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Author: Andrea Giovino Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781481579940
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Andrea Giovino breaks the Mafia’s code of silence and describes the life of a woman born and bred into the Family—and her inspirational escape. Her defiant struggle to break free of her family’s criminal legacy is by turns horrifying and heartbreaking. As a child in Brooklyn, Giovino watched her brother become a hit man and helped her mother host card games for local mafiosos. As a sexy, street-smart woman, she earned a seat at nightclub tables next to John Gotti and took an emotional and bloody ride through organized crime that no HBO series could match. At home in her quietly luxurious Staten Island neighborhood of doctors and lawyers, she fought to keep her children safe—keeping the guns out of reach, washing bloodstains out of her drug-runner husband’s clothes—and maintain the household’s front as a model of American domesticity.

Murders, a DEA setup, and FBI wiretaps finally brought Giovino, her husband, and her brother to the brink of prison. Defiantly, she chose to retain her identity, facing down threats against her life and courageously separating herself and her children from the world of organized crime.

Now a model working parent, Giovino has penned Divorced from the Mob as an inspirational tale for all women, a perspective of mob life largely unexplored by film and literature, and a headline-grabbing exposé of organized crime told in a voice readers will never forget.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Veteran audiobook narrator Rosenblat delivers the memoir of reformed mob wife Andrea Giovino with energy, zest and a husky Brooklyn accent…Rosenblat’s ironic and earthy performance reveals Giovino’s complexity and humanity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Andrea Giovino’s story is memorable for its insights and scathing, ironic humor… Rosenblat’s performance makes this real-life Carmela Soprano a compelling figure.”


  • “An organized-crime woman recounts her ‘illegal, immoral, and unethical activities’ in a fashion that will make readers' hair stand on end, then fall out altogether.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Written with insight and self-knowledge, Giovino’s story is a revealing view into a subculture mostly known through the movies. Rosenblat’s voice captures the dialect and attitude of the author perfectly.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 10/19/2013

    " Interesting summer read (listen, actually), the expected mafioso stuff, but from a woman's point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 12/7/2012

    " So interesting to look into someone's vastly different life and upbringing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 7/6/2011

    " Not too bad. I listened to the audio book, and it was a great story. Casual in its telling, but great none the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 5/12/2011

    " I would have liked to read more about the 10 years between the last chapter and the epilogue. I guess that means a book 2.....???? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 9/5/2010

    " Nice twist on the true crime book: going straight "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/21/2010

    " The thrill of an emotional roller coaster keeps many addicted to danger. Andrea's story is sad, understandable and very brave. It is also indicative of the difference between the perceived glamour of the mob and a more realistic view of the behind the scenes reality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 12/25/2007

    " audio book - this was alright, typical "mob" stuff, had some laugh out loud moments though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 8/7/2004

    " Awe struck & fascinated by the life of this mob wife and those surrounding her. I found myself asking how things like this happen and continue to happen all around us. Fast paced and well written for a biography, but once again I couldn't finish it because of the harsh language. "

About the Author

Andrea Giovino, a mother of four, refused to enter the Witness Protection Program despite knowing there was a contract out on her life. Indicted in 1992 with her husband and brother on charges of conspiring to distribute marijuana and cocaine, she was relocated in return for her husband and brother’s cooperation with the government. She currently lives in rural Pennsylvania.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.