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)
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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.
The dramatization using multiple voices for different persons in the story, was a thrilling change from the dull single narrators. The action was great, the writer has much depth and feeling in his book.
One of the most memorable moments, one of my personal favorites, is a tossup between the revenge on Solotso and the cop and the excecution of the other dons.
The narrators were great, their accents perfectly authentic, and read with true feeling, and most excellent delivery!
Definitely a worthy purchase, and addition to any lover of fiction.
The narration team is impeccable. They sound wonderful, and are edited in perfect timing. I never listened to an audible book with such a perfect performance.
The narrative is spectacular. It transports us into the Corleone mafia family's world, with an omniscient point of view, keeping us attached to the story from minute one. It's like watching to an extended version of "The Godfather" movies 1 and 2, with richer details.
The narrator himself sounds a bit metallic, like a machine sometimes, but it doesn't come to the point of getting us bored, like it's the case with other books. The great differential is the team narration.
Michael Corleone is my favorite. He incarnates a man who fights agains his fate, but is drawn to it by the savagery of his world. It's an epic tragic character, who is winner and loser at the same time. He's a successful mafioso, but he loses himself in the process, becoming, like his father before him, a puppet of the millennial heritage of bloodshed represented by the sicilian mafia and its omertà.
If someone is wandering what to listen first, to get the flavor of being an audible member, this is the way to go. I have had some disappointments along my two year membership, but this one is the higher point I ever got listening to these books.
This book is even better than the movie.
I very much enjoyed the voices of Tom Hagen and Michael. The narrator was also quite good. The female voices were a little brutal. I wanted to send the voice of Connie and Kay to Sleep with the Fishes.
Yes. Wonderful narration and an amazing story that far exceeded my expectations after seeing the movie many times.
Character development was great and the narration added to the book, while so many others I have listened to actually took away from the experience
Yes it is a clasic
it was all good. I'll make him an offer he cannot refuse.
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This book is the basis for one of my favorite movies. I've been meaning to read it since forever and never took the time. I finally decided to pick up the audiobook and listen to it. I'm glad I did.
Even knowing how the plot was going to twist and turn, this listen is very engaging. I love how the different characters have different voice actors instead of a single narrator. While listening, I could see scenes from the movie play out in my head. One of the great things in the book is the greater opportunity for character development. After listening to chapters that develop the characters, some of the scenes in the movie are so much more meaningful.
I'm thrilled to have finally taken the time to listen to this book. I'm not deleting it from my iPod, 'cause I know I'll be back to it again and again.
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