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The Sicilian Audiobook
The Sicilian
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Mario Puzo
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The Sicilian Audiobook

The Sicilian

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Publisher's Summary

Michael Corleone is returning to the U.S. after the two-year exile to Sicily in which listeners left him in The Godfather. But he is ordered to bring with him the young Sicilian bandit, Salvatore Guiliano, who is the unofficial ruler of northwestern Sicily. In his fight "to make Sicilians free people", the young folk hero, based on the real-life Giuliano of the 1940s, has made both the police and the Mafia his enemies. So when Don Croce Malo, chief of the Sicilian Mafia, and the policemen who has been tracking Guiliano each offer to help Corleone find the elusive Robin Hood, betrayal seems inevitable.

Mario Puzo has created a sequel to The Godfather that is every bit as compelling and dramatic. But The Sicilian is a distinct literary achievement in its historical inspiration and its vivid portrait of Sicilian peasant life.

©2001 Mario Puzo; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-08-11
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-08-11 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "A side story"

    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.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Irasburg, VT, United States 08-03-12
    Heather Irasburg, VT, United States 08-03-12
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    "Narration too fast"
    Would you try another book from Mario Puzo and/or Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, Charl?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tore Guilliano of coarse.


    What didn’t you like about Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, Charl’s performance?

    Main narrator reads too fast, too little inflection in his voice.


    Was The Sicilian worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Ficklen McDonough, GA, United States 12-10-13
    Vicki Ficklen McDonough, GA, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2010

    Vicki

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    "Really bad."
    What disappointed you about The Sicilian?

    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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cornelius 10-14-15
    Cornelius 10-14-15
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    "Great story, but felt it was read to fast."

    Took me two days to finish, as a trucker it was truly excellent, but I wish the person reading could have took a little longer, I felt that it seemed he was in a rush.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Francis D. Byrnes 09-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Too damn fast and slowing speed in app makes echo."
    If you could sum up The Sicilian in three words, what would they be?

    It is a Sicilian historical novel.


    What other book might you compare The Sicilian to and why?

    The book is a parallel book to the Godfather, taking place entirely in Sicily with Michael as the only connection.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, Charl?

    Someone who speaks more slowly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elin Quinones 07-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of Puzo's finest."

    Quite entertaining and engaging, almost made me want to take notes of the tangled webs being woven throughout.

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    K. James 11-08-15
    K. James 11-08-15
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    "An interesting story, but awful delivery"

    After finishing and enjoying The Godfather, I thought I would enjoy the sequel. The reading style of this narrative is incompatible with the the setting of Sicily and the Italian language. He seemed rushed, to such a degree that I seriously considered returning the book. Setting the player at .5 speed made it tolerable, but was still a long way from enjoyable. Based on this, I cannot recommend it.

    Incidentally, though this story is sort of a sequel to The Godfather, it feels like an editor said:

    'The story is ok, but needs something to help it sell. Go add in some of The Godfather characters and we'll call it a sequel.'

    The Godfather characters are superfluous to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steve 09-09-15
    steve 09-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "good story. not many slow spots"

    enjoyed this story very much. good addition to the godfather trilogy. explained alittle of what happened prior to Michel coming home

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    Orendah 08-05-15
    Orendah 08-05-15
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    "Sicilian review"

    Great story!

    The voice of the narrator didn't seem right, never engaged me fully and I'd often have to replay portions because my focus would drift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 05-15-15
    Jason 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "it's Okay."

    the story has pretty much nothing to do with the Godfather, and the narrations is horrible, sometimes it's just impossible to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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