Raised by humans. Living at the intersection of necessity and free will.
Having seen the movie first, I came away from the book very impressed with how well Coppola treated the story. Anyone taking the time for the book will come away with greater insight of the characters and setting and will view the theatrical version with greater perspective. A solid story.
Like many, The Godfather is one of my favorite movies, but it had been years since I picked up the original. Mr. Puzo's masterpiece captures your attention from the first sentence and never lets up. The back stories which had to be cut in the movies for the sake of budget and continuity simply fill out the novel and give even more richness to the story. You understand the characters on the screen (and what makes them tick) so much better.
My compliments as well to Mr. Mantegna on a magnificent performance, particularly his Brando impression. This is a book that I will keep in my library for a long, long time.
Definitely, I would recommend this particular reading of the story to a friend because I enjoyed the reader's style, he really made the characters come alive.
So many, re-watched the movie after listening and really brought a lot more out of the story for me.
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IF YOU KNOW THE MOVIES YOU KNOW HOW GREAT THEY ARE..THE BOOK IS BETTER..WOW..WOW.THIS BOOK GOES INTO A LOT MORE THAN THE MOVIE.FROM LUCA BRASI TO JOHNNY FONTANE..JOHNNY IS A BIG CHARACTER IN THIS BOOK,HE HAS A GREAT STORY.JOHNNY AND NENO ARE A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN.YOU GET THE REAL SCOOPE ON LUCA BRASI.YOU GET THE STORY ON SONNY'S GIRLFRIEND,CONNIE'S HUSBAND..IF YOU LOVE THE MOVIE THIS IS A MUST READ..ITS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE,YOUR GONE TO LOVE IT!!!!
What a really good book. The things that were left on the cutting room floor are still in the book. I had no idea how much they chopped up the book when the movie was made.
The story is just as good today as it ever was, and if you are looking for a quality story this is one from the history of America.
Well worth the credit and listening time.🔫
Fan-fucking-tastic! Is there any other word that could better sum up one of the greatest books of the 20th century? As wonderful as the films are, it's a pity that they have made people forget about the book. Mario Puzo did, after all, co-write the screenplays for all three Godfather films.
The narration? Extraordinary. The best audiobook I've ever listened to.
I'm in awe of this book for a multitude of reasons, number one being the indelible mark it has made on Western culture ever since. The Godfather has achieved a state of popularity, much like The Lord of the Rings, that one doesn't even have to have read or seen The Godfather or its sequels in order to know something about it. It's lines are well-known and quoted and simply the rasp of Don Corleone is nothing if not the most famously recognizable voice of any character in literature or film.
What's the book about you ask? It's about everything. About power, money, corruption. It's about America, about immigrants. About war, honor, and, perhaps most of all, it's about family.
Its characters resonate with such life and familiarity that the depiction of the singer-cum film star, Johnny Fontane, caused Frank Sinatra to scream at Mario Puzo when the two happened to run into each other at a restaurant following the book's publication. The Godfather will cause you to scream too - both at the fact that books this good aren't written any more, and that a book this good was, at one time, written for you to now enjoy.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
Like most of the reviewers of this audiobook, I had seen The Godfather 1 and 2 movies a few times, but I thought I would like to see how the book compared to the movies. I was blown away by the book! We all know that when a book is made into a movie or movies, some scenes or story lines have to be left out in the interest of time. So, listening to the book filled in some blanks for me and expanded certain storylines.
The book actually covers most of Godfather 1 and some of Godfather 2. For me, the best part about the book was that it explained a lot of things. It gave more complete information on the pasts of the characters (like Luca Brazzi, Don Corleone, Clemenza and others), and more important, it explained the reasoning behind the decisions made by The Godfather and then by Michael Corleone, the finer points of a bargaining process, and the ways to deal with people so that they will love you and be grateful rather than resentful. In the movies there was no time for that, so the viewer had to try to figure it out. I think that failing left the Corleone's looking more villainous and heavy-handed in the movie. In the book you were able to see the Godfather through the Family's eyes and realize that he was, in his own way, an honorable man given the rules of his culture that he lived by.
Joe Mantegna was the perfect narrator for this book, and did an absolutely superb job!
Just finished being cooked by this one. The movie plays in your head the whole time you're listening. Coppola was amazing faithful to the novel, and the novel is so faithful to its cinematic portrayal of respect, cunning and other vital, lethal Cosa Nostra.
YES! I had always heard references to this book & never knew what they were talking about. I am so glad I read this book!
The description of the relationship of the family.
The main character by far. I expected blood & gore, but it was not that by any means. The language was not that bad either, which I was glad about.
This was a long book. I had to take breaks, but it had me thinking about the story in between sessions of listening.
Much better than I expected. Hint: the next two don't hold a candle to this book.
Yes. It is very entertaining.
Each character has his or her strengths and flaws, and they are developed effectively
Mantegna's attempts to channel Brando for the voice of Don Corleone was a treat.
No, too long. But it worked very well in multiple sittings.
I had forgotten how closely the movie script followed the book. The dialogue from the book is almost used word for word in the movie ---- both were exceptional in editing and implementation.