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I Heard You Paint Houses

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
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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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Take with a trailer-truck's worth of salt

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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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Amazing

It's a must listen too. Some very interesting reading / listening in the master piece

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Impossible to take seriously...

Whilst I have no doubt that the narrative consists of statements and comments actually made by Sheeran, the accounts depicted sound like the ramblings of a compulsive liar. I don't find his accounts of events to be based in reality. Anecdotes and quotes allegedly made by figures sound entirely fictitious and it's impossible to shirk the feeling that the book is entirely dedicated to pandering to a sociopath.

After I came to this realization I stopped reading. I could no longer believe anything I heard. It's a glamourous fictionalization of true events told with unverifiable bravado.

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Intriguing

Not a subject I knew lot about but was well told and, while I dipped in and out, fascinating and hugely annoying at intervals.
How come the 'good' guys are always late to the party?

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Wow a book with everything

What a story action packed well written totally believable had me gripped from start to finish

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amazing

loved everyone second of it. cant wait till film comes out ! ! ! !

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Fantastic!

I have never been into the mob/ mafia but this book really turned me! Brilliant

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truly outstanding!!

can't wait for the movie, this book will get you from the beginning until the end

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I Heard You Paint Houses

Gripping and detailed account of the Hoffer disappearance and the back story surrounding JFKs murder a must read before the release of the film in 2019.

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Great story. Addictive listening!

Narration brings the story to life. Intriguing and informative take on the mafias involvement in the dissapearance of jimmy hoffa and the assassination of jfk. highly recommend and looking forward to the movie!

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  • Anthony O'Sullivan
  • 12-05-18

Savage book. Really glued to this

The book is a real eye opener into the Nadia. It gets heavy in the middle for an hour but the end makes up for it. Fantastic book