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Summary

The New York Times best seller

Who made the phone call that got HBO to launch the show? What’s the significance of all those eggs? And what the hell ever happened to the Russian? In Woke Up This Morning, Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa have all the answers - and they’re revealing where all the bodies are buried.  

Inspired by the incredibly successful Talking Sopranos podcast, The Sopranos stars Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti) and Steve Schirripa (Bobby Baccalieri) finally reveal all the Soprano family secrets in a surprising, funny and honest new book. Woke Up This Morning is the definitive behind-the-scenes history of the groundbreaking HBO series that became a worldwide cultural phenomenon, ushered in a new Golden Age of Television and to this day continues to be one of the most binged shows of all time.

Michael and Steve tell all the incredible stories that The Sopranos fans have been waiting to hear for more than 20 years. The book covers the entire history of The Sopranos series from the original concept pitch and casting to the infamous cut to black - and answer many of the thousands of fan questions sent to the podcast, as well as dispel some widely propagated myths and reveal things no one outside the show would even know to ask.

©2021 Michael Imperioli and Steve Shirripa (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Ever wished you could hang out with the cast and crew of The Sopranos and just listen to them trade stories? There are plenty of tantalising bits of trivia - Tony was Tommy Soprano in the pilot script; producers wanted Lorraine Bracco to play Tony’s wife, but she said she would only consider playing Melfi, the psychiatrist - but this isn’t just a trivia collection. Mostly it’s about friends and colleagues getting together to pay tribute to one another and to a series that rewrote many of the rules of television. Love and respect for the show’s star, the late James Gandolfini, permeates the book, as does admiration for the show’s creator, David Chase, who started with a vague idea about a crook and his mother and built it into something that’s almost Shakespearean in its thematic scope. For Sopranos fans this one is an absolute must-read." (Booklist)

"Essential for fans, with a revelation on every page.... Devotees will revel in the stroll into series minutiae." (Kirkus)

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Unnecessary

WTF! It’s just the same stuff from the podcast ( almost word for word ) but acted out without the real stars ( except Steve and Michael ) I love the sopranos and the podcast but this is one step too far. It’s like book about the podcast that is about the sopranos.

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Sopranos (A Killer Hit)!

An absolute must buy for any type of fan of the series. It won't disappoint.

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Moving stuff

Great job by all analysing the greatest tv show ever. The information makes me want to stay another rewatch

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Magnificent

As a massive fan of the show I was so excited to get this as soon as it was released. I have to say that it doesn’t disappoint. Yes, there could have been more characters from the show - Paulie and Adrianna for starters - but it’s still a marvellous listen.

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Massive Disappointment

I love the Sopranos, without doubt one of the top 5 TV shows ever made. Massive fan.

This was so badly put together. The narration is awkward and just doesn’t flow well at all. Plus, the got actors to play the parts of the cast they interviewed ?! What’s that all about.

The final straw was when Michael refused to say what the significance of 3 o’clock was from one of the series, that it would go to the grave with him. Steve said, people have paid money for this audio book they want to know…….no secret revealed. Thanks goodness for Audibles excellent refund policy.

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enjoyed every min

Big fan of the show and podcast ...good banter with Steve and Micheal Five star

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Excellent way to experience oral history

A work of nonfiction that is an oral history is so perfect for an audiobook adaptation as the words on the page come alive when spoken by the interviewees