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The Godfather | [Mario Puzo]

The Godfather

The Godfather is an extraordinary novel which has become a modern-day classic. Puzo pulls us inside the violent society of the Mafia and its gang wars. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power.
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Publisher's Summary

The Godfather is an extraordinary novel which has become a modern-day classic. Puzo pulls us inside the violent society of the Mafia and its gang wars.

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.

Mario Puzo, a master storyteller, introduces us to unforgettable characters, and the elements of this world explode to life in this violent and impassioned chronicle.

A multi-voice production, including narrators Dan Price, Lorna Johnson, Don Stroup, Terry Bozeman, Richard Lavin, Amy Sunshine, Larry Brandenburg, Rose Nadolsky, Peter Syvertsen, Jane Brody, Bob O'Donnell, Joe Van Slyke, Marie Chambers, Si Osborne, Chuck Winter, Charles Fuller, and Malcolm Rothman.

©2004 Mario Puzo; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Filled with the requisite valor, love, and rancor of a great epic, The Godfather is the definitive gangster novel." (Amazon.com)

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    K San Francisco, CA, United States 07-11-12
    K San Francisco, CA, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the Story - Hated the Narration"
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    I loved The Godfather when I read the book. Also I am a big fan of the movies (I & II). I really enjoyed hearing the story however the narration is really distracting at times. The main narrator uses very little natural inflection in his voice so he sounds flat and unaffected by what he is reading. He's too stiff. The other narrators, those that "portray characters" are pretty good. Kay Adams even sounds a bit like Diane Keaton. And I can completely envision Pacino's Michael from the voice of his narrator. Overall, the time and money investment was worth it but I wonder if I would have enjoyed Joe Mantegna's (aka the Simpsons' Fat Tony) performance more.

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-11-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-11-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Better than the movie!!!"

    The movie is a classic and Puzo's book is just as brilliant if not even better as it's filled with tidbits and details of information that better help explain certain things that the movies do not. Meanwhile, the production is top-notch and the narration is superb!

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    Hal VT Bennington, VT USA 07-04-14
    Hal VT Bennington, VT USA 07-04-14 Member Since 2009

    High school history and psychology teacher and coach

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    "Nicely done"
    What did you love best about The Godfather?

    As someone who grew up on the movies, it was good to get a more complete picture of the Corleone family, which this book provided. Puzo's writing is good, I suspect as good in his medium as Coppola in his own.


    What other book might you compare The Godfather to and why?

    The other Puzo books, of course, though they are a bit harder to keep up with, because I'm not familiar with where the plot will go next, as I was with The Godfather.


    What about full cast’s performance did you like?

    It was a good decision to do this audiobook this way - there is a lot of dialogue - though I found myself envisioning the cast from the film delivering the lines, for good or ill. Michael in particular sounded to me like they intentionally hired someone whose voice was similar to Pacino's, which was probably for the best but a bit distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the films, this should hold your attention well. It moves along at a brisk pace, but anyone familiar with the general arc of the story should be fine.

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    Barry Deerfield, IL, United States 01-20-14
    Barry Deerfield, IL, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfect Rendition of A Masterpiece"
    What does full cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The very talented cast made the experience of listening to the book more like listening to a fabulous radio drama. The narrator was crisp and each of the cast members made their characters distinctive and compelling.


    If you could take any character from The Godfather out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Michael Corleone is a smart man with a complex mind and an evolving perspective of the nature of good and evil. While I doubt he would open up at dinner, he would be charming company.


    Any additional comments?

    So many people can recite lines from the spectacular film version of the book yet have never read the source material. The film edits out several major subplots in order to make the narrative coherent and focused. The book tells a broader (not better) story that offers its own rewards.

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    James Turner Temecula, CA USA 08-29-13
    James Turner Temecula, CA USA 08-29-13
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    "Fantastic Story and Production"

    Like many, I was familiar with the story from the movie, although it was a bit foggy.

    It took me a little while to get used to the narration and the full cast, but after the first or second section, I was really enjoying it. The main cast was very good. A few of the very minor characters weren't acted as well or over-acted, but were quickly gone.

    The story was, of course, more fleshed out than the movie. Quite adult in tone and details. Not for the faint of heart!

    Highly recommended.

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    sonya Brockton, MA, United States 07-10-13
    sonya Brockton, MA, United States 07-10-13

    i am a fashionista nerd> I am studying as well as practicing Medicine. I am also a Phd student . I love mathamatics as well. Shopping !!

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    "astonishing brought me into the fantastic world"

    I love audio books because of the freedom it gives you to catch up on books otherwise to busy for. S when I listened to this book OMG it took me in the room with each and every person in the book. I was in Italy and new York las vegas ect....I felt more emotion listening to it than watching it! I have seen the movie a million times as most of us have! I cried when tom was about to tell the"Don" about the death of his son! I held my breath and teared up! I looked forward to each and every spare time I had to enjoy this masterpiece!!! I couldn't believe a full cast with a guide (Narrator) to keep us abreast to where we were! All I can say is Wow! It was like a fantastical mystical bedtime story told by an elder in the family with great recollection! My only annoyance was Mario Puzo repeating over and over and over again sonny's feature's > I got it the first 10 times in the very beginning a cupid's bow face yet masculine but chapter after chapter cupid's bow this and that it made me think of Sonny as a possible contestant on Rupauls drag race! I know it sounds harsh but come on the majority of us get it after possible the first time. but i'll give 2 but no kidding 10+ wow! I hated when sonny died but finally no more fragile yet masculine cupid's bow! ok done ranting! Loved it plan on listenin to it many many many(lol) more times! Awesome! Amazing! Definitely Astonishing!

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    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 07-01-13
    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 07-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "No wonder this made a great movie"

    You all know the tale from seeing the movie. Well... you kinda do at least.

    I'm surprised that noone is making Mario Puzo an offer he can't refuse to get more of this story. The book leaves so many loose ends that, if it weren't for the movies, I would be camped out in front of his house until a new book was complete.

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    Lawrence Marshall, VA, USA 04-04-13
    Lawrence Marshall, VA, USA 04-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Worth going back and re-reading (listening)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Having watched the Godfather many times I had forgotten much of the original book since my first reading (in the 70s). Listening to it many years later was a purely delightful experience allowing me to both recall images from the move mixed with the natural visions you develop when reading a book. By far one of the more realxing listens. For anyone who has both read the book and seen the movie (years ago) it is worth going back and simply enoying the performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Godfather?

    There are too many but one that I have always enjoyed is the meeting in Las Vegas where everyone realizes that Michael truly is the new Don.


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

    He helps you envision the scenes from the movie with his character voices. But it is his narrative voice that you begin to realize is what truly delives the experience.


    If you could rename The Godfather, what would you call it?

    You do not change perfection.


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    Karen United States 03-31-13
    Karen United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2011

    BigZ's Mom

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    "Unsettling Style"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not especially. I love the Godfather and have read it before and (of course) seen the movies many times. The narration was unsettling. Having one reader to do the narration and a host of others to read the dialogue was off putting to me. It was more like a radio dramatization than an audio book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Don himself.


    What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

    See above.


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

    HA! Is there anyone who hasn't seen The Godfather?


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    Amazon Customer Farmington, Utah, United States 03-27-13
    Amazon Customer Farmington, Utah, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2013

    A retired teacher who focused on 2 areas: effectiveness to sr .mngmt of large orgs. worldwide, & more effective ways to learn new languages.

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    "Professional narration of this book is great!"
    Would you listen to The Godfather again? Why?

    Yes! It's so well written, so well narrated, and so full of challenges to our notions of right and wrong, that I wonder why we didn't have professional narration before?


    What other book might you compare The Godfather to and why?

    :Les Miserables or The Brothers Karmazov


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    The variation on accents, emotions, and giving the sense that your are right there listening.


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

    If I could, but it's a bit log to be able to do that. Breaking it into sessions works fine with me.


    Any additional comments?

    Can you, (Have you) done this with Les Mis, or tjhe Brother's Karamazov? I'd love it!

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