©2001 Mario Puzo; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Sometimes referred as the second in a series by Puzo on the Corleone family, this is really more of a side story. The entire story takes place in Sicily. The main story is about a bandit Salvatore Guiliano who attempts to be a 1940's Robin Hood. It is also a history of Italy, Sicily and the Mafia. I always wondered how such an organization ever got started and this book explains in detail how and why. The book details how Italy throughout history was conquered, ill treated and terribly governed by the corrupt. Through reading this book you will easily see how the Mafia got started but also how the Mafia itself grew in power and became another corrupt government, so that the poor peasants of Italy had not one but two masters to answer too. I am glad I read this for the historical aspect alone. As far as entertainment value, it is a little boring for the first four chapters, picks up real well in the middle and then gets monotonous toward the end. The story about the bandit is riveting and a fun listen, but there are several parts of the book dedicated to dry history lessons and politics. This is no where near as entertaining as The Godfather, but I was glad I bought it. The Godfather is a hard value to beat.
I am a Mario Puzo fan and have "read" most of his books, I did not especially like the main narrator. It felt like he drank a pot of coffee and just started reading really fast. The character narrators were great however. I even tried to slow down my ipod, but it got weird.
Tore Guilliano of coarse.
Main narrator reads too fast, too little inflection in his voice.
Good book overall and what I expected, other narrators have done a much better job at bringing the characters and story alive with Mario Puzo's stories, I would suggest sampling before purchasing.
Ok , I thought this was the second Godfather. It obviously isn't. The narrator talks so fast I could hardly keep up. Just a very frustrating audiobook.
It is a Sicilian historical novel.
The book is a parallel book to the Godfather, taking place entirely in Sicily with Michael as the only connection.
Someone who speaks more slowly.
I read this novel many years ago & enjoyed it, but wanted to revisit the story recently in audio form . The recording had something wrong with the speed- or the narrator was speaking way too fast - & when I tried to slow it down to .75speed, it then echoed every word . There was cast of characters for the dialogues , & all were pretty good , except for the voice of Michael Corleone- it was pretty awful.
The narrator has a great voice, but he read too quickly and without enough inflection. It felt as if he was just trying to get through the story as fast as he could. The overall effect of having a cast was to make the narration cheesy. The narration came off like a bad radio production.
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