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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Folsom Narrator: Josh Clark Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781615730230
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In 1960s New York, the Gallo boys were the bad boy underdogs. They wanted to overthrow the reigning Mafia dons and create a dynasty for themselves. Their underworld revolution was fueled by their immersion into the era's counterculture. Capturing the radi Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 2/7/2014

    " Great subject matter delivered with arrogant mediocrity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robel Getaneh | 2/7/2014

    " I liked this book! I enjoyed getting to know Joey and his henchmen and I felt like I was one of them throughout the book. I particularly liked the fact that Folsom also attempted to understand Joey on a deeper level so that he could understand the mafioso's reasoning for doing the things that he did. The story at times would jump around and that would throw me off the emotional high that I was on just a few paragraphs ago. I understand that this is a true crime novel and filling in the gaps is a bit hard for the author so I gave this book a 3 star rating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 aya | 2/5/2014

    " Great premise and subject matter, horrible execution. Badly organized, spotty, overly novelistic and unfocused. A book that has the sentence, "he didn't know nothing" and isn't dialogue is hard to take seriously. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Kiernan | 1/31/2014

    " Folsom tries to get too cute with his writing, and it comes off a bit stilted. I didn't really end up learning that much, when it should have been a fascinating story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug Allen | 1/25/2014

    " interesting story about the mob in new york, but written in a style that was a little hard to follow at times. i think this is largely because it was based so heavily in eyewitness accounts, and as any federal prosecutor probably knows, there's not a lot of people willing to go on record about the mob. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Staples | 1/18/2014

    " There wasn't enough substance in what was being said. It just touches lightly on each time or event. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eric | 1/16/2014

    " There was something in the way that this book was written, the style or the tone, that just drove me up the wall and didn't let me even get 100 pages in, which is a shame because I was interested enough in the subject matter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 matt | 1/16/2014

    " Disjointed and frequently unclear, Folsom does a poor job at expounding upon the numerous contradictions that made Joe Gallo such an enigma. Perhaps the forthcoming film (the Wiensteins financed the book) will do this story more justice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jay | 1/12/2014

    " A disappointingly shallow tale of gangster Joe Gallo and his brother. The author's overheated pseudo-hipster prose style was a major distraction, and as a storyteller he leaves a lot to be desired. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Therese | 12/24/2013

    " Book Jacket looks interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 12/22/2013

    " Village beat revolutionary mobsters from our old neighborhood in Brooklyn. There is no way I wasn't reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Hamrick | 11/29/2013

    " one of the best true crime books i ever read. his story is so giant in the early mob world, it made me take notes of places in NYC i want to see that have to do with the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 11/22/2013

    " Fast-paced and vastly entertaining. A little confusing at first -- Folsom throws a ton of different characters at you and it's pretty tough to keep up -- but I just shrugged my shoulders and kept reading, which was well worth doing. Finished it in a weekend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pat | 10/26/2013

    " Extremely annoying writing style. The author tries to be a Jack Kerouac/Jimmy Breslin hybrid but fails miserably. The story gets lost behind his attempt to be hip. Disappointing reading to put it mildly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marc A. | 12/21/2012

    " Very disappointing. The book is long at attempting a hip, hardboiled style, and short on the facts and eyewitness anecdotes that make the true crime genre so much fun for me to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dylan Lysen | 9/29/2012

    " The only snippet of information that I gathered from The Mad Ones is that Kid Blast is the most dope gangster name of all-time. The rest of the book is nothing I care for, and I am pretty upset that a book about a promising subject could end up being so worthless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 6/18/2012

    " I didn't much like the style of this book, the story was disjointed and had no flow to it. Felt I had more questions about the Gallo family, than answers after reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 6/6/2012

    " This book is an okay portrait of Crazy Joey Gallo it deals with his life but is quite short and does go into great detail about the mob wars that he and his brothers led against the Columbo family. It dealt a lot more with his celebrity friends and avant garde lifestyle "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Strahan | 2/25/2012

    " Presents a piece of organized crime history with a non-traditional theme, 60's pop culture. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trey | 1/8/2011

    " About hipster gangsters who revolt against the system, and in the underworld the sytem equals the maffia. So basically a bunch of nutty guys revolt against the maffia. Decent read, but they're making it a movie so why not just wait to see the movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 12/7/2010

    " I didn't much like the style of this book, the story was disjointed and had no flow to it. Felt I had more questions about the Gallo family, than answers after reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eric | 9/13/2010

    " There was something in the way that this book was written, the style or the tone, that just drove me up the wall and didn't let me even get 100 pages in, which is a shame because I was interested enough in the subject matter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Billy | 7/6/2010

    " A bit scattered and tough to follow. There's a lot of "Wait, who?" going on when you read it. Really was looking forward to reading this. There are some good gangster bits here and there, but you never really have an idea of what makes Gallo tick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 6/7/2010

    " one of the best true crime books i ever read. his story is so giant in the early mob world, it made me take notes of places in NYC i want to see that have to do with the book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pat | 3/11/2010

    " Extremely annoying writing style. The author tries to be a Jack Kerouac/Jimmy Breslin hybrid but fails miserably. The story gets lost behind his attempt to be hip. Disappointing reading to put it mildly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marc | 3/9/2010

    " Very disappointing. The book is long at attempting a hip, hardboiled style, and short on the facts and eyewitness anecdotes that make the true crime genre so much fun for me to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 10/22/2009

    " Village beat revolutionary mobsters from our old neighborhood in Brooklyn. There is no way I wasn't reading this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 aya | 10/4/2009

    " Great premise and subject matter, horrible execution. Badly organized, spotty, overly novelistic and unfocused. A book that has the sentence, "he didn't know nothing" and isn't dialogue is hard to take seriously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 9/24/2009

    " The idea of this book grabbed me--Crazy Joe Gallo in NYC consorting with the Beats and NY socialites, etc. But the book fell flat for me. I am glad that I got a peek into that time though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becca | 9/9/2009

    " Life's too short for odd duck stuff like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trey | 9/6/2009

    " About hipster gangsters who revolt against the system, and in the underworld the sytem equals the maffia. So basically a bunch of nutty guys revolt against the maffia. Decent read, but they're making it a movie so why not just wait to see the movie. "

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About the Author

Tom Folsom is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld. Folsom is also a writer, director, and producer of documentaries, and his work has appeared at Sundance and on A&E and Showtime. He lives in New York City with his wife.