Divorced from the Mob: My Journey from Organized Crime to Independent Woman

By Andrea Giovino , with Gary Brozek
Read by Barbara Rosenblat
Produced by Talking Book Productions

9.60 Hours 05/01/2004 unabridged
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Andrea Giovino breaks the Mafia’s code of silence and describes the life of a woman born and bred into the Family—and her inspirational escape. Her defiant struggle to break free of her family’s criminal legacy is by turns horrifying and heartbreaking. As a child in Brooklyn, Giovino watched her brother become a hit man and helped her mother host card games for local mafiosos. As a sexy, street-smart woman, she earned a seat at nightclub tables next to John Gotti and took an emotional and bloody ride through organized crime that no HBO series could match. At home in her quietly luxurious Staten Island neighborhood of doctors and lawyers, she fought to keep her children safe—keeping the guns out of reach, washing bloodstains out of her drug-runner husband’s clothes—and maintain the household’s front as a model of American domesticity. Murders, a DEA setup, and FBI wiretaps finally brought Giovino, her husband, and her brother to the brink of prison. Defiantly, she chose to retain her identity, facing down threats against her life and courageously separating herself and her children from the world of organized crime. Now a model working parent, Giovino has penned Divorced from the Mob as an inspirational tale for all women, a perspective of mob life largely unexplored by film and literature, and a headline-grabbing exposé of organized crime told in a voice readers will never forget.

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Summary

Summary

Andrea Giovino breaks the Mafia’s code of silence and describes the life of a woman born and bred into the Family—and her inspirational escape. Her defiant struggle to break free of her family’s criminal legacy is by turns horrifying and heartbreaking. As a child in Brooklyn, Giovino watched her brother become a hit man and helped her mother host card games for local mafiosos. As a sexy, street-smart woman, she earned a seat at nightclub tables next to John Gotti and took an emotional and bloody ride through organized crime that no HBO series could match. At home in her quietly luxurious Staten Island neighborhood of doctors and lawyers, she fought to keep her children safe—keeping the guns out of reach, washing bloodstains out of her drug-runner husband’s clothes—and maintain the household’s front as a model of American domesticity.

Murders, a DEA setup, and FBI wiretaps finally brought Giovino, her husband, and her brother to the brink of prison. Defiantly, she chose to retain her identity, facing down threats against her life and courageously separating herself and her children from the world of organized crime.

Now a model working parent, Giovino has penned Divorced from the Mob as an inspirational tale for all women, a perspective of mob life largely unexplored by film and literature, and a headline-grabbing exposé of organized crime told in a voice readers will never forget.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Veteran audiobook narrator Rosenblat delivers the memoir of reformed mob wife Andrea Giovino with energy, zest and a husky Brooklyn accent…Rosenblat’s ironic and earthy performance reveals Giovino’s complexity and humanity.” Publishers Weekly
“Andrea Giovino’s story is memorable for its insights and scathing, ironic humor… Rosenblat’s performance makes this real-life Carmela Soprano a compelling figure.” AudioFile
“An organized-crime woman recounts her ‘illegal, immoral, and unethical activities’ in a fashion that will make readers' hair stand on end, then fall out altogether.” Kirkus Reviews
“Written with insight and self-knowledge, Giovino’s story is a revealing view into a subculture mostly known through the movies. Rosenblat’s voice captures the dialect and attitude of the author perfectly.” Kliatt

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Author Bio: Andrea Giovino

Andrea Giovino, a mother of four, refused to enter the Witness Protection Program despite knowing there was a contract out on her life. Indicted in 1992 with her husband and brother on charges of conspiring to distribute marijuana and cocaine, she was relocated in return for her husband and brother’s cooperation with the government. She currently lives in rural Pennsylvania.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 9.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English