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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 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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Max Dubois 06-14-15
    Max Dubois 06-14-15 Member Since 2013
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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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    Ozzie 05-19-15
    Ozzie 05-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    it was absolutely wonderful absolutely wonderful absolutely wonderful absolutely wonderful
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    absolutely wonderful absolutely wonderful. what a great book.

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    Raj Khosla 05-15-15
    Raj Khosla 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A man with no family is no man." As said by the Don . Absolutely loved the audiobook.
    Narration was excellent.

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    Opus 05-01-15
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    The story is one we know, but this is definitely an example where the movie is better than the book. many scenes were so poorly written it made me cringe. I'm glad I have checked this off my list, and I can safely say I will not read another book by Puzo.

    The performance was very well done. they made the most of a mediocre script. it is interesting hearing the performers match up to the voice structure from the movies. it helped bring the movie to mind, which helps improve the overall story.

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    Christopher 03-12-15
    Christopher 03-12-15 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Classic, makes the movie better"

    Couldn't stop listening! Loved it! I saw the movie 15 years ago and had forgotten most of it when I started listening. After a couple minutes, it all came back. Can't wait to watch the movie again!

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    Moe Oakland, CA, United States 03-11-15
    Moe Oakland, CA, United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A wonderful trip, every time I take it!"

    The story is a real classic, the dramatic cast makes the story pop and it all adds up to step back in time and an introduction to a culture that has made an indelible mark on American society in a very wholistic way. This book gives the first true explanation and purpose of extreme conservatism I, personally, could ever understand, appreciate and respect, though I may not altogether agree.
    Take the trip, keep an open mind and enjoy.

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