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.
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.
I have never seen any of The Godfather movies.
Actually 4.5 stars, I wish we could half stars, but I decided to round it up instead of down.
I think I read this book right at the right time. I had many favorite characters. Michael stands out the most. I truly enjoyed the scene that was ultimately the catalyst for his transformation. Then following him through his change.
I liked hearing about Johnny Fontaine and the Hollywood life of the 1940s. It also blows my mind that everyone seems to beat their wife and this is acceptable by EVERYONE!! Seriously.
Now to the Don. He was so smooth and I had complete confidence in him. Despite the terrible things he did in his life to take the law into his own hands, the short part in the novel where his early life was described was my favorite part of the whole book, I think. The explanations for his actions and how he became a man of such morals and values was plausible and therefore very interesting for a patriotic, law abiding citizen like myself!
I will watch the movie asap. Can't wait!
Great story. Strong character development. I couldn't stop listening.
The entire book.
Family, Friendship, Forever
Don't miss this book!!!!
The movie was great, but the book is even better. Characters become more detailed. Story is fuller. Joe Mantegna is a superb narrator. Don't pass this by just because you think you have seen it. One of my all time favorites from Audible.
I am a married 52 year old mother of 2 adult kids. I started listening to audiobooks for entertainment while driving to work. I am hooked!
I have seen the movie so I had an idea what the story was about, but listening to the audio book I could keep up better. Also, having seen the movie it was like the images were running in my head as well.
The catalyst, when Sonny Corleone spoke out of turn at the "sit down" This one action set so many things into play. What he said, gave the other Don's the idea that he would go a different direction than his father Vito.
It was dead on perfect!
Yes! I really started audiobooks for my commute, but I made every attempt to listen to this one all the time. I would pick this book over watching TV.
A great listen! If you love Mafia story's this is a must. The Corleone family is the most interesting of all mob families.
I am probably in the minority that hadn't seen the movie prior to listening to the audiobook. But I did like the audiobook so much I then sat down and watched the movie. It is remarkable how closely the movie adhered to the book - but as with all great books it is hard for any movie to compare with one's imagination properly inspired.
The book was very enjoyable and the performance was very well done. Women's voices weren't that great, but there are relatively few female characters in the story and it was certainly good enough.
The book also fills in so many (unavoidable) holes in the movie I can't imagine any Godfather movie fan not thoroughly enjoying revisiting their favorite mafia family again.
Joe Mantegna brings an excellent voice to help this book come to life. It also helps that he was in godfather 3.
This book wins the prize for most graphically pointless scene in written history thus I give it four stars. You will learn more about surgery than what needs or be know. Other than that it's awesome.
As this is my first read/listen to The Godfather I was surprised by how much more detail, material and additional story lines there are in the book than in the movie.
He does "voices" without doing "voices". His performance is not hammy, or over the top.
Great story and great narration by Mantegna