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In this entertaining and insightful essay, Mario Puzo chronicles his rise from struggling writer to overnight success after the publication of The Godfather.

With equal parts cynicism and humor, Puzo recounts the book deal and his experiences in Hollywood while writing the screenplay for the movie. Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Evans, Peter Bart, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino all make appearances - as does Frank Sinatra, in his famous and disastrous encounter with Puzo.

First published in 1972, the essay is now available as an audiobook for the first time. A must-have for every Godfather fan!

Featuring a foreword by Ed Falco, author of The Family Corleone.

©1972 Mario Puzo (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Extremely enjoyable, fun, and educational!!

This is the second book I have read on the making of The Godfather, and it is by far the better as well as most enjoyable.

The book is very educational about Mario Puzo, the road that brought him to write The Godfather, and the road that brought it to the silver screen.

The subject and material are great and would have been with almost any narrator but I have to take a minute to stress something and hope Audible sees it and takes it to heart: Narrator Max Casella was absolutely one of the most fun, most enjoyable narrators I have heard out of hundreds of audible books. The term "words roll off the tongue" has never so accurately described a narrator. I cannot stress enough that Casella made this book so much fun to listen to and so enjoyable.

Another fact is that the book is well produced. I have researched and spent more than one typically would to have a high-end speaker and headphones to listen to my books, but some are so much quieter than others. This book is produced well enough I only had to run my speaker at about 60%. And, I put the speaker in a ziplock bag to be able to use it in the shower, and the book still only had to be turned up around 70% to play through a bag with water running.

At 100%, some books do not project well even on my headphones, let alone in a bag in a shower. Audible, please set some kind of production standards on books so that they sound as good as this one!!!!

A very enjoyable read... and I am not even a fan of The Godfather!!