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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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    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 2009

    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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    Aden LAFAYETTE, CO, United States 11-01-14
    Aden LAFAYETTE, CO, United States 11-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "An Audiobook You Can't Refuse"

    I was a small kid when Coppola's Godfather was released, so my experience with Puzo and the Corleones originated on the screen. This was a great audiobook--the writing, the story, the performance. I enjoyed it all. And the differences (there is so much more to the storyline, of course) are a treat to discover. The audio performance redefined the characters in my head and they stopped being Pacino, De Niro, Brando, Shire, Duvall and simply became the Corleone family. Excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Not Bad At All"
    Any additional comments?

    This was an interesting story, but I don't think I will read more in the series, reading about criminals is just not my thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Savage Doc Dallas, TX 09-08-14
    Savage Doc Dallas, TX 09-08-14 Member Since 2012

    Savage Doc

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    "Really excellent book!"
    Would you listen to The Godfather again? Why?

    Probably not, but only because I think I got everything out of it that I could. Is there a Part II?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Corleone. Very sympathetic, and yet ruthless.


    What about full cast’s performance did you like?

    This is the first I've heard with more than one narrator. I liked that the one reader didn't have to stretch for many different voices. All sounded quite good.


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

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Now I have to go back and watch the movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Backshall NC 08-30-14
    D. Backshall NC 08-30-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Misogyny at its finest (ugh)"
    What disappointed you about The Godfather?

    It was too dated to appeal to me. Additionally, it sounded like it was narrated by a World War II news reel voiceover.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mario Puzo? Why or why not?

    If it were more recenly written, perhaps. If I were paid, more likely.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of full cast?

    Full cast would have been fine if they had not been presented in stark contrast to the "Announcer Guy". His gravelly, matter-of-fact blurting of the book clearly ruined it for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust, dismay, disappointment. The portrayal of women purely as possessions, who could only be truly fulfilled if they were owned (read: beaten, belittled, "banged", etc.) by their men was so distasteful to me, I could not concentrate on the story itself.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess I can understand why many guys enjoy this book, but I found it as offensively dated as I would a book matter-of-factly pronouncing and demonstrating how great slavery can be. Yeah, it was that bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 Member Since 2012
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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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    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 08-19-13
    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2009

    I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.

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    "Classic Novel performed Terribly"

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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