I was a small kid when Coppola's Godfather was released, so my experience with Puzo and the Corleones originated on the screen. This was a great audiobook--the writing, the story, the performance. I enjoyed it all. And the differences (there is so much more to the storyline, of course) are a treat to discover. The audio performance redefined the characters in my head and they stopped being Pacino, De Niro, Brando, Shire, Duvall and simply became the Corleone family. Excellent.
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This was an interesting story, but I don't think I will read more in the series, reading about criminals is just not my thing.
Probably not, but only because I think I got everything out of it that I could. Is there a Part II?
Michael Corleone. Very sympathetic, and yet ruthless.
This is the first I've heard with more than one narrator. I liked that the one reader didn't have to stretch for many different voices. All sounded quite good.
Now I have to go back and watch the movies.
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As someone who grew up on the movies, it was good to get a more complete picture of the Corleone family, which this book provided. Puzo's writing is good, I suspect as good in his medium as Coppola in his own.
The other Puzo books, of course, though they are a bit harder to keep up with, because I'm not familiar with where the plot will go next, as I was with The Godfather.
It was a good decision to do this audiobook this way - there is a lot of dialogue - though I found myself envisioning the cast from the film delivering the lines, for good or ill. Michael in particular sounded to me like they intentionally hired someone whose voice was similar to Pacino's, which was probably for the best but a bit distracting.
If you liked the films, this should hold your attention well. It moves along at a brisk pace, but anyone familiar with the general arc of the story should be fine.
The very talented cast made the experience of listening to the book more like listening to a fabulous radio drama. The narrator was crisp and each of the cast members made their characters distinctive and compelling.
Michael Corleone is a smart man with a complex mind and an evolving perspective of the nature of good and evil. While I doubt he would open up at dinner, he would be charming company.
So many people can recite lines from the spectacular film version of the book yet have never read the source material. The film edits out several major subplots in order to make the narrative coherent and focused. The book tells a broader (not better) story that offers its own rewards.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
I was so looking forward to reading this book....I used to see it on my parent's nightstand, and of course, I adore the films. But the production is HORRIBLE! The guy who narrates it has a sharp,jarring voice, but then they got all of these very amateurish "voice actors" to do the dialog.
It's a hot mess. It's hard to listen to and I am SO disappointed. If this is the only Godfather on Audible (I haven't checked), do yourself a favor and read this one in print. Or get a different version w/o the full cast.
Audible: Please re-record this book. It's so hard to listen to. Any capable reader (Simon Vance comes to mind) could have read and it and it would be a home-run.
I like some full cast readings.... The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Gone Girl and The Help come to mind as books I very much enjoyed with different readers taking on various roles (but none of these books have a narrator and then the dialog), I wish I wouldn't have let it sit in my library for so long without at least trying it out, because this one deserves to go back to Audible...but the time has past where I can return it.
Seek out a different version, if one exists, or read this book in print. Unless you don't care about the readers....then I guess someone might like it....but for listening to Audio books, the narrator can make or break a book for me.
This one simply is overproduced.... YIKS!
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I love audio books because of the freedom it gives you to catch up on books otherwise to busy for. S when I listened to this book OMG it took me in the room with each and every person in the book. I was in Italy and new York las vegas ect....I felt more emotion listening to it than watching it! I have seen the movie a million times as most of us have! I cried when tom was about to tell the"Don" about the death of his son! I held my breath and teared up! I looked forward to each and every spare time I had to enjoy this masterpiece!!! I couldn't believe a full cast with a guide (Narrator) to keep us abreast to where we were! All I can say is Wow! It was like a fantastical mystical bedtime story told by an elder in the family with great recollection! My only annoyance was Mario Puzo repeating over and over and over again sonny's feature's > I got it the first 10 times in the very beginning a cupid's bow face yet masculine but chapter after chapter cupid's bow this and that it made me think of Sonny as a possible contestant on Rupauls drag race! I know it sounds harsh but come on the majority of us get it after possible the first time. but i'll give 2 but no kidding 10+ wow! I hated when sonny died but finally no more fragile yet masculine cupid's bow! ok done ranting! Loved it plan on listenin to it many many many(lol) more times! Awesome! Amazing! Definitely Astonishing!
You all know the tale from seeing the movie. Well... you kinda do at least.
I'm surprised that noone is making Mario Puzo an offer he can't refuse to get more of this story. The book leaves so many loose ends that, if it weren't for the movies, I would be camped out in front of his house until a new book was complete.
Having watched the Godfather many times I had forgotten much of the original book since my first reading (in the 70s). Listening to it many years later was a purely delightful experience allowing me to both recall images from the move mixed with the natural visions you develop when reading a book. By far one of the more realxing listens. For anyone who has both read the book and seen the movie (years ago) it is worth going back and simply enoying the performance.
There are too many but one that I have always enjoyed is the meeting in Las Vegas where everyone realizes that Michael truly is the new Don.
He helps you envision the scenes from the movie with his character voices. But it is his narrative voice that you begin to realize is what truly delives the experience.
You do not change perfection.
Not especially. I love the Godfather and have read it before and (of course) seen the movies many times. The narration was unsettling. Having one reader to do the narration and a host of others to read the dialogue was off putting to me. It was more like a radio dramatization than an audio book.
The Don himself.
HA! Is there anyone who hasn't seen The Godfather?