When a book is made into a movie I usually expect the book to be a lot better than the movie. The Godfather is an exception, the movie follows the book pretty well. Feels sort of like a wasted credit, but it was done well.
every time he tries to get out they pull him back in.
This is definitely in my top 5!
Joe Mantegna was really good. (He sounded a little bit like the mafia character from the SImpsons but that only distracted me for a few minutes.) He was both powerful and understated in a way that perfectly fit the characters and story.
Read the novel, saw the movie both years ago, enjoyed listening to the audio version. Fast moving story detailing life as a mobster with a surprise ending. I enjoyed the characters and how each of them had their own story, how it unfolded and intertwined. Great attention to detail and the time span of the story was nice. Very enjoyable.
Love reading tech & business especially when it comes in a single book.
I have never read a fiction book on the mafia, so this was my first and it has been a great experience. The writing is brilliant and the narrator does a good job of reading it. However, on Audible there is also one with multiple actors. I would suggest that one since there are so many different characters in this book. But, without a doubt this was an awesome book and the narrator did a great job at portraying all the characters but one person can only do so much. Hope this helps!
I have never read a book on the mafia, so I am not a person to answer this question.
He does a great job, but there are so many characters in this book. Another Audible version has numerous actors I would recommend that just for the clarity of who is speaking.
Absolutely! It's the Godfather
Johnny Fontain. He showed a new side absent in the movie
Can't say. So very many. All were spot on.
My judgement clouded by the movie in which Michael was most memorable. Here in the book not so much.
Yes, Mr. Mantegna's breaths between sentences should have been edited. It was the only thing that prevented this book from being perfect.
Tell us about yourself!
When Sonny was murdered!
Michael's wife. I would like to ask her how she does it.
I was surprised at how much I liked this story since I am not usually interested in gangster stories. However, this was so good I found myself taking a whole new look at the genre.
Joe Mantegna's voice matches perfectly to the story. His character inflections are especially good. He doesn't overdo the accents and yet each character sounds distinctly different which is impressive considering how many characters are in this book.
I found I liked the complexity of the book and felt more sympathy for the characters than I have ever felt for them in the movies.
I loved the books, the movies, and this audio read by Joe Mantegna was as amazing! Joe did a great job bringing it all to life for me. Even though I knew the ending...it was still a suspense filled ride to the end!
I like the way the audio book brought supporting characters to life.
Joe is my favorite narrator.
No, it is not better or worse than the print version. It is different. A great narration with Joe Mantenga and it helps to set you in the place since we know he was in the movie.
I've read the hard copy multiple times and am a fan of the film series, so this is less a review of the story and more a review of Mr. Mantegna's performance. I simply couldn't pass up the chance to hear one of my favorite novels narrated by Fat Tony (Or David Rossi if you're a Criminal Minds fan).
All told, the performance was very good. His inflection and enunciation were very clear and even though its a story I know very well, it kept my attention and interest throughout.
If I were to offer one piece of negative feedback for this, it's that his attempts to mimic Marlon Brando's voice for Don Corleone falls flat for me. He seems to be forcing the soft rasp that's so iconic for the character, but to my ear, can't quite pull it off. It doesn't detract much from my enjoyment of the performance, but it is noticeable.