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The Making of the Godfather

Narrated by: Max Casella
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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In this entertaining and insightful essay, Mario Puzo chronicles his rise from struggling writer to overnight success after the publication of The Godfather.

With equal parts cynicism and humor, Puzo recounts the book deal and his experiences in Hollywood while writing the screenplay for the movie. Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Evans, Peter Bart, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino all make appearances - as does Frank Sinatra, in his famous and disastrous encounter with Puzo.

First published in 1972, the essay is now available as an audiobook for the first time. A must-have for every Godfather fan!

Featuring a foreword by Ed Falco, author of The Family Corleone.

©1972 Mario Puzo (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Fascinating look behind the scenes of The Godfather movie!

I recently listened to the audio book and watched the movie of The Godfather. I loved them both! When I saw this book was available, I couldn't resist because I'm still hungry for more of the story. I wasn't disappointed! There is much drama that took place before and during the making of the movie. There is much information presented that truly suprised me. The author doesn't have all the input i thought they did. The parts about Frank Sinatra shocked me. Some of the people who were considered for main parts shocked me. I recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of The Godfather but I also recommend the book/audio book for comparison to the movie. There is so much detail that was not in the movie.

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Extremely enjoyable, fun, and educational!!

This is the second book I have read on the making of The Godfather, and it is by far the better as well as most enjoyable.

The book is very educational about Mario Puzo, the road that brought him to write The Godfather, and the road that brought it to the silver screen.

The subject and material are great and would have been with almost any narrator but I have to take a minute to stress something and hope Audible sees it and takes it to heart: Narrator Max Casella was absolutely one of the most fun, most enjoyable narrators I have heard out of hundreds of audible books. The term "words roll off the tongue" has never so accurately described a narrator. I cannot stress enough that Casella made this book so much fun to listen to and so enjoyable.

Another fact is that the book is well produced. I have researched and spent more than one typically would to have a high-end speaker and headphones to listen to my books, but some are so much quieter than others. This book is produced well enough I only had to run my speaker at about 60%. And, I put the speaker in a ziplock bag to be able to use it in the shower, and the book still only had to be turned up around 70% to play through a bag with water running.

At 100%, some books do not project well even on my headphones, let alone in a bag in a shower. Audible, please set some kind of production standards on books so that they sound as good as this one!!!!

A very enjoyable read... and I am not even a fan of The Godfather!!

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