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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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  • Aaron
  • Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA
  • 10-31-08

Movie is Great, Book is Better

This is an excellent production of the book, the cast performs brilliantly; it's like listening to an unabridged radio play. If you have only seen the film, you cannot appreciate the depth of the characters until you experience the book. It is a must read.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Fremont, NE, United States
  • 03-05-09

Couldn't Disagree More...

With the folks who gave this book (and the narrator) low ratings. Wow - were they listening to the same audio book I listened to?

This is one of the few multi-voice audio books I've listened to and I thought they did a great job!

I was a little surprised at how graphic the book is for the time period that it was written, but that's probably just my naivete.

I thought the story was compelling and enjoyed the additional chapters on Johnny Fontaine (that was not carried into the movie).

The scariest part is wondering how true to life the book really is, and whether the mafia really has this much power.

Great book - lived up to its billing!

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Enticing until the end...........

I loved the Charater narrators. It made a great book more like an "old time Radio" experience and helped develop the charaters even more. Brilliant!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeffrey
  • Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
  • 10-25-09

EXCELLENT!

Having never read this before and watched the movies over and over again, I was excited to get right into this. I was not disappointed. The added details and back stories make The Godfather better than ever. Highly recommend this. Great narration, best I have listened to yet.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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The Masterpiece of its Genre

I read this in my teens and of course I've seen the movies. Listening to it after all these years gave me a new appreciation for Puzo's masterpiece as well as Audible. I simply didn't want the book to end. I was disappointed to learn Gofather 2 was not based on a sequel.

The narration was superb, a difficult task for such a familiar story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great performance; great book

I had seen the movie a long time ago and didn't remember most of it, so listening to the book was a great treat. The narration and sound quality are quite good -- the copyright for the audio is in the mid-80's so it's not quite as crisp and clean as some newer audiobooks, but this did not detract from the story or narration for me.
This IS a multi-narrated story, but this worked fine for me. I recommend this story highly.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!

When each character has a different voice it is probably going to be good and this audio book does. The book is much the same as the movie with the background added. Some of the background related to sex would have pushed the movie beyond the "R" rating. If you liked the movie; get this too!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This book is much better than the movies

I will listen to this book again. The story is as relevant today as it was in the 40's. I am really glad to have this book in my library, this is a keeper.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • K
  • 07-11-12

Loved the Story - Hated the Narration

Any additional comments?

I loved The Godfather when I read the book. Also I am a big fan of the movies (I & II). I really enjoyed hearing the story however the narration is really distracting at times. The main narrator uses very little natural inflection in his voice so he sounds flat and unaffected by what he is reading. He's too stiff. The other narrators, those that "portray characters" are pretty good. Kay Adams even sounds a bit like Diane Keaton. And I can completely envision Pacino's Michael from the voice of his narrator. Overall, the time and money investment was worth it but I wonder if I would have enjoyed Joe Mantegna's (aka the Simpsons' Fat Tony) performance more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • 05-09-12

Lisa

What did you love best about The Godfather?

If you can believe it I have never seen the movie or read the book. I enjoyed listening to this book, which is an epic story of an Italian immigrant family who happens to be a major part of the mafia. Found the characters really well developed and the story engrossing.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Great narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were a lot of moving parts of this book but one that stands out for me is Lucy finding love after Sonny's death with a doctor that made her whole in more ways than one.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to listen to the second book int his series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful