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The Ice Man Audiobook

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

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Publisher's Summary

Top Mafia hit man. Doting father. For 30 years, Richard 'the Ice Man' Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighbourhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey.

Kuklinski was Sammy 'the Bull' Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano, John Gotti hired him to kill his neighbour and he was also intimately involved in the killing of Jimmy Hoffa. He conducted this sadistic business with cold-hearted intensity, never disappointing his customers. For an additional price, he would make his victims suffer. By his own estimate, he killed over 200 men, taking enormous pride in his cunning and the ferocity of his technique. The Iceman is a blood-chilling insight into the mind of one of the world's most prolific contract killers.

Philip Carlo was the author of the international best seller The Ice Man, as well as The Night Stalker, Gaspipe and The Killer Within. He lived in New York until his death in November 2010.

©2011 Philip Carlo (P)2013 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"With brutal honesty, Philip Carlo writes from the heart" (Robert De Niro)
"A dramatic biography... uncovers Kuklinski's trail of blood in terrifying graphic detail" (News of the World)

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    Lee Newton Abbot, United Kingdom 14/12/2013
    Lee Newton Abbot, United Kingdom 14/12/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "An excellent listen - if you can take it."
    Where does The Ice Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good. It was very interesting and very gruesome but I did start to wonder about the veracity of some claims towards the end.


    What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Michael Prichard was excellent. He brought the whole thing to life and the distinctions between characters were clear and well judged.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's a hard listen at times due to the nature of the crimes but a glimpse into the underworld and mind of a truly cold killer is darkly fascinating. It was very easy to get lost in the story and to feel a sense of real unease when Kuklinski started to get ticked off with someone.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the claims made felt like they were starting to stretch reality a little bit, especially his dispatching of folks by rats and sharks that supposedly left zero trace. Also, the writer seems to rephrase the exact same paragraph when it comes to talking about Kuklinski's wife and kids. By the end of the book it was getting a little ridiculous. That said, I couldn't put it down and found it compelling listening. I would definitely recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 22/10/2016
    Andrew 22/10/2016
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    "90% pure bulls***"

    author didn't do the most basic research, just believed what he was told. mugged off!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 02/10/2015
    Sean 02/10/2015
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    "Not normally a subject I have much"

    interest in. started listening after a friend recommended it. I couldn't stop listening. disturbing in parts, just plain wrong in others. i found an attempt to illicit sypathy for the main subject quite annoying.
    on balance highly enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. V. Sibley Peterborough, UK 24/11/2013
    Mrs. V. Sibley Peterborough, UK 24/11/2013 Member Since 2013

    LFB Eddie

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    "Chilling"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ice Man?

    From start to finish this book gives a frightening insight into Richard Kuklinski's mind...shocking in parts but enthralling throughout. An absolute MUST READ.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon B The Moon 03/01/2017
    Gordon B The Moon 03/01/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "Full of gore...nice"

    Gory, dangerous and full of a good story find out how this man killed for over and over again. All in the name of the family.

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    Aaron 24/11/2016
    Aaron 24/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A Chillingly good book"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ice Man?

    Feeding people to rats.


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    He sounds like the Ice man would look like, so i could picture everything in the book well.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    What a life.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book.

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    MARCUS 10/11/2016
    MARCUS 10/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Graphic"

    I did not want the book to end, so graphic and just brutally honest and straight to the point from start to finish.

    A contract killer who took out mob bosses as a free-lance assassin.

    Richard Is terrifying but also likeable in this account, be prepared for tales of extreme violence page after page!

    BUY IT!!!!

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    Bobbie 16/06/2016
    Bobbie 16/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Mixed feelings"

    Thought story good but far toolong narrator good but story unbelievable at times. Would listen again

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    NEIL LAURENCE 08/03/2016
    NEIL LAURENCE 08/03/2016
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    "Brilliant"

    Awesome listen. Brutally honest and exceptionally violent. The narrater does a fine job of telling the story.

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    Amazon Customer 06/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    A really interesting and amazing insight into the life of a serial killer read very well and had me glued to my headphones, I'd totally recommend this book to anyone.

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