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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 Mantegn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Pamela Arnett | 2/4/2014

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

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