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The Godfather's Revenge | [Mark Winegardner]

The Godfather's Revenge

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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 2005
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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 Listener Since 2007
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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 2004
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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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    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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    "It Could Have Been Written By Mario"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like the Godfather books this is a must listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the development of the characters that only had bit parts in the movies. Some character I don't remember at all from the movies.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The first God Father sequel. They were both very good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-26-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-26-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Why wasn't this third part to the movie trilogy!"

    When it comes to the movies, the third part of the trilogy, never grabbed my attention like the first two movies did. BUT the third part of this book, is a whole other story completely... Filled with much more action, the book does a great job in following up where the first two left off. Where the movie, is all about finding a successor to the Godfather, the book instead continues right where the other two parts left off and better explain the President's assassination as well as what happens to Tom Hagan, which neither are explained in the movie. The Narrator does a great job and overall, I would highly recommend this third part over the third part of movies! Yet another classic... Can't believe they decided not to use any of this material when making the third part of the movie???

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    RSH 09-07-08
    RSH 09-07-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Narrator in love with his voice"

    Worst narrating I've ever experienced in listening to 100s of audio books. Scott Brick is totally out of touch with the material. His absurdly self-indulgent narration randomly inflects, pauses, emphasizes, etc. with no relation to the story. There literally are times you have to re state the words in your mind to untangle this aural disaster so you can understand the author's meaning. Perhaps Joe Mantegna's abridged version is better....

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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