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, Copp..Show More »ola 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.
The Godfather was a great book and the narration by Joe Montegna was also great. By contrast, The Sicilian sounds like a Dragnet spoof where some wise..Show More »guy speaks quickly out of the side of his mouth but without getting to the punchline. The different characters sound like they were recorded on an old tape recorder in various locations by gangster impressionists, then badly edited in some time later. There's no flow - the characters sound out of context.
Much like The Godfather meandering off into the minutiae of Johnny Fontaine this one is padded out with so much Hollywood I almost forgot it was about..Show More » a Son. Unlike The Godfather the rest just didn't do it for me.