interesting peek into a life I cannot imagine. I liked her voice it was an easy listen.
"Always kept me intrigued"
While listening to this book I could hear the emotion of Karen Gravano and I never wanted to stop listening! Loved the book!
"love Miss Gravano, huge fan"
love Miss Gravano, always bn a huge fan. can't wait for more stories from her.
"Why? Why Karen? Just one "how to read" class."
I tried. I really tried. So upset cause it's Sammy the Bulls story by his daughter. "Why not a glass? Sorry, a case of wine. Anything to give light to that book Karen." I couldn't do it. I'm not a quitter til now. Damnit. !
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