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The Godfather Returns | [Mark Winegardner]

The Godfather Returns

Thirty-five years ago, Mario Puzo's great American tale, The Godfather, was published, and popular culture was indelibly changed. Now, in The Godfather Returns, acclaimed novelist Mark Winegardner continues the story, the years not covered in Puzo's best-selling book or in Francis Ford Coppola's classic films.
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Publisher's Summary

Thirty-five years ago, Mario Puzo's great American tale, The Godfather, was published, and popular culture was indelibly changed. Now, in The Godfather Returns, acclaimed novelist Mark Winegardner continues the story, the years not covered in Puzo's best-selling book or in Francis Ford Coppola's classic films.

It is 1955. Michael Corleone has won a bloody victory in the war among New York's crime families. Now he wants to consolidate his power, save his marriage, and take his family into legitimate businesses. To do so, he must confront his most dangerous adversary yet, Nick Geraci, a former boxer who worked his way through law school as a Corleone street enforcer, and who is every bit as deadly and cunning as Michael. Their personal cold war will run from 1955 to 1962, exerting immense influence on the lives of America's most powerful criminals and their loved ones.

Sweeping from New York and Washington to Las Vegas and Cuba, The Godfather Returns is the spellbinding story of America's criminal underworld at mid-century and its intersection with the political, legal, and entertainment empires. Mark Winegardner brings an original voice and vision to Mario Puzo's mythic characters while creating several equally unforgettable characters of his own. The Godfather Returns stands on its own as a triumph in a tale about what we love, yearn for, and sometimes have reason to fear...family.

©2004 The Estate of Mario Puzo; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Godfather Returns is not only a real book by a real writer. It's also a real pleasure, a fine swirling epic: bitter, touching, funny, and true." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A phenomenally entertaining, psychologically rich saga that spans the entire Godfather years imagined in novel and film by Mario Puzo....A wholly absorbing novel that's written beautifully, with great skill and passion. Godfather fans will love this tale." (Publishers Weeekly)

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    Gary Dillon 11-22-04
    Gary Dillon 11-22-04 Listener Since 2001
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    "Godfather Returns"

    Great read. Continues where Godfather by Mario Puzo stops. Answers a lot of questions. I could not stop listening, moves fast.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    William Morris, IL, USA 12-03-04
    William Morris, IL, USA 12-03-04
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    "The Godfather Returns"

    I can honestly say that I never thought that it was not Puzo writing, the book was seamless in its follow through and carried out to a satisfactory ending, although I wish it was still continnuing. Winegardners writing leaves one with the feeling that the characters were alive and real.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 11-21-04
    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 11-21-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Puzo lives"

    What a blast from the past, and literally too! Winegardner takes us back through bits of the lives of our favourite Mafia clan, and even though it is 30 years or so since I read the original it was just like reliving it again (or maybe one of the movies). Altogether an enjoyable day or two spent reading "whatever became of...?"

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    James Gordon New York, NY 02-18-05
    James Gordon New York, NY 02-18-05 Member Since 2004
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    "In Good Hands"

    Puzo can rest easily, the Godfather Saga is now in the very capable hands of Mark Winegardner. He did a brilliant job fleshing out our favorite characters from Puzoland. An extremely satisfying read, I was sorry when it was over. Kudos to Scott Brick for another masterful narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-17-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-17-10 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Still a Classic...."

    The Godfather Returns isn't quite as good as the original, but this is still a classic nevertheless. A must-read and a must listen. Winegardener does a great job in continuing where the first Godfather book left off and this version does certainly explains some of the details that the movie does not go into. In fact, if they wanted they could probably come up with another movie with all of the plot lines that the movies left out. The narration is superb and in general, I would certainly recommend this book for anyone, who enjoys any of the material pertaining to the Godafather Saga!!! My only complaint... I wish the music from the movies' soundtrack with present somewhere on the audio file.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. Praino Rockledge, FL 12-17-05
    G. Praino Rockledge, FL 12-17-05 Member Since 2005

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    "Like the Original"

    It may not be Puzo, but the rhythm and style of the storytelling sure is similar. The plot has all the depth of the original 'Godfather' and covers all the events that the first books stayed away from.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 03-18-13
    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about The Godfather Returns?

    I loved reading about characters that were just minor people in the original series.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes by doing great tie ins to the original story.


    Any additional comments?

    Great add on to the original story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joesph venice, CA, USA 12-16-04
    Joesph venice, CA, USA 12-16-04
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    "what a pleasant surprise"

    heard the auther won an open contest and he is is worthy of the win. enjoyed the book throughout. look forward to reading him in the future.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B1ff Tann3nn 06-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great follow up to the godfather"

    Entertaining story and very well written. Not as good as the original but definitely worth a listen.

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 05-17-13
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "Don't mess with the Don!!!"

    Michael is all grown up and running the family!!! Michael is trying to go legit but he finds out that is easier said than done!! Freddy is still a mess up and the book really goes into his life, much more than the movie!! Half brother Tom runs for congress and wins but in the end he is always by The Don's side!!! Also cousin Johnny is still singing and slaying the girls!!! Sonny's kids are all grown up and the twin girls have a great roll in the book!! If you liked the first book and the movies you need to grab this book!!!! You won't be disappointed!!!! And if you don't Michael will give you an offer you can't refuse!!! Lol

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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