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.
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.
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