• Il Dottore

  • By: Ron Felber
  • Narrated by: Jim Knobeloch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-07-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (1 rating)

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Larger-than-life figures John Gotti and Paul Castellano figure prominently in Ron Felber's compelling Il Dottore, based on the true story of "mob doctor" Elliot Litner, a self-described "nerdy Jewish kid from the Bronx" who found the allure of the La Cosa Nostra lifestyle too difficult to resist.

Jim Knobeloch's authoritative, no-nonsense performance pulls no punches and captures the grittiness and volatility of the mafia's heyday in the 1970s and 80s in Felber's unflinching look at the consequences of getting involved with "made guys".
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Based on true events, a vivid behind-the-scenes look at the New York Mafia and the story of one man's struggle with good and evil. Il Dottore is the true story of a "nerdy Jewish kid" from the Bronx who, through a series of circumstances, became physician to top Mafia Dons including John Gotti, Carlos Gambino, and Joe Bonanno. At the same time, his reputation as a medical genius was spreading, and he was fast becoming one of the nation's leading cardiac surgeons. Ron Felber paints a vivid portrait of this doctor's unlikely life in the fast lane as he becomes a top confidante of New York's most notorious criminals. Eventually he is forced to make a choice between his loyalty to the mafia and his medical career.
©2004 Ron Felber (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ella on 13-01-06

Enlightening Story of a Very Different World

This book was incredible. What a story! The life of a respected doctor and how he lives a reckless double life. One life with the most notorious mobsters in New York and the other with his Jewish wife and children. It's amazing this guy lived to write this book. What shocked me most, is how involved the mob is in every aspect of business, government, politics. They have their hand in everything. Very scary stuff. It was interesting to hear how instrumental Rudy Giuliani was in bringing down some of the most famous Mafia leaders.
I found the narrator to be quite good too. He has the inflection of the mob down pat, but needs to work on his Jewish accent. I actually had my jaw drop more than a few times throughout this book. It was a gripping and extraordinary listen.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Caroline on 18-07-05

Incredible life of a reckless man

I loved this book, it is a well written true story about a doctor who gets in bed with the mob and lives a crazy life...lives barely! The only problem I had was with the narrator. You hear his wheezing and sucking in air as he reads the story. It was a bit distracting for me.

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