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The Godfather Returns Audiobook

The Godfather Returns

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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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    jonathan meharg 06-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Decent read. Great listen."

    I've read and listened to this book. It was a good read but I loved listening to it. This is the best read book I've ever listened to. If you go in knowing it won't be The Godfather you'll enjoy it. If you expect it to be on our or better then The Godfather well I'm sorry but you're an idiot.

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    Cap 04-21-16
    Cap 04-21-16

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    "Great expansion of the characters"
    Would you listen to The Godfather Returns again? Why?

    True to the original, this book really expands on the characters you know and love. It introduces some new ones from some intentionally-omitted "extras" in the original. This is a great read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick Geraci. Brutal and smart. Like Michael.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I love's Scott's Performance. Great Italian pronunciation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


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    Carol W. 03-30-16
    Carol W. 03-30-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator ruined this book for me."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Winegardner? Why or why not?

    Don't know liked the the Original The Godfather. Just couldn't get thru this book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    Don't think so.


    What character would you cut from The Godfather Returns?

    unknow


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    Matt 08-07-15
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    "Great if you want more of the 'Saga Corleone'"

    Love, betrayl, redemption, all for success....but is it worth it? Get more intimate with the characters you know, and new characters you don't with this masterpiece woven into the world of the Family Corleone.

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    Meeno 07-23-15
    Meeno 07-23-15 Member Since 2007
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    "At moments it out Puzo's Puzo"

    Particularly if you've been reading through all of Puzo and are hankering for the genius in details of the Godfather, this book is a fantastically satisfying romp back into the Arthurian landscape of America's 1st Family of crime, the Corleone's.

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    Tony From McPherson, Ks McPherson, Ks United States 10-12-14
    Tony From McPherson, Ks McPherson, Ks United States 10-12-14 Member Since 2014

    Love reading tech & business especially when it comes in a single book.

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    "Winegardner does an exceptional job!"
    Where does The Godfather Returns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although not as good as the original (author even says it was never meant to top it) this book is written amazingly in the same manner as Puzo wrote. Great imagery and vivid writing even during complex parts of the book.


    What other book might you compare The Godfather Returns to and why?

    The Godfather of course: although this doesn't top the original it isn't far behind.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did an exceptional job of playing numerous characters. I liked how he didn't over do the female voices like some do but you could tell when a female was talking. Great job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it is a very long audiobook meant to be taken in small bites.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B1ff Tann3nn 06-11-14
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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 2015

    I just achieved App Master!! 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

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    Russell 05-26-11
    Russell 05-26-11 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Not as good as the Godfather, but close"

    This was a great sequeal to the Godfather. Although Mario Puzo didn't write it you can tell that the author spent alot of time and energy to continue the same kind of "voice".
    The narrator did a great job.

    If you are a fan of the Godfather you might like this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-24-04 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed!"

    I couldn't wait to read this book. I found it drawn out and not very much going on, very wordy until the beginning of the last book of 3. Disappointing when compared to the Puzo stuff. Wanted it to be great and it wasn't.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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