At first I was afraid I wouldn't be able to keep up with the all the characters, but honestly the complexity has made it a rewarding listen. In my opinion the movies were strikingly well adapted now that I've read the whole book--but there is enough extra content to make this worthwhile to read if you're a fan. The multiple narrators sounded just like the movie actors (WERE they the movie actors?) and the principal narrator speaks intelligently but briskly enough to keep the story moving. A++
The background and backstory of the characters
Luca brasi, he was stupid and cruel and scared me
Voices help in some of the conversations
I admit that, while I'm not fond of the mob genre, I love a good story well told and so am a huge fan of The Godfather. As a book Mario Puzo created vivid characters with language that compelled you to turn the page. As a movie, those characters were given breath and still live on screen. Unless they were involved in the plot against the Don...well then....that's another story.
As an audio book, the narration brings the life of the movie to the vivid details in the book. It's like getting the best of both worlds in one audio packet. I know for sure that I will listen to this book over and over again.
Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. The different voices for the characters in the book were a very nice surprise.
Michael Corelone of course. He was a very well rounded character.
I loved the story and the narration was outstanding. I loved the character readers. I did not want this book to end! This was my first Audible book, Awesome!
It's a classic! What more can you say.
I was only familiar with the movie. So hearing this as an audiobook was quite enjoyable... I really did get a new perspective of it.
I did not expect this to be so good. It's not a literary masterpiece -- in fact, the writing is laugh-out-loud bad in places -- but it's got a great plot and it holds up surprisingly well compared to the movie. There are far more details in the book that add depth and background to the characters and scenes in the movie. This is a guilty pleasure kind of a read, but anyone who likes crime thrillers should enjoy this. Puzo's pacing and plotting makes up for the turgidity of his writing. There's a genius to every move in the Corleones' war, and an explanation for a lot of character actions, that's lost in the cinematic version.
I can't really explain my love for this book. It's way outside my usual genre and frankly, it's kind of schlocky, but I have to give it five stars because I enjoyed it so much. It'd definitely worth reading if you've only seen the movie.
The voice acting for this audiobook is entertaining in a melodramatic way. You get heavy Italian accents, lots of low gangster drawls and shrill screeching women. I actually liked the primary narrator's voice, when not narrating dialog, the least, as he has a chipper "newsreader" voice that doesn't quite seem appropriate for a novel. Nonetheless, it was clear and made the story easy to follow.
I read so I can write
For all who have their heads in sand about what goes on in the wide wide world of crime and how much of ordinary every day life is affected by it, books like this offer some enlightenment. The Godfather movies were a big deal when they came out, but how much of it was believed to be real is in doubt. Anyone who has spent part or all of their life in New York or New Jersey has a better idea.
This book tells an interesting story using fiction to soften the blow. And it is well told. A book worth having and reading.