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.
"Filled with the requisite valor, love, and rancor of a great epic, The Godfather is the definitive gangster novel." (Amazon.com)
An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
I was so looking forward to reading this book....I used to see it on my parent's nightstand, and of course, I adore the films. But the production is HORRIBLE! The guy who narrates it has a sharp,jarring voice, but then they got all of these very amateurish "voice actors" to do the dialog.
It's a hot mess. It's hard to listen to and I am SO disappointed. If this is the only Godfather on Audible (I haven't checked), do yourself a favor and read this one in print. Or get a different version w/o the full cast.
Audible: Please re-record this book. It's so hard to listen to. Any capable reader (Simon Vance comes to mind) could have read and it and it would be a home-run.
I like some full cast readings.... The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Gone Girl and The Help come to mind as books I very much enjoyed with different readers taking on various roles (but none of these books have a narrator and then the dialog), I wish I wouldn't have let it sit in my library for so long without at least trying it out, because this one deserves to go back to Audible...but the time has past where I can return it.
Seek out a different version, if one exists, or read this book in print. Unless you don't care about the readers....then I guess someone might like it....but for listening to Audio books, the narrator can make or break a book for me.
This one simply is overproduced.... YIKS!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
You do not change perfection.
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.
The Don himself.
HA! Is there anyone who hasn't seen The Godfather?
A retired teacher who focused on 2 areas: effectiveness to sr .mngmt of large orgs. worldwide, & more effective ways to learn new languages.
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?
:Les Miserables or The Brothers Karmazov
The variation on accents, emotions, and giving the sense that your are right there listening.
If I could, but it's a bit log to be able to do that. Breaking it into sessions works fine with me.
Can you, (Have you) done this with Les Mis, or tjhe Brother's Karamazov? I'd love it!
This was a great audiobook experience. I love the 1972 Godfather film, and I love the book just as much. There have always been small details in the film that I was curious about, and Puzo's novel explains those gaps. I also appreciate the development of side characters such as Johnny Fontaine and Jules the doctor, who is not even in the film at all. I realize that The Godfather is a cinematic masterpiece and, even though the book came first, it's hard to live up to the film. I now understand why Francis Ford Coppola wanted to adapt this book into the movie that it became. Like the film, the book is a masterpiece.
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