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The Godfather's Revenge Audiobook

The Godfather's Revenge

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Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Mark Winegardner's foray into Mario Puzo territory is not without example. Both Robert Ludlum and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle left behind characters who've come to life again in the works of others. Facing the daunting task of portraying Michael Corleone and "The Family" with authenticity, Winegardner proves a brilliant one-upsman. He's reverent to Puzo's style while expanding the characters' lives in convincing ways. A must for fans of the original Godfather.

Publisher's Summary

In The Godfather's Revenge, the third and concluding novel in Mario Puzo's landmark saga, Mark Winegardner moves the Corleone family onto the biggest stage of all: the intersection of organized crime and national politics. At its center:

Michael Corleone, boss of America's most powerful crime family, is a haunted man, tormented by demons from his past, even as he pursues the mantle of legitimacy.
Former caporegime Nick Geraci, Michael's onetime top earner, is a hunted man, sought with equal fervor by the Coreleones, who want him dead, and the feds, whose designs are less clear.
U.S. Attorney General Daniel Brendan Shea, brother to James Shea, the galvanizing young president, is an ambitious man, determined to forge a name for himself by toppling the kingpins of organized crime.
Carlo Tramonti is a vindictive man, the capo of the New Orleans syndicate, who will exact his revenge for public humiliation, no matter the cost.
Tom Hagen is a trapped man, an Irish consigliere in an Italian world, charged with brokering a nearly impossible compromise to spare his organization the wrath of the government, and in doing so, putting himself in mortal peril.

The explosive collision of these five powerful men culminates in a tragedy of historic proportion, an unforgettable capstone to Puzo's great American epic. But the true measure of Mark Winegardner's achievement is in capturing not only the outsized personalities who outmaneuver each other for power and control, but also their interior lives. He reveals the colorful array of wives and daughters, parents and friends who surround them, and the intimate details, textures, contradictory impulses and best intentions of that strangest and most exotic of institutions, family.

©2006 The Estate of Mario Puzo; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Peguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved

What the Critics Say

"Winegardner's deft plot-spinning is rivaled only by his sure grasp of Goodfellas mise-en-scene, the profanity-laced witticisms, the fashion fetishizing, the cool, long, dark '60s Chevy Biscaynes....A worthy addition to the chronicle of la famigilia Corleone." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Randy Fairfield, OH, United States 12-28-06
    Randy Fairfield, OH, United States 12-28-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Not So Great"

    After listening to the Godfather Returns, I could not wait to read this last installment. Mark Winegardner did not do a very good job creating this story. I loved the premise but the over book is just weak and left me feeling like I was in someways short changed, however he does manage to tie up all the loose ends.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Armand Hudson, Florida, United States 03-04-13
    Armand Hudson, Florida, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Dont waste your time or money"
    What would have made The Godfather's Revenge better?

    More interesting story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Winegardner again?

    Probably not.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't think the narrator could have made it better, perhaps more enthusiasm.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Boring story, boring presentation, no substitute for M. Puzo

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Garth tremonton, UT, USA 07-28-07
    Garth tremonton, UT, USA 07-28-07 Member Since 2012
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    "should be a romance"

    I did not like this book at all. It is nothing like the previous Godfather books. If you like listening to Mafia figures talk to their wives about family problems or the wives talking to each other you will love this book. No action. I don't think anyone gets killed until the end of the 3rd part. Not my idea of a mafia book especially not in the Godfather series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer California 07-23-16
    Amazon Customer California 07-23-16 Member Since 2014

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    "brilliant work."

    I am surprised this wasn't a movie. This is one of my favorite books from Mario.

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    Robert W. Debord Chicago IL. USA 06-25-16
    Robert W. Debord Chicago IL. USA 06-25-16 Member Since 2016

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    "It brought me right into that world."

    I hated ever having to pause the book. I felt like I was there. The suspense had me riveted.

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    Jaclyn Brighton, CO, United States 06-06-16
    Jaclyn Brighton, CO, United States 06-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good with just few buts"

    I liked the story though the ending was bit of disappointment as just cut off. Also the narrator was good but it would be awesome to have all these novels read by Joe Mantegna.

    It was a good book and audiobook overall with just some minor dislikes or rather changes would've li

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lost Customer Northern Virginia, United States 09-13-15
    Lost Customer Northern Virginia, United States 09-13-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Fills in the gaps"

    Ever wonder what happened to Tom Hagen? Or Johnny Fontaine? This and other gaps in the sprawling Godfather narrative are filled. Winegardner really makes an effort to capture Mario Puzo's tone and pacing, so this book fits in quite nicely with the original. So many characters, it's difficult to keep everybody straight. But it's a fun read, and Scott Brick's performance is first-rate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Scott Spring City, TN 08-23-15
    James Scott Spring City, TN 08-23-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Boring, but narrated well ..."

    you can't wait to get back to listening some books, but this one was easy to forget. It seemed to ramble on and on.

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    Meeno 08-08-15
    Meeno 08-08-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Rounds out the series and definitely leaves you wanting more."

    Winegardner certainly does the whole series service by drawing out these long loved and venerable villains. The first book post Puzo is such an eye opener because Winegadner does such a loving job unpacking all the possibilities posed by the original. This one keeps that love affair with the Lionhearted going, but Michael stays so cold and the arch of the story reaches for some grand historical allusions, when what we really want is to spend time with the family. There's a lot of pain in this one, and I suppose that's a fitting way to round out what was a hay day that brightened meteoric and then faded under its own tarnishing. Ciao Cosa Nostra.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colonelswife 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok - but not great"

    As in The Godfather Returns , the story timeline kept bouncing around , although not as much as the second book did .

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