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The Godfather

Written by: Mario Puzo
Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
Series: The Godfather
Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Classics
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1969 Mario Puzo (P)2014 Audible Studios

Critic Reviews

"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)
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Epic. Classic.

Loved it.
Classic Mario Puzo, maybe even his best work ever. The grandiose and charm, as well as the structure, strength and the darkness of the Sicilian Corleone family is brought out with such flourish and flair.

The narration is splendid as well. The author couldn't have done better. Every character and every line is delivered with the perfect form and perfection.
I especially loved the way he read Don Corleone's dialogues.

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Masterpiece

Brilliant narration of a gr8 book. A must listen, and a must read!! God Father

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God father

not a difficult guess as to who the real God father is... quite gripping. too bold for its times.

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A classic brought alive by a perfect performance.

Family, Friendships and Honour. Tenets to live by churned into an enriching experience by the artist.

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Relive the Cult phenomenon!

Super performance for a super book! Well done Audible team. . Thanks for prit this memorable experience!

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Great book

Loved it. No wonder it's a classic. A great performance as well. Though chapters are not in sync

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It's better than the movie

yes it is better than the movie and you get to know each character in depth. Bonus with characters edited out of the movie. Full of everything that a fiction can give.

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Classic narrated as it is..

the classic need no introduction.. and Joe's narration gave the authenticity it deserves. awesome book.. thanks audible.

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  • Beru
  • 29-05-17

Amazing Book and Narration

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

The book is already really good and the narrator really makes a good job with the speed and the different voices for the different characters.

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  • christal
  • 02-10-16

The greatest

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-20

Great experience all round

Loved it; great experience all round.

Did my expectations justice and found so much more backstory that put some things in a new frame after the movies.

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  • Ben O'Neill
  • 24-07-18

Fantastic performance and an epic story

I loved Joe M’s performance. His voice tweaked to deliver Connie and Mrs Corleone were fabulous and true to character. I found myself wishing for more appearances of the Godfathers wife just to hear the voice.

After only seeing the movies and never reading the book I was surprised by the saucy and provocative sex stories. But it truely was unabridged.

Well done.

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  • Dedre
  • 21-03-18

Simply the best

Excellent plot. Intriguing. Mysterious. Narrator fantastic. Thanks for a most exciting book. I do wonder how much is fact vs fiction though.

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  • Emilio
  • 09-11-17

My first 5 out of 5

It is that good. Flawless performance and writing.

Ok how many more words do I n. Done.

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  • suze0501@aol.com
  • 26-02-15

DO NOT MISS THIS!

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.




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  • jon
  • 02-02-15

the godfather

As brilliant as the film. A good listen. The narrative was the best I've heard

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  • Ellen Tebbutt
  • 01-02-15

Gripping

This audiobook is very well read in a clear and characterful voice. The story is interesting and the characters are well developed.

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  • Matty Allen
  • 26-01-15

Brilliant Reading

Joe Montano brings Mario Puzo's Classic to life... flawlessly. I would recommend to anyone new to Audible to start here.

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  • Jobo
  • 01-01-15

Superb and gripping story. It deserves respect.

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.

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  • Mr. S. P. Mcalister
  • 11-12-14

A movie classic in audio

Would you consider the audio edition of The Godfather to be better than the print version?

With such a great performance this book comes to life far more than it could by simply reading it.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how B-plots in the movie were explored more in the book.

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  • Ren
  • 10-12-14

Enlightening

What did you like most about The Godfather?

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

What did you like best about this story?

The detail about Vito Corleone's rise to power, Tom Hagan and Kay's history. It builds their characters so much!

What does Joe Mantegna bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

Absolutely loved it!!

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  • Christopher Hegan
  • 07-12-19

Still great in parts but terribly dated.

Knowing the plot diminished my enjoyment of this great tale somewhat, but what made it a really hard slog at times was Puzo’s positively CroMagnon attitudes to and beliefs about sex. Honestly, just skip all the sexual exploits of Sonny, Johnny and the others entirely. Mario Puzo literally has no idea whatsoever about female sexuality. He trots out purple passages of women gagging for it and being sated by the most absurd goings on imaginable. He also has an annoying habit of stopping on the verge of a major plot advance and delving deep into the personality and history of some minor character. Not a bad device, used judiciously but here heavily over-indulged. Finally the complete absence of any flaw in the character of Don Corleone makes him appear, finally, like one of the plaster saints that adorn so many walls in the story.
Having experienced the book, I say “Hats off” to Coppola for making a a much greater work of art out of such flawed material.

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  • Athavan Arunachalam
  • 14-01-16

I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse

Absolutely amazing, ever sentence puts in the film again. As each chapter proceeds, it makes you want to watch the film again. Beautiful narrated.

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  • Richard
  • 23-01-15

The Best Audiobook I've listened to

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.

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  • Andy
  • 09-01-16

It's true, it is a classic.

The book is really a fantastic read. Even if you have seen the movie. Everything about this audiobook is good also, the narrator is excellent, and had a slight accent which I always like, his pace is great, and your attention is held the whole way through.

I know it's a bit old fashioned, and some of the ideas aren't how I'd like to be personally, but it's the insight the book gives you into something, to the other life. That's the really awesome part it plays.

I've already started downloading the next book in the series!

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  • Stephen
  • 05-12-18

Masterpiece - Stand-Alone for Puzo's Work

This was an excellent listen, in particular because of the amazing addition of Joe's voice tackling the tones, accents and characteristics of everyone in this book like an absolute boss.

If you read this and want to move onto the second book (The Sicilian) be prepared for disappointment in the quality of the delivery, because Joe sets such a high standard with this book that the others are not in the same league.

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  • Thomas
  • 06-03-19

Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

Quite simply magnificent. As a fan of the films it was a delight to learn more about the internal motivations of these characters. This is a book which you can't put down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-18

Engaging story, brilliantly narrated

Great story that despite being familiar to most people, is still thoroughly engaging. The narration is as close to perfect as you could hope for. Such a rich telling of a fascinatingly brutal story that hasn't lost any of its impact in half a century

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  • Rebecca
  • 27-06-18

What a classic - and performance to match

Absolutely loved this - probably my favourite audiobook to date. Mario's story is so captivating; a classic and timeless book that will continue to dominate throughout the ages.
Joe's performance is fantastic the whole way through

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  • Ahnaf Aaqif
  • 10-07-20

Truly remarkable

I love the movie series, but this was a beautiful novel. One to cherish for a long time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-06-20

Beautiful~

One of the best books ever read by a fantastic actor giving it his all!

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  • Rhys
  • 23-05-20

A great book with a strong performance

The performance is one of the best areas, the narrator sometimes almost sounding like he fears the don

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-20

loved it

great story and great narrator, could not recommend highly enough. I purchased this book as I wanted a story revolving around the Italian American mafia and could not have asked for better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-19

Classic

Classic book, even if you have seen the movie it allows you to reacquaint yourself with the Corleone's again. A must for any mafia fiction/non-fiction aficionado