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The Iceman Audiobook

The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer

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Publisher's Summary

At home, Richard Kuklinski was a dedicated suburban family man; on the street, he was the Iceman, a professional hit man and lethal scam artist, a man so heartless he kept one of his victims frozen for over two years to disguise the time of death. His personal body count was over 100, but the police couldn’t touch him. Then undercover agent Dominick Polifrone posed as a mobster and began a deadly game of cat and mouse.

The Iceman chronicles Kuklinski’s grisly career and exposes his murderous double life.

Anthony Bruno, a crime writer, is the author of 11 crime fiction novels and four books of nonfiction true crime. His nonfiction work The Seekers: A Bounty Hunter's Story, was nominated for an Edgar Award in 2001 for best fact crime book. His novel Bad Apple was adapted for television in 2004.

©1993, 2008 Anthony Bruno (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Iceman chilleth! Not for the faint of heart but a rousing, riveting read. I read it in one (scary) gulp." (Jack Olson, author of I: The Creation of a Serial Killer)

"Bruno has done an excellent job of re-creating the tension and stress Polifrone experienced in fulfilling his risky undercover assignment." (Publishers Weekly)

"Smoothly written…Bruno puts his writing talents to white-knuckle use with a tight focus on a killer with no human feelings except toward his wife and three sons…. A fast-paced, suspenseful re-creation of how a vicious killer was run to ground.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Daniel 20/06/2016
    Daniel 20/06/2016
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    "First Audible"

    Great insight. Narrator really made it. The 8 Hour drive was so much easier and quicker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris 19/02/2015
    chris 19/02/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Its a good one"

    Great performance, great story, had trouble turning it off. Narrater really made this one for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • M. Murphy
    New York City
    10/07/13
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    "Started out promising, but..."

    I really loved this book in the beginning, but soon realized the material the author had to work with was pretty thin and the book soon got very boring. It was a major disappointment when it got to the trial which was wrapped up in what seemed like minutes -- a real anticlimax. The narration was entertaining in the beginning, but the "goodfella" accents got really wearing after a while. Would not recommend to anyone.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • marguerite
    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States
    10/05/13
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    "Pass on this. Narrow plot line, mildly interesting"

    Story was confusing in terms of all the bad guys. Very narrow plot line. Narrator was awesome however. Pass on this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • JustBill
    Sheffield Township, OH, United States
    15/11/14
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    "I should ask for a bad book trade."
    Would you try another book from Anthony Bruno and/or Bronson Pinchot?

    No


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Iceman?

    True crime readers are a special breed.


    Any additional comments?

    This just was a book the Library of Congress really did not need.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Citizen Arcane
    8/01/13
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    "Bronson Pinchot. A Masterful Narrator."
    Would you try another book from Anthony Bruno and/or Bronson Pinchot?

    Pinchot, definitely- bruno, probably not. I thought that this would be about the extensive interviews that the Iceman did. It isn't. The Iceman interviews are far more chilling because it is an in-depth glimpse into what makes the Iceman tick and how he could live such a double life.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    He has showcased once again what an incredible range of accents and line readings he has. Incredible! Gave me chills.


    Any additional comments?

    For fun, I'd highly suggest listening to Pinchot's narration on the life of Angelina Jolie- the levels of annoyance, boredom and disgust (listen to the passage wherein Jolie describes her love of Billy Bob Thornton's nether regions. I laugh every single time. Yet still, he manages to rise above the dreck of the memoir and add gravitas to it. Listen to it-you'll see.)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • pscs
    Texas
    20/10/16
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    "What a sick-o!"

    Anyone who likes true crime I think would enjoy this book. I'm sorry he had a bad childhood...but many do and don't end up committing mass murder. He was indeed, COLD!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • B Rose
    Ivins, UT USA
    13/01/15
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    "Excellent true crime and narrator!"
    Would you listen to The Iceman again? Why?

    No once is enough.


    What other book might you compare The Iceman to and why?

    There's no comparison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many great scenes.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    What an undercover agent will go through to get a killer.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the book is about a horrible monster, it is one of the very best true crime books ever. The narrator has to be one of the absolute best I've ever heard! He did so many characters excellently!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/05/17
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    "Read the other Iceman book. This one is a waste of time."

    I've read the other Iceman book by Philip Carlo multiple times. Thank god I have because without that book it would be impossible to follow this one. This book jumps timelines every chapter, completely leaps past important events in Richard's life and reads like a fictional crime novel you'd buy in a gas station.

    Don't waste your time or money. Read the book by Philip Carlo.

    The narrator was talented and his accents and ability to portray multiple characters in a conversation was impressive but he spoke Richards "lines" in a whisper, not great if you listen to these books on the road. I was constantly turning the volume up and down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bob Kenyon
    Houston, TX USA
    24/03/17
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    "awesome"

    Not only was this a fantastic story, and a fantastic book, but the reading was perfect! I've listened to other books where the narrator is a bit over the top when it comes to reading as the characters, but this was PERFECT. I loved listening to this book, and I will be looking for more read by Bronson Pinchot for my next selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Wa
    26/10/16
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    "Awesome"

    This book was OK,a lot of stuff that really identifies the iceman wasn't there I've watched every documentary on Richard i have a small obsession with the iceman he's creepy and badass at the same time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/09/16
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    "a must read"

    I don't usually like these types of books but it is well written and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • kay
    10/01/17
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    "brilliant "

    brilliant book while i was walking and in the shower. would recommend to everyone. 5*

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arthur
    Gympie, Australia
    8/07/13
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    "Captivating Story, Poor Performance"

    This is the first time I have listened to a book that I have already read in 'hard copy'. Dont think I'll do that again.!! The story and factual portrayal is still riviting but the delivery is very weak. Its a shame that such an unbelieveable character is presented in such a limp way. The hard copy delivers the 'Ice Man' in such a cold and calculating way that you almost dont want to continue reading ! On a more positive note, if you havent read the hard copy first then the audio version would have a similar but , toned down impact, a good listen if you havent read it befor !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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