Joe Mantegna was the perfect choice for the narrator for THE GODFATHER. The timbre of his voice, his varied accents were all the perfect additions for the audio version of this novel.
Just as it was when I read this novel as a young mother, Michael Corleone was my favorite character. However, at this point in my life, I found him in many ways to be the most dangerous of the Corleone family. His choices were made out drop grief and need for revenge, while his father made his choices out of a sense of "necessity" or "practicality."
Mr. Mantegna's performance was so enjoyable by his inflection and interpretation. He did not try to replicate the female voices, but he just softened his voice. This was much more believable than an attempt to use a higher pitch to his voice. I also was pleased that there was only one narrator. This helped the plot to flow naturally.
A good book is to be savored, not devoured. Especially since I was revisiting this book, I did not want to rush through any part of it.
Since I have not read the novel I cannot knowledgeably compare the audio version with the printed version.
If I compared this novel with her other novels, I would say FLIGHT BEHAVIOR. Is almost as good as the others.
My favorite character would have to be main character.
The movie tag line based on this novel might be "One decision to run affects one woman's life forever."
Barbara Kingsolver as the narrator brought added pleasure to my listening experience. The one negative to the novel is it becomes a little "preachy" at times. Ms.Kingsolver's motives for writing this novel almost screams at you. Still, she is one of this generation's best storytellers.
The theme of this audio book was too graphic for me, so I did not continue listening after the first few minutes.
I did not read the print version.
Really, it compares favorably with most David Baldacci novels.
I truly enjoy reading novels more than listening to them, but lack the time to read as much as I would like so I supplement with audio books. So, the narrators don't add more to my enjoyment. However, they are two of my favorites, Ron McLarty especially.
I am so glad I did not pay attention to the negative review on the postings. The individual criticized the background sound effects, but I found out they were only used for the prologue. The negative review also criticized the relationship between the main character and the teenaged girl. Conversely, I found the relationship quite believable. This was not Mr. Baldacci's best novel, but it was worth my time to listen to it.
One of the best.
Probably when Michael saw Mary Katherine had returned.
I enjoyed their overall performances
No, I like to savor the story and want it to last.
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