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The Godfather Audiobook
The Godfather
Written by: 
Mario Puzo
Narrated by: 
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The Godfather Audiobook

The Godfather

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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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    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 09-10-15
    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 09-10-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Inside an Italian Mafia family"

    "The Godfather" tells the story of the inner workings of an Italian Mafia family. The main characters are the Corleone family and its patriarch, Don Vito. When the book was written, there was some concern that it would glorify the illegal activity described within. For me, it achieved this as it was hard to dislike the Corleone family. I would liken them to a modern day Robin Hood as Don Vito helped the needy and doled out justice in a seemingly fair manner. Everything they did had a reason, and even murder seemed justified.

    The character development was excellent and Puzo gave an in depth back story for many. Don Vito's birth name was Vito Andolini. When his father was killed by the Sicilian mafia, his mother sent him to America to protect Vito from the inevitable attempt to end his life. In America, Vito changed his name to Corleone, which was the city in Sicily he was from. Vito was a soft spoken man and not prone to violence. However, during the great depression money was scarce and he turned to robbery with his neighbors Peter Clemenza and Salvatore Tessio. When the local extortionist, Don Fanucci, demanded a cut from the robbery, Vito made up his mind to kill him, thus beginning his criminal career and sealing his destiny.

    Don Vito had three sons, the oldest named Santino but was called Sonny. Sonny Corleone was in line to take over the family business and was being tutored by his father. Sonny had a short and violent temper, which proved to be his fatal flaw. The middle son, Frederico, called Fredo, was an obedient son, never questioning his father or embarrassing him in public. Fredo, however, froze under pressure and could not be counted on to run the family business. The youngest son, Michael, was the black sheep of the family. Michael wanted no part of the family business and went out of his way to avoid it. Going against his father's wishes, he enlisted in the Army during World War II, in which he was wounded. Michael was the intellectual in the family and attended Dartmouth college. Destiny had plans for Michael and circumstances brought him back into the family business.

    Despite all the violence and illegal activity, I found myself liking the Corleone family. When the mob war started, I found myself rooting for their success. In the end, revenge was exacted against those who betrayed the family and the Corleones doled out their unique brand of justice.

    I found the book to be very interesting and hard to put down. The only negatives I found were that Puzo's back stories were sometimes a bit long and distracted my attention from the main story. Also, the writing was at times too abrupt and didn't appear to flow seamlessly. Other than that, I was caught up in the story and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a Robin Hood type read and the ultimate brand of justice.

    The full cast performances were simply superb. Not only were the characters easily recognizable, but also the emotions were excellently portrayed. This was just like watching the movie, only the action took place in my mind. I recommend this book without any reservations. It was awesome!

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Watersmeet, MI, United States 05-14-11
    Larry Watersmeet, MI, United States 05-14-11
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    "As we know, a good book - but.."

    We all know this is a great novel, but the narrator in this audible will put you too sleep at the best. The narration is awful - save your money and read the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-11-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-11-10 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BradBrad SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 04-11-16
    BradBrad SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 04-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the Best Stories You'll ever Read"
    If you could sum up The Godfather in three words, what would they be?

    I didn't think it was possible for the book to compare to the movie....I was wrong. The book, as books often do, give you a much more complete vision of the characters, their motivations and the world they live in.


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    Amazon Customer 11-28-15
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    "The Book that is good but lead to the great Movie."

    I read this year's ago and it's a great novel that in my opinion one of the few that was a better foundation for one of the best Movie's ever made. It is a good story as performed on the Audible release and we'll worth listening.

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    Britt Osborne 09-12-15 Member Since 2016

    i love Sci-Fi, and i hate capitalizing the letter i. it should be done automatically in this day and age. i hate boring books.

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    "Get the abridged version"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Godfather to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but i loved listening to a full cast.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very authentic. This started it all, right?


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

    Deeper, richer characterization


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

    Aren't there already like a million of these?


    Any additional comments?

    worth the time, but there were sections that could have been cut out. i imagine they were cut out in the abridged version.

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    Xaivier 07-10-15
    Xaivier 07-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I was surprised I enjoyed it more than the movie."
    Where does The Godfather rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its up there with my favorites. I will say I enjoyed it from the start and finished it a couple of days,


    What about full cast’s performance did you like?

    Great quality across all the characters.


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    Catt Hamm 06-14-15
    Catt Hamm 06-14-15 Member Since 2013

    Catt Hamm

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    "I Can Never Get Enough of the Brilliant Book"

    The Godfather was a great movie, but the book answers a lot of questions that the movie creates. I did not realize from the movie that someone else took the blame for the murder of Solozzo and McCluskey so that Michael could leave Sicily and return to New York.

    Fantastic story.

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    John 06-06-15
    John 06-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing reading."

    This is the version you want. The one you need and deserve to hear. Buy.

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