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The Godfather Audiobook

The Godfather

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Publisher's Summary

The Godfather is an extraordinary novel which has become a modern-day classic. Puzo pulls us inside the violent society of the Mafia and its gang wars.

The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

Mario Puzo, a master storyteller, introduces us to unforgettable characters, and the elements of this world explode to life in this violent and impassioned chronicle.

A multi-voice production, including narrators Dan Price, Lorna Johnson, Don Stroup, Terry Bozeman, Richard Lavin, Amy Sunshine, Larry Brandenburg, Rose Nadolsky, Peter Syvertsen, Jane Brody, Bob O'Donnell, Joe Van Slyke, Marie Chambers, Si Osborne, Chuck Winter, Charles Fuller, and Malcolm Rothman.

©2004 Mario Puzo; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Filled with the requisite valor, love, and rancor of a great epic, The Godfather is the definitive gangster novel." (Amazon.com)

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    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 09-10-15
    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 09-10-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Inside an Italian Mafia family"

    "The Godfather" tells the story of the inner workings of an Italian Mafia family. The main characters are the Corleone family and its patriarch, Don Vito. When the book was written, there was some concern that it would glorify the illegal activity described within. For me, it achieved this as it was hard to dislike the Corleone family. I would liken them to a modern day Robin Hood as Don Vito helped the needy and doled out justice in a seemingly fair manner. Everything they did had a reason, and even murder seemed justified.

    The character development was excellent and Puzo gave an in depth back story for many. Don Vito's birth name was Vito Andolini. When his father was killed by the Sicilian mafia, his mother sent him to America to protect Vito from the inevitable attempt to end his life. In America, Vito changed his name to Corleone, which was the city in Sicily he was from. Vito was a soft spoken man and not prone to violence. However, during the great depression money was scarce and he turned to robbery with his neighbors Peter Clemenza and Salvatore Tessio. When the local extortionist, Don Fanucci, demanded a cut from the robbery, Vito made up his mind to kill him, thus beginning his criminal career and sealing his destiny.

    Don Vito had three sons, the oldest named Santino but was called Sonny. Sonny Corleone was in line to take over the family business and was being tutored by his father. Sonny had a short and violent temper, which proved to be his fatal flaw. The middle son, Frederico, called Fredo, was an obedient son, never questioning his father or embarrassing him in public. Fredo, however, froze under pressure and could not be counted on to run the family business. The youngest son, Michael, was the black sheep of the family. Michael wanted no part of the family business and went out of his way to avoid it. Going against his father's wishes, he enlisted in the Army during World War II, in which he was wounded. Michael was the intellectual in the family and attended Dartmouth college. Destiny had plans for Michael and circumstances brought him back into the family business.

    Despite all the violence and illegal activity, I found myself liking the Corleone family. When the mob war started, I found myself rooting for their success. In the end, revenge was exacted against those who betrayed the family and the Corleones doled out their unique brand of justice.

    I found the book to be very interesting and hard to put down. The only negatives I found were that Puzo's back stories were sometimes a bit long and distracted my attention from the main story. Also, the writing was at times too abrupt and didn't appear to flow seamlessly. Other than that, I was caught up in the story and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a Robin Hood type read and the ultimate brand of justice.

    The full cast performances were simply superb. Not only were the characters easily recognizable, but also the emotions were excellently portrayed. This was just like watching the movie, only the action took place in my mind. I recommend this book without any reservations. It was awesome!

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    James Turner Temecula, CA USA 08-29-13
    James Turner Temecula, CA USA 08-29-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic Story and Production"

    Like many, I was familiar with the story from the movie, although it was a bit foggy.

    It took me a little while to get used to the narration and the full cast, but after the first or second section, I was really enjoying it. The main cast was very good. A few of the very minor characters weren't acted as well or over-acted, but were quickly gone.

    The story was, of course, more fleshed out than the movie. Quite adult in tone and details. Not for the faint of heart!

    Highly recommended.

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    Larry Watersmeet, MI, United States 05-14-11
    Larry Watersmeet, MI, United States 05-14-11
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    "As we know, a good book - but.."

    We all know this is a great novel, but the narrator in this audible will put you too sleep at the best. The narration is awful - save your money and read the book.

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-11-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-11-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Better than the movie!!!"

    The movie is a classic and Puzo's book is just as brilliant if not even better as it's filled with tidbits and details of information that better help explain certain things that the movies do not. Meanwhile, the production is top-notch and the narration is superb!

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    Robert Plano, TX, USA 08-03-17
    Robert Plano, TX, USA 08-03-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Outstanding full cast audio"

    Truly impressed with the performance as well as the story. Adds dimension to the movies that I have enjoyed for years.

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    WT 04-17-17
    WT 04-17-17
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    "A definite MUST!"

    If you love the movie trilogy you will love this awesome story and perfect cast of voice actors and narration.

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    Thomas P Perkins 04-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The best!!!!"

    Great book another one of those "better than the movie" books. I loved it and listened to it 4 times already.

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    Sahara B 03-22-17
    Sahara B 03-22-17
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    "Simply the best"

    After watching the movie Ten thousand times it was great to hear how it started

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    brian 03-15-17
    brian 03-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent take."
    What made the experience of listening to The Godfather the most enjoyable?

    The narration, even if I didn't recognize any of the cast.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Don, the actor who voiced him did an excellent job.


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

    I hadn't.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not.


    Any additional comments?

    It would've been better with sound effects and music, but, still quite good.

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    Coy J. Hutcherson Greenfield, IN 03-07-17
    Coy J. Hutcherson Greenfield, IN 03-07-17

    Coy J Hutcherson

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    "Completely pulled in to the story"

    I couldn't stop listening and finished the book in short order. It felt like I was listening to a well done radio program from the 30's. One of the best audio narrations I have listened to.

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