This is a mesmerizing tale that takes us inside the equally corrupt worlds of the mob, the movie industry, and the casinos - where beautiful actresses and ruthless hit men are ruled by lust and violence, where sleazy producers and greedy studio heads are drunk with power, where crooked cops and desperate gamblers play dangerous games of betrayal, and where one man controls them all.
©1996 Mario Puzo; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"The most entertaining read since The Godfather." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Skillfully crafted....it gives us Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the mob in one sweet dish." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
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I enjoy Puzo's writing style and I love hearing about the Mafia. I really liked The Godfather and Six Graves To Munich. I got this hoping to get more on the Mafia. In the 19 hour book, I did get six good hours of Mafia. These parts were action packed, sometimes gory and always interesting. The ending to the book was especially good. I just wish there would have been more.
THERE CAN'T BE NO SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS.
The book is divided into three parts for easy download. At the end of the first part I almost quit. The first half was mostly about the movie business and how they screw writers and everybody else. It sounds as if Puzo has a beef with the movie industry and maybe they screwed him out of a lot of money over The Godfather. Download Part one is a bit whinny.
BEWARE OF BEAUTY IN DISTRESS.
Each time I was about to quit, some Mafia business would happen and it was so interesting I wanted to stay with it. In part one Puzo gets you interested in a good story, but have you ever had one of those friends who can never tell a straight story? They start a story, but they stop to tell you all the circumstances that lead up to the story they are trying to tell you. They get so side tracked, that you wonder if they will ever tell the story. That is a good description of this book. In download one we start a story and then we get into a bunch of whose screwing who in Hollywood. All the women in Hollywood are whores according to Puzo. Toward the end of download two you get the finish to the story started eleven hours ago.
IF A CITY COULD BE AUTISTIC, IT WOULD BE PARIS.
Download part three goes on a different tare. In this part we are suppose to feel sorry for the prettiest woman in the world. It is tough being pretty. Yet, don't give up cause the final two hours are worth listening to the whole book.
If you like hearing about the Mafia and all the screwing that goes on in Hollywood, you will love this book. If you just want to hear about Hollywood, you will still enjoy it, but if you just want to hear about the Mafia, you will think it is way too long.
Who needs the mall?
I thought this book was a story of true crime, so I was very confused about who these people were until about half way through. Obviously, I felt rather silly, but it was a good book nonetheless. I would recommend it to any friend who enjoys mafia fiction.
Yes. This book was was very different from The Godfather. I'd be inclined to give Mr. Puzo the benefit of the doubt and assume his other works can stand on their own.
Athena. Somehow the male author managed to make her sound like a sexy woman. He did a terrific job with all the characters and it would be a pleasure to hear him narrate additional books.
I would be OK with that, but only ONE. Tell us what happened with Cross and Athena, Bethany, Rose; that would be nice. Just don't beat it to death.
I have to give it 5 stars since I have listened to it only 6 times so far and will probably listen to it at least once every 2 years. You gotta Love Puzo
Used to exclusively read classic literature, but now, w/MS, I listen to gritty, gripping stories to get me through painful, sleepless nights
This book starts off without the typical mafia storyline, but eventually gets into it, and portrays the role of the mafia in the entertainment industry. Lots of killing and grisly descriptions, as one would expect from this sort of story, so if you are squeamish about such things, would recommend to pass on it. Otherwise interesting insight to what could be, (and probably is) another role that the mafia plays in our everyday world.
85% of the story was dialogue between movie producers, writers, and actresses. This was definitely more of a Hollywood story than a mafia story. In no way does this compare to The Godfather or The Sicilian.
The only memorable characters were Boz Scaggs and Dante. The performance of the characters was great, it was the story line that was disappointing.
This book was very well constructed and interesting but lacked emotional insight. I really enjoyed the plotting and scheming, but often wondered about the psyche of the characters.
Family Loyality Betrayal
First time and he did a great job enjoyed his read and the characters have real feeling
Last Don's Family
Enjoyed the book learned alot about film making and how they cheat investors and about the mind set of the Casinos
Stephen King fanatic, but I also like all Horror writing. Big fan of Fantasy writing too
I had listened to an Abridged version many years ago and I really enjoyed getting the "rest" of the story.
Cross of course. No need to ask why, it would not be a good book without him.
No this is the first one of his that I've listened to. Unfortunately for him (Joe Barrett) I was expecting the same reader that read the abridged version I had listened to before (Joe Mantegna), and was disappointed in how Barrett read it.
No Not really
I could hardly believe that this was written by the same author who wrote The Godfather. So many two-dimensional characters to keep track of; characters who I frankly didn't care about. The whole thing seemed like a cheap imitation of The Godfather written by some talentless hack.
I have read this book decade ago and decided to listen again. It may be that my perception of the world has changed, but I did not enjoy it as much as I did when I read it for the first time... But nonetheless, it was not fun to relax listening something which does not need much brain work...
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