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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (535 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Brandt Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9780739384459
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Updated with a conclusion by the author that features new, independent corroboration of Frank Sheeran's revelations about the killing of Jimmy Hoffa, the killing of Joey Gallo and the murder of JFK, along with stories that could not be told before.

Plans have been announced to turn "I Heard You Paint Houses" into a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese. The working title for the movie is "The Irishman".


The first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran were, "I heard you paint houses." To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa. 

Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually he would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures. 

When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, he did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. 

Sheeran's important and fascinating story includes new information on other famous murders including those of Joey Gallo and JFK, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that has become a true crime classic.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Gant | 2/20/2014

    " Outstanding first hand account by a dieing mobster. The rest of the book is very plausible. It is difficult not to believe his version of what became of Hoffa and "the body." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 2/17/2014

    " Whoa!!! Great story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theunit | 2/14/2014

    " "I Heard You Paint Houses" was a great read! I'm sure the movie will also be great. Can't wait to see the movie. They keep moving the date back......c'mon let's start shooting the movie! Hopefully Jack Nicholson will play Jimmy Hoffa...Jack did a great job in the movie "Hoffa". If not Jack........maybe Harvey Keitel as Jimmy? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monetta | 2/13/2014

    " I love a good conspiracy theory, especially when the mob is involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy Juhl | 2/13/2014

    " I read this one several years ago and was just reminded of it. Whenever I think mobsters I think about this book. I mean, who doesn't want to find out one of the biggest mysteries of our country - what happened to Hoffa? Nope, he's not buried in the cement under Giants' Stadium (Mythbusters debunked that one) but you'll find out what happened to him in this book (maybe). Anyway, it's a great guilty-pleasure-type of look into a world that most of us are dying to know about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/12/2014

    " I'm a bit of a mafia junkie, so I really enjoyed this book. Seems believable to me - what may have really happened to Jimmy Hoffa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deedee Light | 2/10/2014

    " Most believable account of the real resting place of Jimmy Hoffa. A real bonus if you are familiar with the Detroit Metro area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Martin | 2/1/2014

    " Very good, substantial book on Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, who indicates he took care of the matter involving his good friend Jimmy Hoffa. Chilling, though I have some quibbles with the way that Charles Brandt tells the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joni Wagner | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting, very plausible... seemed it could have been edited to be more clear and concise and shorter, it read as if it had been padded to make it longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 1/14/2014

    " So apparently the mob did kill JFK, but did it to get rid of Bobby? Excellent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Fink | 1/10/2014

    " I did not care for it. It had nothing to do with the writing style. I just did not like reading about killing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/31/2013

    " Great story about the hitman that claims to have taken out Jimmy Hoffa. It's supposed to become a movie with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Steele | 12/28/2013

    " Interesting so far, I think it's worth the read. Will update upon completion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 12/21/2013

    " Loved this book. Learned so much about the mafia and politics! Very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/21/2013

    " Troubling beyond words - an indictment of many,m many areas of American society "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Ann | 12/17/2013

    " Somehow Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran rose from petty thief to a friend of James R. Hoffa, and in turn the Italian mafia. It is difficult to tell the bluffing from reality, but it is an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/10/2013

    " The book gets a little long-winded and you're not sure how much of the story is true - reads like a movie. Otherwise, intriguing side of the Hoffa story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 11/3/2013

    " Great read, especially for someone from NEPA. Book gets into aspects of the mob and connections to the Buffalino crime family. The Hoffa part of the book are interesting and the author does a nice job telling the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 10/30/2013

    " I was appalled by the arrogance and ruthlessness of Frank Sheeran. At the end of the first chapter I almost stopped reading it but I continued on and finished it. I am afraid there is still to much of this lawlessness around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 10/6/2013

    " Lots of inside information about the labor unions and their relationship to the Mafia. Lots of Detroit detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Ewell | 9/19/2013

    " My mother loved reading true crime stories and everything gangster. Growing up, I knew all the big names, so I read this as an homage to her. The pacing was great and there were lots of sufficiently grisly details. My mother would have loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 6/19/2013

    " This is a first person organized crime book by a man who was a skilled assassin. If you are at all interested in the reality of that world then you will find this a compelling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 6/4/2013

    " Pretty interesting and not near as gruesome as you would assume. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Warren | 3/12/2013

    " Very interesting book. If you beleive the story Frank is telling, all the conspiracy theories on JFK, Castro, etc are given credit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Venere | 1/24/2013

    " It was the longest short book I have ever read. Interesting, but long winded at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robb | 11/3/2012

    " Not quite sure this closes the case on Jimmy Hoffa, but it IS an entertaining read nonetheless... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie Veacock | 10/8/2012

    " Interesting story of how WWII vet, Frank Sheeran, came to work for high powered mob bosses and teamster heavyweights. He sheds light on Jimmy Hoffa's last days, the workings of the mob and the Kennedy administration, and gives Philadelphians a glimpse into how our city fit into the union/mob puzzle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom prigg | 1/27/2012

    " Not only about Jimmy Hoffa but a good history of the interwinded relationships of the mob and politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randee | 6/27/2011

    " Incredible book. It's fascinating that this kind of activity was going on all around me while I was growing up. Crazy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 5/3/2011

    " A good read. Amazing that he killed so many people and, for the most part got away with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolathome11 | 4/8/2011

    " I did not care for it. It had nothing to do with the writing style. I just did not like reading about killing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raul | 9/24/2010

    " Thank you Alex Calvin for recommending this great book in your death book ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriellabella | 9/18/2010

    " I loved this book. Of course it's not a gospel of what exactly happened 'that' day, but gives a more realistic view. A little "godfather" in the way that almost look past these horrors Frank did, and see him as a nice guy that you have some emotion for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 8/30/2010

    " So apparently the mob did kill JFK, but did it to get rid of Bobby? Excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 8/19/2010

    " If you enjoyed Goodfellas, Casino or Donnie Brasco, this book is a must read. Brandt relays Frank Sheeran's story beautifully, from his rough upbringing all the way to his deathbed. Whether or not Sheeran really did kill Hoffa doesn't really matter because this is a masterfully told story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 5/13/2010

    " I was appalled by the arrogance and ruthlessness of Frank Sheeran. At the end of the first chapter I almost stopped reading it but I continued on and finished it. I am afraid there is still to much of this lawlessness around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joni | 4/30/2010

    " Interesting, very plausible... seemed it could have been edited to be more clear and concise and shorter, it read as if it had been padded to make it longer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 3/23/2010

    " The title pretty much says it all. Good true-crime book based on a former procecutor's interviews with the subject. "

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About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.