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.
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©2012 Ed Falco (P)2012 Hachette Audio
"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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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.
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!
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.
Becoming the Godfather
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.
drama thrilling and shocking
i love how the characters seem like their older counterparts.
i think his impression of the don was dead-on.
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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.
You will love this prequel that gives the backstory to many things mentioned in Mario's book. Very enjoyable listen as Bobby C does a great job. Highly recommended.
Best prequel ever.
Everyone, but Sonny especially.
He's excellent with different accents.
I would choose not to rename it.
A must-have for fans of The Godfather.
This book is a must read for any fans of "The Godfather." It gives insights to how the family came to power. The narration by Bobby Cannavale was good and the story was gripping.There is some graphic content that is definitely not for everyone. For me the only frustrating thing about this book is the repetition of the word "said" during the characters conversation. "He said, she said" etc. At some points it felt like it was every other word. This only a mild complaint as I still highly recommend this book for fans.
I read a copy of the book along with the audiobook so i think for The Family Corleone Bobby Cannavale voice is just as good as the print. The way he can switch between voices is great and makes the whole experience that much greater. The thing i like most about the audiobook was that it did not skip any part of the book it was read word for word unlike some audiobooks i have tried in the passed.
A lot, I think Ed Falco's depiction of the how the Corleone family was like before Michael's journey and the way he switches as one characters plot is about to thicken you jump right into to another character story line. He describers how Luca Brasi's life was like before he met Vito and how he can't die.
Spoilers!! My favorite scene from the book was when the Corleone family was at a parade and Cork tries to warn Sonny about the Irish going to attack and a intense gun battle brakes out and Cork tries to save Vito and accidentally shoots him but saves Vito because he shot him.
Not one thing wrong with Bobby Cannavale performance.
This book is very well done. Ed Falco's take on a book that was written 44 year prior is impeccable. Very well done. Bobby Cannavalle voive is spot on.
Being somewhat familiar with the Godfather series this story gets to the early times for Sonny Corleone and his family..
Yes, not a problem wanting to know what came next in the life of Corleone family.
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.
Luca and his girlfriend his storyline in particular moved me.
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.
older listener -- enjoys books rather than california traffic. enjoys running while listening -- or is it the other way around?
The inevitable climax
His intonations were very well placed
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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