Avid reader turned listener.
Always have wanted to read this book since seeing the movie. I was surprised at the writing skill demonstrated by Puzo. It was overly simplistic and explicit in the story line. "He knew he had to show that he trusted him so he shook his hand and smiled." It was very naked in this way. I didn't appreciate that. Almost as if it was written for a less intelligent audience. Additionally, the Johnny Fontane story line absolutely blew. I'm sorry, it just was awful. I wonder if I'd have felt differently if there wasn't a movie made, but it just had no purpose here. He rambles on for chapters about Johnny Fontane and I hated every line.
In all, I would not recommend this book to read. I bet there are other more entertaining and better written books about the Italian Mafia.
I basically put my life on hold till I finished this one. A must to listen! The narrator is amazing - deserves an award for performing. He nailed it- from the intonation to the New York Italian accent!!! BRAVO! I am almost sad it's over.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
There is a strange appeal to stories like this; stories that expose the dark underbelly of society. It is somehow fascinating to peek into the violent world of organized crime. I listened to this book after I had already watched the first two movies, so my opinion was already partially formed. The first “book” of the novel was nearly identical to the first movie and, even without Brando, Pachino, Duval and Caan, this is an enthralling story. After this initial sequence the novel expands greatly upon the back-story and we get to know, if not to love, Vito Corleone and the other Siclian Underworld figures.
This novel reminds me of the Parker novels of Donald Westlake—at least in one sense. The character Parker, a career thief, and Don Corleone both share a sense of honor among thieves. For both, occasional violence is strictly business; a necessary part of the job. It is simply the way things get done. Violence is to be avoided until it is necessary, but then it is to be persued with alacrity and vigor. Strange as it may be for me to say—you may think—in a way this is a humorous story. Perversely, the murder and mayhem become a sort of expected punch-line to every anecdote; the rim shot that punctuates every plot episode. These men feign to be cultured and respectful to each other; family men, business men—men of deep principle, pillars of the community. Yet they are the worst kind of blight on society. Evil masquerading as good.
Joe Mantegna has a great Italian accent that adds to the verisimilitude of this story of the Mafia. His character voicing is well-suited for each of the people is the story. Without his voice this would still be a fine story. Joe Mantegna makes it truly great.
This audio book is my favorite so far! I was read with a voice that could only make the book better. I will coming back to The Godfather soon. Made me want to re-watch the movies too. Something I like to do after listening a good audio book.
You will not regret this one. Joe Mantengna performance was spectacular.
Like me, you may be thinking: "I have the movie memorized, should I really check out the source material?" And the answer is: "ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY." There is not much I can say that hasn't been said:
- Incredible performance
- An absolute MUST for fans of the film (the book clarifies some plot holes that always bothered me)
older listener -- enjoys books rather than california traffic. enjoys running while listening -- or is it the other way around?
Puzo's masterpiece needs revitalization
The wedding scene
Sonny -- i knew such as he when i grew up
I've seen the movie so many times I stopped counting. I've enjoyed the book just as much. I thought some of the character storylines could have been saved. Nevertheless I found the book helpful in clarifying alot of storylines in the movie.