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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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    zach Marietta, GA, United States 05-15-12
    zach Marietta, GA, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "You will get lost in this book"
    What did you love best about The Godfather?

    The background and backstory of the characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Luca brasi, he was stupid and cruel and scared me


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

    Voices help in some of the conversations


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    Katherine 04-11-12
    Katherine 04-11-12
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    "A classic in print, screen and now audio"

    I admit that, while I'm not fond of the mob genre, I love a good story well told and so am a huge fan of The Godfather. As a book Mario Puzo created vivid characters with language that compelled you to turn the page. As a movie, those characters were given breath and still live on screen. Unless they were involved in the plot against the Don...well then....that's another story.

    As an audio book, the narration brings the life of the movie to the vivid details in the book. It's like getting the best of both worlds in one audio packet. I know for sure that I will listen to this book over and over again.

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    Joseph Sykesville, MD, United States 04-08-12
    Joseph Sykesville, MD, United States 04-08-12 Member Since 2004
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    "More like a radio play than a book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. The different voices for the characters in the book were a very nice surprise.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Corelone of course. He was a very well rounded character.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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    Cranky Greg 01-22-12
    Cranky Greg 01-22-12
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    "Outstanding! I loved it!"
    What did you love best about The Godfather?

    I loved the story and the narration was outstanding. I loved the character readers. I did not want this book to end! This was my first Audible book, Awesome!


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    "unknown" Sparta, NJ, United States 08-30-11
    "unknown" Sparta, NJ, United States 08-30-11
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    "Very good."

    It's a classic! What more can you say.


    I was only familiar with the movie. So hearing this as an audiobook was quite enjoyable... I really did get a new perspective of it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 10-25-10
    David 10-25-10 Member Since 2010

    Indiscriminate Reader

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    "A fun guilty pleasure, well worth the listen"

    I did not expect this to be so good. It's not a literary masterpiece -- in fact, the writing is laugh-out-loud bad in places -- but it's got a great plot and it holds up surprisingly well compared to the movie. There are far more details in the book that add depth and background to the characters and scenes in the movie. This is a guilty pleasure kind of a read, but anyone who likes crime thrillers should enjoy this. Puzo's pacing and plotting makes up for the turgidity of his writing. There's a genius to every move in the Corleones' war, and an explanation for a lot of character actions, that's lost in the cinematic version.

    I can't really explain my love for this book. It's way outside my usual genre and frankly, it's kind of schlocky, but I have to give it five stars because I enjoyed it so much. It'd definitely worth reading if you've only seen the movie.

    The voice acting for this audiobook is entertaining in a melodramatic way. You get heavy Italian accents, lots of low gangster drawls and shrill screeching women. I actually liked the primary narrator's voice, when not narrating dialog, the least, as he has a chipper "newsreader" voice that doesn't quite seem appropriate for a novel. Nonetheless, it was clear and made the story easy to follow.

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    David Eau Claire, WI, USA 10-14-08
    David Eau Claire, WI, USA 10-14-08
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    "Godfather"

    I found the Godfather a captivating story and would recommend this reading to everyone.

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    MickeyMarie 03-07-13
    MickeyMarie 03-07-13 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "A Must Read"

    For all who have their heads in sand about what goes on in the wide wide world of crime and how much of ordinary every day life is affected by it, books like this offer some enlightenment. The Godfather movies were a big deal when they came out, but how much of it was believed to be real is in doubt. Anyone who has spent part or all of their life in New York or New Jersey has a better idea.

    This book tells an interesting story using fiction to soften the blow. And it is well told. A book worth having and reading.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Tucson, AZ, United States 07-03-08
    David Tucson, AZ, United States 07-03-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Puzo, not exactly a "master storyteller""

    Movie as producers and screen writers tend to destroy anything they touch and the original intent and artistic flare of a book are generally lost. Sometimes the story is completely departed from altogether. I do not find that to be true in this case. In fact, I found the movies were far more artistic and even, at times, much more descriptive than the book. Pachino, for example, can say more with just a look than Puzo can in an entire chapter of text.
    The book reads like a stenographer's account of a trial. Puzo's descriptions of characters are thin and had I not seen the movies beforehand, I would have had a lot of trouble picturing the characters in my mind. Also, he seems to use the same adjectives over and over. Words like "curt", "cold" and "soar", are repeated ad nauseum. It would seem that Puzo's vocabulary is even simpler than my own. The only things described in detail are the sex scenes, these remind me of a cheap romance novel. Much like the paperbacks my grandmother used to read. I am no prude, but I found them to be somewhat crass and unnecessary.
    The most striking difference between the movies and the book is the Kay Adams character. She is portrayed in the movie as a naive and annoying ninny. In the book, she comes off as a much more likeable character, intelligent, loving and loyal to Michael and his family. Her relationship with Michael in the book makes a great deal more sense.
    There are several long chapters in the book solely devoted to the Johnny Fontane character. These chapters seem to be a complete tangent and irrelevant to the rest of the story. This portion was, quite wisely, removed from the movies.
    Did Puzo even hire an editor for this book? It seems like any decent editor would have taken care of the shallow vocabulary and tangential story lines.

    8 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Luke Saint Louis park, MN, United States 03-14-13
    Luke Saint Louis park, MN, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    Any additional comments?

    I have not seen the movie, but decided to give the book a listen since the movie has been so highly regarded, plus it was on-sale. That said, this book left a lot to be desired. The chapter on the rise of the Godfather was the only chapter I found somewhat interesting, the rest of the story was pretty mundane and I slowly lost my connection with the characters. The drama didn't really build toward the end, as one might have expected, instead the story drolled forward with the drama building then concluding, building then concluding...then just sort of ended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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