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The Irishman

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

The incredible true story of the death of Jimmy Hoffa, the most famous hit in Mafia history. Now a major motion picture.

The Irishman is an epic saga of organised crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th Century.

Spanning decades, Sheeran's story chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and it offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit against The Commission of La Cosa Nostra, the US Government would name him as one of only two non-Italians in conspiracy with the Commission. Sheeran is listed alongside the likes of Anthony 'Tony Pro' Provenzano and Anthony 'Fat Tony' Salerno. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the mob, and Brandt turned Sheeran's story into a page-turning true crime classic.

©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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I could've listened to it in one sitting

This is the most gripping non fiction book I have listened to. An incredible well written story about a very interesting life.

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A Must Listen

Not sure what to expect but I was blown away by the story. Every time I had free time I was listening, an amazing story

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The book that inspired the film The Irishman

The book is well narrated and the story enthralling. An historical non fiction tale of an Irishman who gets involved with unions and the mafia.

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Mystery Solved, Mind Blown

I know the film is coming so wanted to get through the book first and I couldn't stop. I listened as I drove, walked and between shifts. Incredible to think this s out there and people still doubt. A LOT of bonus / extra material that slams home the truth behind 'The Irishman'. Can't recommend highly enough.

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Thoroughly Enjoyed Listening from Newcastle, UK

Loved it cant wait for the Irishman to come out. Pleased the fact checking was so well done. Crazy life to live.

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Gripping

Awesome listening about a Mafia Legend . Worth reading/listening to..Highly recommended to any person any time.

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outstanding

If you don't know the story, you must listen thoroughly and will be gripped from beginning to end.

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Amazing

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

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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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  • 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