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Michael

Spring Arbor, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (668)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "Best. Audiobook. Ever!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6268)
    Performance
    (5838)
    Story
    (5840)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Ponderous and tedious!"
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    I had high hopes for this book - being a lifelong fan of Star Trek and a long-time fan of Mr. Wheaton (both in Star Trek: TNG and his frequent media appearances in many formats).

    However, this book lost me in the first five minutes. This is in no way a criticism of Mr. Wheaton's reading as much as it is the publisher of this novel. In this day and age, any editor and publisher that allows a book to go out where the author ends EVERY sentence of dialog with "he said" should not be in business. This might be tolerable in written form - your brain can kind of gloss over the 100 repetitions of the phrase per chapter, but in audible form it is excruciating. I turned it off and won't be returning to it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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