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The Godfather Notebook Audiobook

The Godfather Notebook

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Publisher's Summary

The publishing sensation of the year for every film fan

The never-before-published edition of Francis Ford Coppola's notes and annotations on The Godfather novel by Mario Puzo reveals the story behind one of the world's most iconic films. In this one-of-a-kind audio production, Coppola provides listeners with unfiltered access to his creative process in his own voice. Featuring notes from eight scenes - handpicked by Coppola himself - The Godfather Notebook is a must-listen for fans of the 1972 film.

The most important unpublished work on one of the greatest films of all time, written before filming by the man who wrote and directed it - Francis Ford Coppola, then only 32 years old - The Godfather Notebook reveals the intense creative process that went into making this seminal film. With his meticulous notes and impressions of Mario Puzo's novel, the notebook was referred to by Coppola daily on set while he directed the movie. The Godfather Notebook pulls back the curtain on the legendary filmmaker and the film that launched his illustrious career. Complete with an introduction by Coppola, this is a unique, beautiful, and faithful reproduction of his original notebook.

This publication will change the way the world views the iconic film - and the process of filmmaking at large. A must-have book of the season. Nothing like it has ever been published before.

The Godfather TM, ® & Copyright © by Paramount Pictures Corp. All Rights Reserved. Promo photo of FFC seated: Courtesy of Francis Ford Coppola Private Collection.

©2016 Francis Ford Coppola (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Buffalo Bill Las Vegas, Nevada 11-16-16
    Buffalo Bill Las Vegas, Nevada 11-16-16 Member Since 2004
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    "It says unabridged but really just a snippet"
    Would you try another book from Francis Ford Coppola and/or Francis Ford Coppola and Joe Mantegna ?

    Certainly Joe Mantegna. Coppola needs to stick to making wine and movies.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Francis Ford Coppola? Why or why not?

    Yes. He is one of the greats and The Godfather alone makes him a great director.


    What about Francis Ford Coppola and Joe Mantegna ’s performance did you like?

    Coppola OK. Mantegna has a great voice and is a professional unlike Coppola.


    Did The Godfather Notebook inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to buy the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    Saying unabridged is deceptive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 11-16-16 Member Since 2012
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    "not enough!"

    what was included was excellent. However the exclusion of the films most important scene is extremely disappointing.

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    true britty Minnesota 11-16-16
    true britty Minnesota 11-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Pleasurable peek into the scriptwriting process"

    This short book by Coppola is about the writing of the script for the first Godfather movie. It stops short of the actual making of the film.

    That's because, as Coppola tells us in the fascinating introduction, this nonfiction title is based on a notebook he created prior to writing the script. In the notebook, he divided the book by Mario Puzo into scenes. Then for each scene, he wrote down the core of that scene. What is this scene really about? He also looked at images that would be important to that scene and possible pitfalls to be aware of as writer/director. For example, not building up the happy mood that follows Don Corleone's homecoming from the hospital to contrast with the ensuing bad news about youngest son Michael.

    Coppola reads the meaty introduction, detailing his history with the project and the script writing process, and then dictates a smattering of entries from his Godfather Notebook. Then Joe Mantegna comes in to read the dramatized rendering of the entry.

    Mantegna, by the way, narrates a version of Puzo's The Godfather on Audible. Also on Audible, you can find an essay Puzo wrote in 1972 about the writing of The Godfather, the book's adaptation to film and his uncomfortable encounter with Frank Sinatra.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Organic Design 11-15-16
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    "Good but way to short"

    I really enjoyed this book, What there is of it. This is way to short for the price.

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    Robert A. Raymond woodstock cT 05-23-17
    Robert A. Raymond woodstock cT 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A notebook you can't refuse."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Godfather Notebook to be better than the print version?

    I can't say.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of all the characters I like in the book, the one that stands out is Michael, because his character develops throughout the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the scene in which Michael shoots the cop, and Salotzo.


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

    I did. I wanted to hear what Coppola took from the book, and what he decided to change or totally ignore.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have scene the film, and want to listen to this note book for background information, I would also suggest that you purchase the godfather book, since you can hear portions in the notebook.

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    James B. Cheatham 03-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Unabridged"

    I knew from flipping through the Godfather Notebook that purchasing an audio version would be risky, and I am not sure how rewarding it would have been to hear Coppola and Mantegna read the entire book cover to cover, balancing Puzo's text with Coppola's notes, so I am still giving the audio book 3 stars rather than to pan it. This audio book provides a good preview for the formatting and content of the hard copy book since I imagine that the audience for this book is very specialized. I plan to buy a hard copy after listening to the audio version because in no way is the audio version an ample substitute.

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    Anthony Freyberg Redding, Ct, US 01-21-17
    Anthony Freyberg Redding, Ct, US 01-21-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"

    I thought this might be an entertaining insight into the creation and production of a great, now classic movie. Instead it provided merely marginal new information combined with an uninspired reading of excerpts from the novel.

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