We all know this is a great novel, but the narrator in this audible will put you too sleep at the best. The narration is awful - save your money and read the book.
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The movie is a classic and Puzo's book is just as brilliant if not even better as it's filled with tidbits and details of information that better help explain certain things that the movies do not. Meanwhile, the production is top-notch and the narration is superb!
I didn't read the print version, but i loved listening to a full cast.
Very authentic. This started it all, right?
Deeper, richer characterization
Aren't there already like a million of these?
worth the time, but there were sections that could have been cut out. i imagine they were cut out in the abridged version.
"The Godfather" tells the story of the inner workings of an Italian Mafia family. The main characters are the Corleone family and its patriarch, Don Vito. When the book was written, there was some concern that it would glorify the illegal activity described within. For me, it achieved this as it was hard to dislike the Corleone family. I would liken them to a modern day Robin Hood as Don Vito helped the needy and doled out justice in a seemingly fair manner. Everything they did had a reason, and even murder seemed justified.
The character development was excellent and Puzo gave an in depth back story for many. Don Vito's birth name was Vito Andolini. When his father was killed by the Sicilian mafia, his mother sent him to America to protect Vito from the inevitable attempt to end his life. In America, Vito changed his name to Corleone, which was the city in Sicily he was from. Vito was a soft spoken man and not prone to violence. However, during the great depression money was scarce and he turned to robbery with his neighbors Peter Clemenza and Salvatore Tessio. When the local extortionist, Don Fanucci, demanded a cut from the robbery, Vito made up his mind to kill him, thus beginning his criminal career and sealing his destiny.
Don Vito had three sons, the oldest named Santino but was called Sonny. Sonny Corleone was in line to take over the family business and was being tutored by his father. Sonny had a short and violent temper, which proved to be his fatal flaw. The middle son, Frederico, called Fredo, was an obedient son, never questioning his father or embarrassing him in public. Fredo, however, froze under pressure and could not be counted on to run the family business. The youngest son, Michael, was the black sheep of the family. Michael wanted no part of the family business and went out of his way to avoid it. Going against his father's wishes, he enlisted in the Army during World War II, in which he was wounded. Michael was the intellectual in the family and attended Dartmouth college. Destiny had plans for Michael and circumstances brought him back into the family business.
Despite all the violence and illegal activity, I found myself liking the Corleone family. When the mob war started, I found myself rooting for their success. In the end, revenge was exacted against those who betrayed the family and the Corleones doled out their unique brand of justice.
I found the book to be very interesting and hard to put down. The only negatives I found were that Puzo's back stories were sometimes a bit long and distracted my attention from the main story. Also, the writing was at times too abrupt and didn't appear to flow seamlessly. Other than that, I was caught up in the story and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a Robin Hood type read and the ultimate brand of justice.
The full cast performances were simply superb. Not only were the characters easily recognizable, but also the emotions were excellently portrayed. This was just like watching the movie, only the action took place in my mind. I recommend this book without any reservations. It was awesome!
Its up there with my favorites. I will say I enjoyed it from the start and finished it a couple of days,
Great quality across all the characters.
The Godfather was a great movie, but the book answers a lot of questions that the movie creates. I did not realize from the movie that someone else took the blame for the murder of Solozzo and McCluskey so that Michael could leave Sicily and return to New York.
it was absolutely wonderful absolutely wonderful absolutely wonderful absolutely wonderful
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absolutely wonderful absolutely wonderful. what a great book.
The story is one we know, but this is definitely an example where the movie is better than the book. many scenes were so poorly written it made me cringe. I'm glad I have checked this off my list, and I can safely say I will not read another book by Puzo.
The performance was very well done. they made the most of a mediocre script. it is interesting hearing the performers match up to the voice structure from the movies. it helped bring the movie to mind, which helps improve the overall story.