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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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    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 03-05-09
    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 03-05-09 Member Since 2004

    Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.

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    "Couldn't Disagree More..."

    With the folks who gave this book (and the narrator) low ratings. Wow - were they listening to the same audio book I listened to?

    This is one of the few multi-voice audio books I've listened to and I thought they did a great job!

    I was a little surprised at how graphic the book is for the time period that it was written, but that's probably just my naivete.

    I thought the story was compelling and enjoyed the additional chapters on Johnny Fontaine (that was not carried into the movie).

    The scariest part is wondering how true to life the book really is, and whether the mafia really has this much power.

    Great book - lived up to its billing!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA 10-31-08
    Aaron Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA 10-31-08
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    "Movie is Great, Book is Better"

    This is an excellent production of the book, the cast performs brilliantly; it's like listening to an unabridged radio play. If you have only seen the film, you cannot appreciate the depth of the characters until you experience the book. It is a must read.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Maryellen Flint, TX, USA 09-24-09
    Maryellen Flint, TX, USA 09-24-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Enticing until the end..........."

    I loved the Charater narrators. It made a great book more like an "old time Radio" experience and helped develop the charaters even more. Brilliant!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Cherry Hill, NJ, USA 10-25-09
    Jeffrey Cherry Hill, NJ, USA 10-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "EXCELLENT!"

    Having never read this before and watched the movies over and over again, I was excited to get right into this. I was not disappointed. The added details and back stories make The Godfather better than ever. Highly recommend this. Great narration, best I have listened to yet.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Pflieger Houston, TX 07-28-09
    Bruce Pflieger Houston, TX 07-28-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent!"

    When each character has a different voice it is probably going to be good and this audio book does. The book is much the same as the movie with the background added. Some of the background related to sex would have pushed the movie beyond the "R" rating. If you liked the movie; get this too!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Boone, NC, USA 03-25-10
    Travis Boone, NC, USA 03-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great performance; great book"

    I had seen the movie a long time ago and didn't remember most of it, so listening to the book was a great treat. The narration and sound quality are quite good -- the copyright for the audio is in the mid-80's so it's not quite as crisp and clean as some newer audiobooks, but this did not detract from the story or narration for me.
    This IS a multi-narrated story, but this worked fine for me. I recommend this story highly.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "This book is much better than the movies"

    I will listen to this book again. The story is as relevant today as it was in the 40's. I am really glad to have this book in my library, this is a keeper.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Oakland, CA, United States 05-09-12
    Lisa Oakland, CA, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about The Godfather?

    If you can believe it I have never seen the movie or read the book. I enjoyed listening to this book, which is an epic story of an Italian immigrant family who happens to be a major part of the mafia. Found the characters really well developed and the story engrossing.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    Great narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a lot of moving parts of this book but one that stands out for me is Lucy finding love after Sonny's death with a doctor that made her whole in more ways than one.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the second book int his series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 12-04-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2005

    I am a blessed man!

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    "The Masterpiece of its Genre"

    I read this in my teens and of course I've seen the movies. Listening to it after all these years gave me a new appreciation for Puzo's masterpiece as well as Audible. I simply didn't want the book to end. I was disappointed to learn Gofather 2 was not based on a sequel.

    The narration was superb, a difficult task for such a familiar story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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