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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (805 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lorenzo Carcaterra Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2001 ISBN: 9780553753868
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Love. Violence. Destiny. These powerful themes ricochet through Lorenzo Carcaterra's new novel like bullets from a machine gun. In Gangster, he surpasses even his bestselling Sleepers to create a brutal and brilliant American saga of murder, forgiveness, and redemption.

Born in the midst of tragedy and violence and raised in the shadow of a shocking secret, young Angelo Vestieri chooses to flee both his past and his father to seek a second family--the criminals who preside over early 20th century New York. In his bloody rise from soldier to mob boss, he encounters ever more barbaric betrayals--in friendship, in his brutal business, in love-- yet simultaneously comes to understand the meaning of loyalty, the virtue of relationships, and gains a perspective on the lonely, if powerful, life he has chosen.

As the years pass, as enemies are made and defeated, as wars are fought and won, the old don meets an abandoned boy who needs a parent as much as protection. By taking Gabe under his wing and teaching him everything he knows, Angelo Vestieri will learn, in the winter of his life, which is greater: his love for the boy he cherishes, or his need to be a gangster and to live by the savage rules he helped create.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rickhow | 2/15/2014

    " Without question one of the best books I ever read. Clearly the title tells the subject so there is no need for me to blather on about the story. The to my view beats the Godfather by far and why there has not been a movie or tv miniseries made based on this book is beyond me. I could not put it down. I gave a copy to my 90 yr old father and he read it in two days, also loved it. If you don't give this a try you are simply nuts :) :). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linnea Hammargren | 2/13/2014

    " Lorenzo Carcaterra has a way of writing that makes me feel a part of the story - captivating, raw, touching - and even with the quite violent theme it has a special kind of beauty to it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Princesscj1989 | 2/11/2014

    " I loved this book, not the type of book I'd usually go for but it was amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Arnett | 2/4/2014

    " One of my favorite books. I've read it several times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 1/21/2014

    " Absolutely loved this book, could not put it down...read it in 4 days! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 1/16/2014

    " I'd have given this a 5 except for one little thing. You show me a man with stones big enough to save his own son from a life of evil by killing him and I'll show you a man with the stones to make his way through life. I know, if Vesteri's father had shown that resolve, then Ang would likely never have gotten into the life so it had to be that way. Still, Carcaterra is a good enough author to have conjured up something better. A really good read otherwise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Lynn | 1/15/2014

    " Picked it up out of boredom. Then read it in one day. awesome book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francisco | 1/3/2014

    " Angelo Vestieri is the coldest ganster I know. He is colder than all other gansters I have read about or saw in movies or tv shows. I mean he is as ruthless and vicious as he is efective and intelligent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clive Weaver | 12/17/2013

    " This is probably my favourite book, from the opening chapter in draws you in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/4/2013

    " If you enjoy mobster stories, this book is a must. Lorenzo Carcaterra paints an awesome picture of the mob life - the respect, honor, loyalty, and danger that shape a gangster. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 10/16/2013

    " Ending - sucked. :) okay, maybe it was just a tad predictable. I would have rated this 2.5 stars. Definately not my favourite mobster read. Maybe I should stick to true crime. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ron | 10/7/2013

    " Nancy - 3 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 5/26/2013

    " Fantastic novel about New York crime boss Angelo Vestieri's rise from sickly immigrant to the most powerful man in America. Written by the same author who wrote Sleepers, the book followed the standard Godfather/Goodfellas route, but was all the better for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 5/2/2013

    " One of my favourite books of all time. I have read it twice already and I'm preparing to read it a third time. Realistic, gritty and heart warming. A must for anyone and everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette Eklund | 2/25/2013

    " Not my favorite Lorenzo Carcaterra book, but still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Mandly | 1/27/2013

    " I liked this much better than the previous Lorenzo C. book. These were kind of "pay if forward" gangsters LOL but the story moved along nicely. Good read - I'm on board with Carcaterra... Thanks to Brooks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/7/2013

    " I found this book to be really good and like the authors style, interesting story of italian gansters & life growing up in New York City. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cian | 1/6/2013

    " maybe the best book i ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/18/2012

    " Wasn't sure what to expect when I started to read it. It started out slow for me; couldn't really get into it. Shortly thereafter, I was hooked!! Great book! Look forward to reading more by this author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TJ Shelby | 9/20/2012

    " The best mafia book since anything written by Mario Puzo. A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry | 9/5/2012

    " enjoyed, will be checking out more boos by author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryschawn | 8/30/2012

    " i like what i"m reading so far.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.J.K. | 7/11/2012

    " I love organized crime. Especially true mafia stories like this one. I wish Carcaterra would have written more. Good easy read. Knocked it out in about 3-4 days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolina | 6/3/2012

    " You love mafia, you will love this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig Stratton | 5/16/2012

    " This is not as good as The Godfather, but this gangster book is great. I love the story of the mob back in the 30's 40's and 50's. Those parts of mob stories are always the most compelling, in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megs | 5/5/2012

    " so good. great author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 4/16/2012

    " Very good. Very engrossing. Story of boy raised by a gangster. "

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About the Author
Author Lorenzo Carcaterra

Lorenzo Carcaterra is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sleepers, A Safe Place, Apaches, Gangster, Street Boys, Paradise City, Chasers, and Midnight Angels. He is a former writer/producer for Law & Order and has written for National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times Magazine, Details, and Maxim. He lives in New York City and is at work on his next novel.

About the Narrator

Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen. He first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. His name has become synonymous with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser since he has narrated the entire series.