Based on the lives of real people and yet so brutal and shocking in places that it's almost impossible to believe, Mario Puza weaves a dark and compelling narrative that climaxes with a blistering showdown.
Tyrant, blackmailer, racketeer, murderer - his influence reaches every level of American society. Meet Don Corleone, a friendly man, a just man, areasonable man. The deadliest lord of the Cosa Nostra. The Godfather.
A modern masterpiece,The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.
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"Here is all the classic material of Mafia mythology... spins a spell all its own" (The Times)
"The narrative bowls along... to keep readers turning pages all the way to an explosive showdown." (Daily Mail)
"The Godfather, one of the most entertaining and absorbing popular novels of the postwar period... Puzo's masterpiece" (Robert McCrum, Observer)
"Puzo's genius was to create a world so thick with personality and acknowledged rules of behaviour, along with its crime and violence, that reading his books becomes a seriously guilty pleasure" (New York Post)
"A splendid and distinguished blood saga of the Cosa Nostra, the American Mafia, and of the whirl created by five families of mafiosi at war in New York" (Sunday Times)
I love this book. I first read it back in the early 70s, and have revisited it many times since. It's also one of my all time favourite movies, Coppola clearly realising that it needed no Hollywood-style embellishment in order to make it one of the truly great movies. No sprauncy 'moviefying' for FF-C, just a simple but powerful adaptation of the novel, that stands the test of time, and brought together some of the finest screen talents Hollywood has ever produced.
I've been waiting for this to appear on Audible for a long, long time - and this year Santa brought it to my inbox! Hip-hip-hooray. I've been lost in the world of the Corleone's all over Christmas - and I've loved it!
A powerful portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld this masterpiece is also the story of the Corleone family, one of the biggest and most powerful families of the American Mafia. It still has the power to shock - even now - with the frightening juxtaposition of old fashioned loyalty and moral values, served up with a spectacularly bloody and unforgiving form of justice to those who fail to respect them.
It's nearly impossible for me to read or listen to this novel without seeing images of the peerless Marlon Brando , the young but powerful acting talents of Al Pacino, the perfectly cast John Cazale and James Caan, not forgetting Talia Shire and Diane Keaton.
My goodness, though, does Joe Mantegna give them a run for their money! Heavily influenced by the voices from the movie he gives a wonderful reading here - with the novel filling in all sorts of interesting gaps that the film could not give us. Lucca Brazzi's back story for example, I simply couldn't tear myself away, and I can see me listening to this unabridged narration often.
In case you hadn't gather, I love this unabridged presentation. Mantegna is absolutely marvellous, and the novel just gets better every time I read/listen. If you fancy spending some time in the murky, romanticised world of the Corleone family this comes highly recommended.
Beautifully narrated and excellent characterisations made this reading of the Godfather one that I couldn't turn off. I listened to it over four days and was completely involved in the world described by Mario Puzo. I can thoroughly recommend this audiobook for anyone to listen to - do this as a favour to yourself.
With such a great performance this book comes to life far more than it could by simply reading it.
I liked how B-plots in the movie were explored more in the book.
I have watched the film trilogy a million times. I know the script verbatim! But I never read the book. (I know, bad me). I love all the extra detail that as a film fan. you just don't get! about Vito Corleone and his rise as Godfather
The detail about Vito Corleone's rise to power, Tom Hagan and Kay's history. It builds their characters so much!
Knowing Joe's voice and knowing him from the Godfather III movie just brings it all to life. He has a powerful voice and its a great actor.
Michael's acceptance that he loved his father and that he had to take control and be a part of something he avoided all his life.
Absolutely loved it!!
I was s little worried the book would have dated, but it was fresh and exciting. Knowing the films only increased the pleasure. I regret having it on my wish list for so long now.
For me this audio book was even better than the film. I couldn't stop listening! It's well read and preformed. I'd say top 3 favourite audio books so far.
Absolutely amazing, ever sentence puts in the film again. As each chapter proceeds, it makes you want to watch the film again. Beautiful narrated.
Easily the best audio book I've ever listened to. Id never read The Godfather before, and im so glad I came to it via this medium. The narrator was a perfect choice. Loved it. Sad it's finished. Nothing else will be this good from now on.
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