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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Worth going back and re-reading (listening)

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Having watched the Godfather many times I had forgotten much of the original book since my first reading (in the 70s). Listening to it many years later was a purely delightful experience allowing me to both recall images from the move mixed with the natural visions you develop when reading a book. By far one of the more realxing listens. For anyone who has both read the book and seen the movie (years ago) it is worth going back and simply enoying the performance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Godfather?

There are too many but one that I have always enjoyed is the meeting in Las Vegas where everyone realizes that Michael truly is the new Don.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He helps you envision the scenes from the movie with his character voices. But it is his narrative voice that you begin to realize is what truly delives the experience.

If you could rename The Godfather, what would you call it?

You do not change perfection.

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  • Karen
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  • 03-31-13

Unsettling Style

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not especially. I love the Godfather and have read it before and (of course) seen the movies many times. The narration was unsettling. Having one reader to do the narration and a host of others to read the dialogue was off putting to me. It was more like a radio dramatization than an audio book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Don himself.

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

See above.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

HA! Is there anyone who hasn't seen The Godfather?

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Professional narration of this book is great!

Would you listen to The Godfather again? Why?

Yes! It's so well written, so well narrated, and so full of challenges to our notions of right and wrong, that I wonder why we didn't have professional narration before?

What other book might you compare The Godfather to and why?

:Les Miserables or The Brothers Karmazov

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

The variation on accents, emotions, and giving the sense that your are right there listening.

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

If I could, but it's a bit log to be able to do that. Breaking it into sessions works fine with me.

Any additional comments?

Can you, (Have you) done this with Les Mis, or tjhe Brother's Karamazov? I'd love it!

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  • Rob
  • Fort Worth, Texas, United States
  • 03-18-13

Made Me Want to Rewatch the Movie

What made the experience of listening to The Godfather the most enjoyable?

This was a great audiobook experience. I love the 1972 Godfather film, and I love the book just as much. There have always been small details in the film that I was curious about, and Puzo's novel explains those gaps. I also appreciate the development of side characters such as Johnny Fontaine and Jules the doctor, who is not even in the film at all. I realize that The Godfather is a cinematic masterpiece and, even though the book came first, it's hard to live up to the film. I now understand why Francis Ford Coppola wanted to adapt this book into the movie that it became. Like the film, the book is a masterpiece.

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Book and performance far exceed the movie!

What made the experience of listening to The Godfather the most enjoyable?

The dramatization using multiple voices for different persons in the story, was a thrilling change from the dull single narrators. The action was great, the writer has much depth and feeling in his book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Godfather?

One of the most memorable moments, one of my personal favorites, is a tossup between the revenge on Solotso and the cop and the excecution of the other dons.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

The narrators were great, their accents perfectly authentic, and read with true feeling, and most excellent delivery!

If you could rename The Godfather, what would you call it?

The Italian

Any additional comments?

Definitely a worthy purchase, and addition to any lover of fiction.

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New Favorite Book

What did you love best about The Godfather?

The storytelling was amazing, and the full cast production added the next layer to it.<br/><br/>New favorite book!

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Loved it!!!

I read the paperback years ago, and the Audible version does not disappoint. Epic story, great performance, great book. I recommend this one!

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Best listen EVER!

What did you love best about The Godfather?

The narration team is impeccable. They sound wonderful, and are edited in perfect timing. I never listened to an audible book with such a perfect performance.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrative is spectacular. It transports us into the Corleone mafia family's world, with an omniscient point of view, keeping us attached to the story from minute one. It's like watching to an extended version of "The Godfather" movies 1 and 2, with richer details.

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

The narrator himself sounds a bit metallic, like a machine sometimes, but it doesn't come to the point of getting us bored, like it's the case with other books. The great differential is the team narration.

Who was the most memorable character of The Godfather and why?

Michael Corleone is my favorite. He incarnates a man who fights agains his fate, but is drawn to it by the savagery of his world. It's an epic tragic character, who is winner and loser at the same time. He's a successful mafioso, but he loses himself in the process, becoming, like his father before him, a puppet of the millennial heritage of bloodshed represented by the sicilian mafia and its omertà.

Any additional comments?

If someone is wandering what to listen first, to get the flavor of being an audible member, this is the way to go. I have had some disappointments along my two year membership, but this one is the higher point I ever got listening to these books.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK

What did you love best about The Godfather?

This book is even better than the movie.

Any additional comments?

I very much enjoyed the voices of Tom Hagen and Michael. The narrator was also quite good. The female voices were a little brutal. I wanted to send the voice of Connie and Kay to Sleep with the Fishes.

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Exceeded my expectations

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Wonderful narration and an amazing story that far exceeded my expectations after seeing the movie many times.

What did you like best about this story?

Character development was great and the narration added to the book, while so many others I have listened to actually took away from the experience