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Publisher's Summary

The last don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless man who is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family's past spark a vicious war between two blood cousins.

This is a mesmerizing tale that takes us inside the equally corrupt worlds of the mob, the movie industry, and the casinos - where beautiful actresses and ruthless hit men are ruled by lust and violence, where sleazy producers and greedy studio heads are drunk with power, where crooked cops and desperate gamblers play dangerous games of betrayal, and where one man controls them all.

©1996 Mario Puzo; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The most entertaining read since The Godfather." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Skillfully crafted....it gives us Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the mob in one sweet dish." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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  • Dennis
  • FORT PIERCE, FL, United States
  • 12-08-12

Great book, alot of info Movie, Casinos

If you could sum up The Last Don in three words, what would they be?

Family Loyality Betrayal

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

First time and he did a great job enjoyed his read and the characters have real feeling

If you could rename The Last Don, what would you call it?

Last Don's Family

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the book learned alot about film making and how they cheat investors and about the mind set of the Casinos

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Great Book.

What made the experience of listening to The Last Don the most enjoyable?

I had listened to an Abridged version many years ago and I really enjoyed getting the "rest" of the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cross of course. No need to ask why, it would not be a good book without him.

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

No this is the first one of his that I've listened to. Unfortunately for him (Joe Barrett) I was expecting the same reader that read the abridged version I had listened to before (Joe Mantegna), and was disappointed in how Barrett read it.

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

No Not really

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I HAVE TO GIVE IT 5 STARS

I have to give it 5 stars since I have listened to it only 6 times so far and will probably listen to it at least once every 2 years. You gotta Love Puzo

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jerrbear
  • Post Falls, ID United States
  • 07-12-10

A Cheap Imitation

I could hardly believe that this was written by the same author who wrote The Godfather. So many two-dimensional characters to keep track of; characters who I frankly didn't care about. The whole thing seemed like a cheap imitation of The Godfather written by some talentless hack.

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  • ann
  • Abbotsford, B.C., Canada
  • 05-23-10

SPELLBOUND!

This is an eye opener, at least for me. There is never a dull moment and I had a hard time putting it down to do other things. I highly recommend it!

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Not a True Crime Story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I thought this book was a story of true crime, so I was very confused about who these people were until about half way through. Obviously, I felt rather silly, but it was a good book nonetheless. I would recommend it to any friend who enjoys mafia fiction.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mario Puzo? Why or why not?

Yes. This book was was very different from The Godfather. I'd be inclined to give Mr. Puzo the benefit of the doubt and assume his other works can stand on their own.

Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

Athena. Somehow the male author managed to make her sound like a sexy woman. He did a terrific job with all the characters and it would be a pleasure to hear him narrate additional books.

Do you think The Last Don needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I would be OK with that, but only ONE. Tell us what happened with Cross and Athena, Bethany, Rose; that would be nice. Just don't beat it to death.

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  • Jillian
  • Waynesburg, pa, United States
  • 07-12-12

I don't know why I can't get into it

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who haven't read the godfather and just watched the first movie

What could Mario Puzo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I jsut couldn't love the characters like the ones in the Godfather book

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joe Barrett?

No he was fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Sorry Mario.... I love you

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Naushad
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 09-06-11

Well read, but

Just wish he could pronounce the names better and was more natural with the dialogue

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