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