[Download] The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer By Philip Carlo

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

By: Philip Carlo
Narrated by: Michael Prichard
Length: 19 hours
Release date: Aug 29, 2006
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (86 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

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Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

Kuklinski was Sammy "The Bull" Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano at Spark's Steakhouse. John Gotti hired him to kill the neighbor who accidentally ran over his child. For an additional price, he would make victims suffer; he conducted this sadistic business with cold-hearted intensity, never disappointing his customers. By his own estimate, he killed over two hundred men, taking enormous pride in his variety and ferocity of technique.

Kuklinski's story, once known, captivated the public and became the subject of three HBO documentaries about which the New York Times raved "Few viewers are ever likely to forget this thoroughly chilling portrait. As for possible movie competition, it would work on the level of The Silence of the Lambs."
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70 Responses to “[Download] The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer By Philip Carlo”

  1. Matthew Tsien

    The Terror of Macabe Mafia Executions
    Ice Man is the true story of a Mafia executioner, a good husband, and a good father. His sadistical homicidal history makes the Nazi Regime or Jeffrey Dahmer seem civil.

    Pay your debts to the Mafia or die a horrible death at the hands of the Ice Man.

    He is believed to have tortured and murdered over 100 Mafia targets.

  2. Lera Stern

    I found this book intriguing. Certainly, the subject may have stretched the facts of some stories, but I found it believable. It was interesting seeing life through the eyes of someone on the other side of the average American experience. Be aware, the language is strong, but not constant. I have only found a couple of places in the book that were slow for a short period. I highly recommend this book unless you are easily “grossed out”.

  3. Dannie Valenziano

    So well written it caused me nightmares
    What did you love best about The Ice Man?

  4. Emmanuel Robertos

    A Homo Sapiens Life
    Amazing Story and Auto-Bio-Biography given his Chosen or Forced Profession. Horrible Parents Stanley Anna Kuklinski.

  5. Walter M.

    He wanted to be know as a nice-man. Dang!!
    great book and story. he really portrays the other side of a stone cold killer.

  6. Mei Speak

    Amazing book, and worth all of the nineteen hours!
    Couldn’t stop listening. Great book, and very well written. The story was absolutely amazing to hear, and not as unsettling as you’d think.

  7. Apryl Pela

    Entertaining and paradigm shifting
    If you are looking to shatter your beliefs about what humans are capable of and be shocked along the way, this is a great book. Kept my interest. Easy to follow.

  8. Jonah Ziems

    A better timeline than the videos
    I’m a huge fan of true crime stories. This was a thorough biography as well as use of interviews from the Kuklinski family. The narrator had a journalistic tone which seemed appropriate for the style of writing. A couple of short audio interviews with subject at the end of the book are satisfying too. Not too many gory details.

  9. Shu Przedwiecki

    The Ice Man Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer
    Good story about a cold blooded killer. Lots of profanity, but within the context of how the thieves, drug dealers, mafia members and the like probably speak. Hard to believe that the Ice Man could look so normal and be so abnormal, killing around 200 people. Law inforcement at the time looked for patterns to help identify suspects and this man varied his technique, leaving no pattern. The Ice Man was clever, suspicious and a master of his craft, killing. Without the unrelenting work of one cop, the Ice Man would have probably retired and died of old age without a trace.

  10. Johnie Boday

    Richard “The Ice Man” Kuklinski
    In this volume, Philip Carol tells us more about Richard Kuklinski – a serial killer for the mob. This is a very entertaining book and, perhaps, will engage individuals tangentially interested in “true crime.” After the first few chapters, Carlo’s reporting became somewhat repetitive. How many times can he describe Kuklinkski’s alledged mistreatment of his wife for example? How often can he tell the reader that Kuklinski was jealous of his son? I hoped for more insight into how a mob hit man thinks. On the other hand, this was a listen that reallly makes a long drive pass more quickly. There are surprises on every page. The narration of Micahel Prichard is excellent. If you are looking for insight, you might be disappointed. If you are interested in being entertained, this audio book just might do it for you.

  11. Gladis B.

    enlightening to say the least
    this was very enlightening and well composed or written. such an interesting look into the life of a very sick individual I guess is the way to put it. I found Richard quite interesting. it would of been interesting if you could take the exact same person and rewind his life. replace it with a very loving family to see the results.

  12. Janie Shadid

    Fascinating book
    I could not stop listening to this book. I found myself making extra time and staying up late just to listen, which is rare. This was my first “mafia” book, it’s not a subject I knew much about. After reading this book, I had to go check out the Iceman interviews on HBO and found those to be interesting too.

  13. Cleotilde Siurek

    Interesting because it is real
    The story kind of drags, but is interesting narrative on this guy. It is a glimpse into a dark world, proof that the only difference between the organized crime people and the radical terrorist in the middle east are 6,000 miles and one fight for money while the other mixes in religion a little more.

  14. Ina Goldrich

    great listen
    book was well read and great listen. reader was great. would recommed to all. couldnt wait to get back to book

  15. Steff Tripp

    The Iceman Cometh for You
    Brutally honest story of a tormented and abused boy growing up to be the tormenter and abuser of others as a paid killer for hire. His own insights into his character and actions are worth the listen. Notwithstanding a very gory listen.

  16. Hobert Garmon

    Kuklinski was a predator among the Mafia
    Kuklinski was a Assassin -he killed for profit and fun also as a expresion from his internal feelings ,hate lack of compassion .

  17. Adan Mcdanial

    one of the best Listenings , I have had
    truly one of the scariest men ,this Iceman was, a true murdering machine. his life from start to finish was full of treachery despair ,hate ,pain and most of all death.

  18. Corrine Butcher

    Incredible story. Riveting. Well written and read!
    Well written and read with perfect voice & expression. True story made it even more incredible. Enjoyed it start to finish.

  19. Jeanetta Ridlen

    Would you listen to The Ice Man again? Why?

  20. Joel Thanos

    Great book. Definitely recommend.
    Great narration, a lot of information I didn’t even know about the Iceman. Very good book.

  21. Boris Hotz

    Cat And Mouse
    This book covers so much. And the killings are beyond what most serial killers could even comprehend. Just a monster. Telling his daughter, “If I lose it and kill mommy, you know I’ll have to kill you too. But you’ll be the most difficult.” His daughters response: “Yes, daddy. I understand.” And yet he never killed women.

  22. Virgil M.

    A chilling story
    This will likely never be repeated by another human being. A superb recount by Phillip Corso.

  23. Boyd Markwell

    Ice Man
    The reason I bought this book. Is because I saw an interview with him and thought he was a very likable guy. The book is very interesting and I still think he’s a likable guy, however he is one sick individual. How someone could do the things he did is very scary for society. Not for the mofia people but for the everyday citizens that are totally innocent. To think that you could be walking down the street on a nice day and just be killed for nothing. I wish he would thought of how his kids would have felt if that happened to him. Very interesting though.

  24. Amado Renshaw

    Cliche-ridden fairy tale
    This book is hilarious. Supposedly a true account of Richard Kuklinski’s life, none of the subject matter is verified and simply taken as truth by the author. Furthermore, as others have stated, the editing is atrocious–the book is repetitous and full of cliches and trite phrases. The author tries to sensationalize everything to the point of non-belief.

    The repetition of this book is unbelievable. You will the same ideas over and over and over and over and over and over again.

    If I had the patience I would listen to the book again and count the number of cliches in this book. It’s got to be in the hundreds.

    I don’t think this guy was connected to the mob–just a wannabe. Not too many specific details in this book, just vague generalizations. I don’t doubt this guy is nuts and killed a few people but I think most of this is fantasy.

    As far as the story goes, it’s fairly interesting if you tolerate the repitition and the triteness.

    I suggest you read some reviews on service before you decide to invest a credit into this book.

  25. Isaiah C.

    couldn’t put it down
    I very much enjoyed this book. much the way you enjoy a good horror movie. Most of Richard’s active career occurred during my lifetime. I had no idea these things were taking place. Each morning and evening I looked forward to the next 90 minute installment of this book. The writing isn’t the finest and the narration was decent. The content kept me glued to the book. I don’t recommend this book to anyone that can’t handle real life horrors. If you can handle that kind of stuff, you’ll enjoy this book more than perhaps Richard deserves.

  26. Soon Zuniga

    Who would’ve thought I could hang in there for 64.
    What did you love best about The Ice Man?

  27. Cary Fjeseth

    Different story from movie and way better.
    Talk about a director changing the story. This book is way better then the movie.

  28. Cassidy W.

    If you love nonfiction books about real life
    criminals, then this book is a great read. I
    couldn’t stop listening. The narrator made it
    seem like you were right in the criminal’s mind.
    It’s hard to believe how this guy got away with
    so much before he was caught.

  29. Adan Mcdanial

    Unenthused narrator breaths loudly
    What disappointed you about The Ice Man?

  30. Linda Lou

    I never write a review without checking my facts using other sources. But I won’t here because the author didn’t verify a single fact for this book! All he does is parrot the implausible ravings of a sociopath. Richard Kuklinski was a legend in his own mind. He took credit for just about every unsolved high-profile including Jimmy Hoffa and mob boss Paul Castellano, along with the neighbor who ran over John Gotti’s young son. Ridiculous! After allegedly committing over 200 gruesome homicides, he’d never been arrested for so much as traffic ticket. NO ONE IS THAT GOOD! Either he’s a criminal genius or the New Jersey PD is the Keystone Kops. This guy could have been arrested with a cap gun and tin badge. I saw the HBO documentary years ago and actually believed that Kuklinski was a cold-blooded killer. But, after this book, I see now that he likely made up all of his crimes, even the ones he was convicted of. The author’s writing is that of a first-grader, simplistic and repetitive. No one independently confirms anything in this book. Richard is the one who says he a killer, a good-looking guy, a well-hung adept lover. No one else does. Anyone who’s seen or read anything on the mob knows they would never hire an unknown Polish thug from NJ for major hits. Kuklinski claims to have done hundreds of contract murders, trafficked in weed and cocaine, laundered money overseas, killed Colombian drug dealers AND a cop yet he couldn’t even afford an attorney for trial. Where was John Gotti’s legal team? Wouldn’t he want to protect himself after ordering the hit on Castellano? The only “hit” Kuklinski did was beat his wife for decades. When arrested, all he owned was .22 pistol. No assault weapons, no money, no bodies. Both the author and “The Iceman” are delusional. Save your money! Also read the reviews on service.com.)

  31. Jennifer Y.

    I couldn’t stop listening to this book!!
    Intense book. I couldn’t stop listening. It’s sad that Richard used his life for what he did. He had a passion to help children and cared for children who were in need. I wish his life had been better and different for his family and the many many victims he murdered.

  32. Evelynn Fritchman

    It is awesome story the ice man . Not that killing
    people is awesome. but i really enjoyed it . and i think others will .

  33. Rowena P.

    Great book
    Great book, I have always enjoyed this narrator, I have heard him many times on other books and he always does a great job. highly recommended

  34. Claude R.

    I really like the book it was well written.
    the story was written very well. nothing personal against the narrator himself but I do believe they could have used a different guy. the narrator sounded like Paul Harvey and there were several times I was waiting for him to go and now you know the rest of the story. LOL

  35. Bob B.

    Wow, oh wow.
    I almost feel uncomfortable to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
    This book was none stop. Every bit of the book kept me wanting to come back.
    I couldn’t wait for the drive to work or drive home so I could continue listening.

    From the first page I was captured. Usually books tend to drop off significantly after grabbing your attention but this one grabbed it and held on to it until the end.

    Through out the book I found myself feeling sorry for him, cheering him on as well as wondering how he could be such a monster.

  36. jodi.riedel

    Way too much . . .
    Would you try another book from Philip Carlo and/or Michael Prichard?

  37. Ali Farry

    Entertaining but disgusting account of a killer
    A good look into the life of a stone cold murderer. I never once got bored listening and was amazed that someone could be so cold and unapologetic regarding murder. The only problem that I had with the story was the glorification given to Richard and his so called morals about who he would kill.

  38. Mark S, Albany NY

    The author took what could be an interesting story and tortured it to death. The book is 19 hours long and much of the material is repeated throughout. The dialog between characters is amateurish and sounds as if Kuklinski wrote it himself. Many of the deeds he claims happened are hard to believe. Sorry for the spoiler, but ripping a car door off it’s hinges with his bare hands is just one example. Most of it sounds like the school yard bully or high school football hero reliving his glory days, exaggerating his feats and bolstering his own ego. The narrator tries to get the voices and inflections down, but I thought he only added to the amateurish sound of the book. He’d be better off reading the evening news then narrating a novel. I made it halfway through the second part and started looking for another book to download.

  39. Erasmo Kennebrew

    The definition of a monster
    Richard Kuklinski is a monster…flat out, there is nothing redeeming about this man. I first heard of him while watching an HBO special he filmed from prison. I cannot deny he is intelligent, he came up with some very cleaver ways to kill and dispose of bodies for the mafai, but he was so incredibly good at it because he truly has no feelings. The only time he even remotely begins to show remorse it is when he speaks of his family and how he caused them pain, but this is coming from a man who beat his wife so severly she miscarried her child immediately and caused a second misscarrage by making her sit on a chair in the cold and not move all night threatening to kill her family if she did…so I call BS on any feelings of remorse he claims to have.

    What i found most interesting in this story is 1. the background information on what it is like to be a mafia hit man and 2. how Richard’s early childhood may have shaped the man he became.

    This story is hard to read a times, but it’s a very interesting read, but you will need a strong stomach.

  40. Edgardo Mcdonald

    WOW!! Utterly gripping
    Holy smokes this book grabs you by the throat & chokes you the entire read. If you have a weak stomach or get squirmish with gory details then this book is NOT for you. But if you want to know about one of history’s most prolific contract murderer then this is a must read.

    Somehow you end up kinda liking the guy. I don’t know how that happens when in reality this guy was a cold hearted bad guy. Yet he had his soft spots & even behaved heroically at times, oddly enough.

    I’ve listened to this 21hr long book twice now & I can see myself going through it again at some point. I compare all other serial killer biographies to this one. I have yet to find one as interesting & gripping. Stop reading my comments & start listening to The Ice Man!!

  41. Kyle C.

    Fascinating listen!
    I remember watching confessions of a killer in the HBO series. So when I saw this audiobook I was drawn to it. The narrator completely holds your attention, at times even sounding like Richard Kuklinski. I had no idea about his horrific childhood nor his abuse to his family until hearing this book. Fascinating true story.

  42. Horacio Doxey

    luv’d it
    great story and a hard to put down book. Big Rich has a new fan.

  43. Elden Trussell

    Very Detailed. Couldn’t stop listening
    Takes a while to get into, but once you get past the first few chapters you will not put it down.
    I didn’t want it to end.

  44. Joeann B.

    this was a great book, from beginning to end. The narrator was perfect. if I had to sum up the book in one word, it would be, unbelievable!

  45. Brad Hullihen

    Interesting but repetitive mediocre writing
    This is a very interesting story but the author chooses to say the same thing over and over and over… sometimes I thought the book had track had started over on its own. The facts make the story compelling, not the author’s writing.

  46. Jefferson S.

    Incredible Story – terrible editing
    The story is almost unbelievable, and well written. The narrator does a great job.

    My one complaint – and it’s a big one to me – is that the editing stinks! It sounds like the narrator is on a ventilator, as you can hear the deep breathes he takes after each long paragraph. Of course, he needs to breathe….not his fault. But a good editor should removes any sound but the words.

    Sorry if this sounds knit-picky….but this is a bid peeve of mine. Any noise left in a production is enough to ruin a book completely for me.

  47. Nadine Bourns

    Good fk book
    This is a hell of a good book dam it was great time just flew by I know it was hella long good day y’all

  48. Naomi Skafidas

    great story
    honestly someone like Richard is rare a story talking about such things even more rare

  49. JustThisGuyYouKnow

    The most disturbing book I have ever read
    This audiobook is very, very graphic. It’s a story that, as a father, I found to be so brutal that I may not ever listen to it again.
    I shakes me deeply that a person like Richard Kuklinski ever walked this earth. His story is filled with such violence from the moment he entered this world that it was probably his destiny to be a merciless butcher.
    The book is well written and narrated but you have been warned, it is utterly bleak and as close as you may ever want to come to staring in the face of souless killer.

  50. Linzay

    What did you love best about The Ice Man?

  51. Wanda Huckabee

    Grossly captivating
    This book is an attention grabber and grossly captivating. I do, however, wish I wouldn’t have listened to the prison interview at the end. It was long, boring, and had very poor audio quality. The book was outstanding though.

  52. Dean

    How can a story about a hit man be so very boring?
    Too long, too boring, and too self-serving. It had its moments but I couldn’t even make it to the second part.

  53. Ashlea Preuett

    very educational…horrifying
    Love your family and be loyal to your partner. Read or listen to his story and then hug and love the people you care about…I will never see rats the same way.

  54. Soila Silvano

    terrible reader.
    the reader was terrible. could not even us the right pronunciation for the mob man mayo. would call him meyo. i don’t think the author kept to actual truth,based on the icemans own live confessions.

  55. Earl C.

    The Narrater did a good job but he sounded like he was suffering from asthma so it was often distracting other than that he was good. Book was great.

  56. Duncan Kohnz

    This book was a little difficult to listen to. Not because of the writing or the narrator but because of the actions of the “Ice Man”. I listened to this book almost a year ago and I still can not get parts of it out of my mind. This book is definatley not for children in my opinion. This book is not for the soft hearted either.

  57. Loriann Schoolcraft

    The story is chilling, the violence is visceral and raw and frightening. The prose is a little simplistic but overall doesn’t detract from the story. Two bonus pieces at the end give us a glimpse of the Iceman himself. In one he is evasive and seems to be playing games with the interviewer. The other is very different.

  58. Rodrick Hillary

    Best book I ever heard!! Incredible details.. heartbreaking and insightful. A truly unbelievable account of a sullen predator.

  59. Antoine Dothard

    intense loved it
    great listen
    narrator captures the essence of the iceman and brings the story to life.
    will register in the future

  60. Yi Lamkin

    Not for the faint of heart
    If you could sum up The Ice Man in three words, what would they be?

  61. Kevinowings

    mind blowing
    so far out of 100 books I read this year this is my number 1

  62. Sydney Dukart

    Great book
    Great detailed story amazing narrator worth every penny true crime at it’s best good introspective on mafia murders

  63. Essie Wobig

    Delve into the mind of a psychopathic serial kille
    The Iceman is one of the most notorious Mafia contract killers known and his story will leave you jaw on the floor. few people find their lot in life and fewer still are lucky enough to make a career doing it.
    I listened to this audio book almost non stop. Like most people I am intrigued by Mafia tales and orgin stories of serial killers and boy did I ever get both. amazing

  64. Alan

    I really enjoyed this!
    Where does The Ice Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  65. Daryl Wilkin

    An amazing story of a very bad person.
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  66. Sheldon Baggett

    This is not a lite read. It’s like watching a horror movie where you don’t really want to know what happens next but you can’t help but peek through your shielding fingers

  67. viviangrrl

    i’m calling BS
    i’ve seen all the iceman interviews on HBO – super fascinated by this guy, however this book…seriously!?

    they have a scene where richard is describing torturing some guy who he thinks gave up info on where a truck of goods was stored. per the book he burned the guys foot until they saw bone – the tortured guy denies everything…then they move onto his testicles – they get destroyed STILL NOTHING but all of a sudden when they head towards his penis, then this guy gives it up?! i don’t buy it for a second.

    Anyhow – for me, this seemed like a complete exaggeration of his life and crimes.

  68. CrayolaSmoker

    Interesting subject, but too long.
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

  69. Micheal Roush

    Jaw Dropping!
    What made the experience of listening to The Ice Man the most enjoyable?

  70. Dominic Weesner

    I’ve been a big fan of pieces about the Ice Man for years. I knew a lot of the information in a vague sense. But this story goes into detail you won’t get anywhere else. Fantastically done!

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