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Michael Corleone is returning to the U.S. after the two-year exile to Sicily in which listeners left him in The Godfather. But he is ordered to bring with him the young Sicilian bandit, Salvatore Guiliano, who is the unofficial ruler of northwestern Sicily. In his fight "to make Sicilians free people", the young folk hero, based on the real-life Giuliano of the 1940s, has made both the police and the Mafia his enemies. So when Don Croce Malo, chief of the Sicilian Mafia, and the policemen who has been tracking Guiliano each offer to help Corleone find the elusive Robin Hood, betrayal seems inevitable.

Mario Puzo has created a sequel to The Godfather that is every bit as compelling and dramatic. But The Sicilian is a distinct literary achievement in its historical inspiration and its vivid portrait of Sicilian peasant life.
©2001 Mario Puzo; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A side story

Sometimes referred as the second in a series by Puzo on the Corleone family, this is really more of a side story. The entire story takes place in Sicily. The main story is about a bandit Salvatore Guiliano who attempts to be a 1940's Robin Hood. It is also a history of Italy, Sicily and the Mafia. I always wondered how such an organization ever got started and this book explains in detail how and why. The book details how Italy throughout history was conquered, ill treated and terribly governed by the corrupt. Through reading this book you will easily see how the Mafia got started but also how the Mafia itself grew in power and became another corrupt government, so that the poor peasants of Italy had not one but two masters to answer too. I am glad I read this for the historical aspect alone. As far as entertainment value, it is a little boring for the first four chapters, picks up real well in the middle and then gets monotonous toward the end. The story about the bandit is riveting and a fun listen, but there are several parts of the book dedicated to dry history lessons and politics. This is no where near as entertaining as The Godfather, but I was glad I bought it. The Godfather is a hard value to beat.

31 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Heather
  • Irasburg, VT, United States
  • 08-03-12

Narration too fast

Would you try another book from Mario Puzo and/or Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, Charl?

I am a Mario Puzo fan and have "read" most of his books, I did not especially like the main narrator. It felt like he drank a pot of coffee and just started reading really fast. The character narrators were great however. I even tried to slow down my ipod, but it got weird.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tore Guilliano of coarse.

What didn’t you like about Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, Charl’s performance?

Main narrator reads too fast, too little inflection in his voice.

Was The Sicilian worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Good book overall and what I expected, other narrators have done a much better job at bringing the characters and story alive with Mario Puzo's stories, I would suggest sampling before purchasing.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Really bad.

What disappointed you about The Sicilian?

Ok , I thought this was the second Godfather. It obviously isn't. The narrator talks so fast I could hardly keep up. Just a very frustrating audiobook.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great story, but felt it was read to fast.

Took me two days to finish, as a trucker it was truly excellent, but I wish the person reading could have took a little longer, I felt that it seemed he was in a rush.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Garbage production! Read List...

1. Narrator is ultra sped up.
2. Narrator is expressionless.
3. It's an ensemble cast although nothing is said about that in details.
4. The actors jump in and out in a frantic way that makes nothing flow well.
5. All of those things made the story impossible to follow or to complete. I had to give up after a short while!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Too damn fast and slowing speed in app makes echo.

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

It is a Sicilian historical novel.

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

The book is a parallel book to the Godfather, taking place entirely in Sicily with Michael as the only connection.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, Charl?

Someone who speaks more slowly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story very captivating to the minds eye

This story is a classic Mafia story. defying the powers-that-be and being killed by duplicity

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HORRIBLE AUDIO ... good book though

The book itself was very good and I found it quite interesting. The main voice you hear is pleasant enough I suppose , but some of the character voices are so horrible that I almost could not finish the book. This has rarely happened to me with audible books. Some of these voices are so corny that you can't even believe someone would think them to be good

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Not great

Struggled to finish. Definitely not as good as the Godfather. It seems like Michael was added as an after thought.

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POOR Performance Ruins the Story...

How could the performance have been better?

The speed for the recording was somehow off. Too fast on "normal" speed, and too slow when I tried to adjust it. I also disliked the various character voices, versus one narrator. The story might be great, but the performance was so bad I could not listen.