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The Family Corleone | [Ed Falco]

The Family Corleone

For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important than his family's future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny - 17 years old, impatient, and reckless - wants something else: To follow in his father's footsteps and become a part of the real family business.
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Publisher's Summary

New York, 1933: The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organizations will rise and which will face a violent end.

For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important than his family's future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny - 17 years old, impatient, and reckless - wants something else: To follow in his father's footsteps and become a part of the real family business.

An exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence, of loyalty and betrayal, The Family Corleone will appeal to the legions of fans who can never get enough of The Godfather, as well as introduce it to a whole new generation.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


©2012 Ed Falco (P)2012 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Channels the original so well that readers will be vividly reminded of Puzo's strengths...His moments of blam-blam-blam are ace. Best of all, he supplies a grand set-piece finale--a parade--that will have readers dreaming of just one more movie." (Booklist)

"What works well is Falco's depiction of Vito Corleone, which captures both the cool reserve of young Vito and the insight he demonstrates as Don....A worthy addition to the lurid world of the Five Families." (Kirkus)

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    richard San Anselmo, CA, United States 05-19-12
    richard San Anselmo, CA, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2006

    63 y/o psychologist with two sons, living in SF Bay Area. I absolutely love all the feedback I've been getting for my reviews. It's very gratifying. Thanks to all of you.

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    "Too many rub outs. Too little originality."

    This book is based on the screenplay by Mario Puzo, which is based on his book. The movie, The Godfather, is a lasting masterpiece, a lily which truly should not be gilded. This work is totally derivative. The only aspect I can recommend is Bobby Cannavale, a narrator who really should do more audiobooks, IMHO. The plot, such as it is, is in the first half almost completely devoted to Luca Brazzi, a very minor character in the movie, and deservedly so. He is a monster, and an utterly worthless one. Not to be a spoiler (OK, just a little spoiling, only as rotten as Luca), he actually throws his newborn infant in a furnace, while allowing the mother of the child, whom he calls a whore, to die from neglect. If you like this sort of thing, I just do not know what to say. As for the rest, it is devoted to the many killings necessary to the struggles for supremacy of the various Italian (and Irish) families of New York. Bobby Cannavale does a very good Vito Corleone. The other gangsters are completely without redeeming qualities. Sonny is impulsive, childish, dishonest and brutal. How about that? Who'd a thunk? Michael is a small child who carries all of Vito's longing for legitimacy. Almost every aspect of the plot is already known to us. There is nothing new here to catch the imagination. Everybody kills everybody. Film at 11.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 09-10-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2009

    An avid reader, who also loves to listen.

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    "Outstanding: An Instant Classic!"
    Where does The Family Corleone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This could possibly be the best book I've ever listened to. The writing is excellent, the narrator is amazing and the story is one of the best ever told and is just as good as the other books that were written as part of the Godfather saga.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is superb. Such an interesting take. Doing a prequel for the Godfather was in ingenius idea. The whole time you are just wondering what will happen next and whether or not it will tie into one of the Godfather movies that have already been published. I can't wait for the movie to come out for this version!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There isn't one particular scene that is my favorite but I loved learning about Luca Brasi and the smart man he was prior to evolving into the not so smart monster that he was in the original Godfather movie. I also loved learning about how Michael, Fredo and Sonnie were as kids growing up in the Corleone family.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Becoming the Godfather


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator truly is one of the best narrators I've heard. Every character he does sounds exactly like the characters sounded in the movies. This is must listen for anyone who likes the Godfather.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    michele cincinnati, ohio, United States 06-11-13
    michele cincinnati, ohio, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "the family corleone is good"
    If you could sum up The Family Corleone in three words, what would they be?

    drama thrilling and shocking


    What did you like best about this story?

    i love how the characters seem like their older counterparts.


    What about Bobby Cannavale’s performance did you like?

    i think his impression of the don was dead-on.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


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    Ernest Washington, DC, United States 03-18-13
    Ernest Washington, DC, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "U need to know the whole truth to know the story"
    If you could sum up The Family Corleone in three words, what would they be?

    Make the movie


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Family Corleone?

    When don Corleone realize that he's a mobster in the eyes of Sonny


    Have you listened to any of Bobby Cannavale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No,but I will listen to him anytime, if you know him from hbo then u will love him


    If you could rename The Family Corleone, what would you call it?

    The rise of the Corleone family ( An America Family)


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best in the series of Godfather book but apart of the Godfather story that needed to be told and should have been, next up is the story of the Corleone family in 80s to the2010s

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    Judy Punta Gorda, FL, United States 12-02-12
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    "Good Read on the Early history of Sonny Corleone"
    What made the experience of listening to The Family Corleone the most enjoyable?

    Being somewhat familiar with the Godfather series this story gets to the early times for Sonny Corleone and his family..


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, not a problem wanting to know what came next in the life of Corleone family.


    What does Bobby Cannavale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Liked his tone and correct Italian pronouncment of the words. Wish there was more Italian words added in the story, that seems to bring you in the book even more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Luca and his girlfriend his storyline in particular moved me.


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    "a good airplane read"

    It is not hard to keep up with all the players and you do know how it is going to end. But the interaction between the characters and ethinc groups keeps your interest up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tonydinardo@earthlink.net Upland Ca.lifornia 07-12-12
    tonydinardo@earthlink.net Upland Ca.lifornia 07-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "This was a surprise -- but the familia is happy"
    Would you listen to The Family Corleone again? Why?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Family Corleone?

    The inevitable climax


    What about Bobby Cannavale’s performance did you like?

    His intonations were very well placed


    Who was the most memorable character of The Family Corleone and why?

    Sonny


    Any additional comments?

    It is impossible to advance the reputation of the Corleones. But this novel captured the essence and Cannavale's impersonation of Marlon Brando was spot on and should make Brando turn over in his oversized coffin

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    Stephen Hoover, AL, United States 07-03-12
    Stephen Hoover, AL, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Lived up to the Godfather!"
    Would you listen to The Family Corleone again? Why?

    I would listen to the book again. It was well written and I liked the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vito Corleone. He was the stoic Don - the Godfather. I also enjoyed getting additional background on Luca Brasi.


    Which character – as performed by Bobby Cannavale – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed them all. No favorite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    It was interesting listening to parts are the story and knowing what was in store for them in the future years.

    Several reviews that have been written complained about too many killings, too much sex, and too little originality. I think they were listening to a different book. Don't be swayed by these reviews. They are way off!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DARBY KERN Green Bay, WI United States 06-24-12
    DARBY KERN Green Bay, WI United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great reading of a good book."
    If you could sum up The Family Corleone in three words, what would they be?

    Sonny's bloody rise.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters have more to them than we could have imagined. Luca Brazi has a backstory that I probably wouldn't have guessed. He's more than just a large, dopey killer.


    Which character – as performed by Bobby Cannavale – was your favorite?

    It's hard to chose just one, Cannavale does a great job with the voices. His reading of Frankie Pentangeli was perfect- you could even think it's Joe Gazo reading it. His Vito Corleone is pretty well done too, and doesn't veer into a caricature.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Five Families are four too many.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know exactly how much of this book is directly from Mario Puzo's script, which was only half a movie to begin with. My guess is that Ed Falco had a fairly free hand in crafting much of this story and I think he did a great job. This is a book I enjoyed MORE than the original novel, The Godfather, which rambled into some lurid and even silly areas (seriously, who cares about Lucy Mancini's vaginal surgery?). The Family Corleone tells a tight, cohesive and fast paced story without wandering. The dialogue is good and the story has the feeling of authenticity. The only thing I noticed, and I may be wrong, is the timing of Laguardia being mayor of NY. I thought it was a little later than what this story covers. No big whoop.

    What Falco does right is he doesn't try to weave too much historical info into the story that everybody knows the outcome. The example that comes to mind is the assassination attempt in As Time Goes By. You know it will fail because that part of history is fairly well known to us. Sure The Godfather Part 2 showed us the fall of Cuba, but Michael was not instrumental in that in any way so there is a question of survival for him and Fredo.

    Bobby Cannavale does a great job reading this book. His voices are true and the character readings are spot on. He keeps the book interesting, even during the exposition. No matter how well written it is exposition is still exposition, but Mr. Cannavale does a very nice job with it.

    If you know and love these characters The Family Corleone is a great place to find out how well you really know them. It's a fun ride too. Well worth your credit or money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Franklin, IN, United States 05-20-12
    George Franklin, IN, United States 05-20-12
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    "All they do is have sex"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If it were not for them having sex the audio would be 15 min


    Has The Family Corleone turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What didn???t you like about Bobby Cannavale???s performance?

    Not sure


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would be XXX


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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