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The Godfather's Revenge

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: The Godfather Returns, Book 3
Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
4 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Mark Winegardner's foray into Mario Puzo territory is not without example. Both Robert Ludlum and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle left behind characters who've come to life again in the works of others. Facing the daunting task of portraying Michael Corleone and "The Family" with authenticity, Winegardner proves a brilliant one-upsman. He's reverent to Puzo's style while expanding the characters' lives in convincing ways. A must for fans of the original Godfather.

Publisher's Summary

The third installment in Mario Puzo's epic chronicle of the Corleone crime family - one of the most enduring lineages in American literature and cinema - achieves a stunning crescendo with a story that imagines the role of the Mafia in the assassination of a young, charismatic president.

©2006 The Estate of Mario Puzo (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Peguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved

Critic Reviews

"Winegardner's deft plot-spinning is rivaled only by his sure grasp of Goodfellas mise-en-scene, the profanity-laced witticisms, the fashion fetishizing, the cool, long, dark '60s Chevy Biscaynes....A worthy addition to the chronicle of la famigilia Corleone." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Randy
  • Fairfield, OH, United States
  • 12-28-06

Not So Great

After listening to the Godfather Returns, I could not wait to read this last installment. Mark Winegardner did not do a very good job creating this story. I loved the premise but the over book is just weak and left me feeling like I was in someways short changed, however he does manage to tie up all the loose ends.

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  • Jaclyn
  • Brighton, CO, United States
  • 06-06-16

Good with just few buts

I liked the story though the ending was bit of disappointment as just cut off. Also the narrator was good but it would be awesome to have all these novels read by Joe Mantegna.

It was a good book and audiobook overall with just some minor dislikes or rather changes would've li

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Rounds out the series and definitely leaves you wanting more.

Winegardner certainly does the whole series service by drawing out these long loved and venerable villains. The first book post Puzo is such an eye opener because Winegadner does such a loving job unpacking all the possibilities posed by the original. This one keeps that love affair with the Lionhearted going, but Michael stays so cold and the arch of the story reaches for some grand historical allusions, when what we really want is to spend time with the family. There's a lot of pain in this one, and I suppose that's a fitting way to round out what was a hay day that brightened meteoric and then faded under its own tarnishing. Ciao Cosa Nostra.

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  • Armand
  • Hudson, Florida, United States
  • 03-04-13

Dont waste your time or money

What would have made The Godfather's Revenge better?

More interesting story

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Winegardner again?

Probably not.

How could the performance have been better?

I don't think the narrator could have made it better, perhaps more enthusiasm.

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

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Boring story, boring presentation, no substitute for M. Puzo

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Thouroughly enjoyed!

I am a huge fan of The Godfather, so I enjoyed all the extra stories of the characters lives, fully captivated me! Great narration too!

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It brought me right into that world.

I hated ever having to pause the book. I felt like I was there. The suspense had me riveted.

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  • StealyDan
  • Northern Virginia, United States
  • 09-13-15

Fills in the gaps

Ever wonder what happened to Tom Hagen? Or Johnny Fontaine? This and other gaps in the sprawling Godfather narrative are filled. Winegardner really makes an effort to capture Mario Puzo's tone and pacing, so this book fits in quite nicely with the original. So many characters, it's difficult to keep everybody straight. But it's a fun read, and Scott Brick's performance is first-rate.

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  • Bitti
  • Spring City, TN
  • 08-23-15

Boring, but narrated well ...

you can't wait to get back to listening some books, but this one was easy to forget. It seemed to ramble on and on.

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Ok - but not great

As in The Godfather Returns , the story timeline kept bouncing around , although not as much as the second book did .

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It Could Have Been Written By Mario

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

If you like the Godfather books this is a must listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the development of the characters that only had bit parts in the movies. Some character I don't remember at all from the movies.

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

The first God Father sequel. They were both very good