• It's Just the Way It Was

  • Inside the War on the New England Mob and Other Stories
  • By: Joe Broadmeadow, Brendan Doherty
  • Narrated by: Frank Clem
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In It's Just the Way It Was, Joe Broadmeadow and Brendan Doherty take you inside the investigations, covert surveillance, and murky world of informants in the war against organized crime. Make no mistake about it. It was a war targeting the insidious nature of the mob and their detrimental effect on Rhode Island and throughout New England.

Indeed, the audiobook reveals the extensive nature of organized crime throughout the United States. From the opening moments detailing a mob enforcer's near-death in a hail of gunfire to the potentially deadly confrontation between then detective Brendan Doherty and a notorious mob associate Gerard Ouimette, this book puts you right there in the middle.

Most books on the mob tell a sanitized story of guys who relished their time as mobsters. As Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguys put it, "Most mob books are the egomaniacal ravings of an illiterate hood masquerading as a benevolent godfather." This is not that kind of book. This is the story of the good guys. It's just the way it was.

©2019 Joe Broadmeadow (P)2020 Joe Broadmeadow

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Narration was horrible. So many mispronunciations it made it hard to listen to. The story jumps in and out of first person narration creating a confusing follow. The story is extremely choppy. It does not follow a timeline or natural progression. One chapter has nothing to do with the next.
I grew up on the RI / MA border during this time period and had really high hopes for the book. Stuck it out until the end and wish I didn’t.

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Rhode Island Mob Story

I really enjoyed the book. my only gripe is the narrator mispronounced so many different names and places...And consistantly saying "omerta" as "O-mer-RAHT-ha" was pretty funny for a mafia book. But overall good book. Read it.