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Mario Puzo's the Godfather: Anniversary Edition

Mario Puzo's the Godfather: Anniversary Edition

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by Mario Puzo, Joe Mantegna (Read by)

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More than forty years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones.

The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast


More than forty years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones.

The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

Mario Puzo, a master storyteller, introduces us to unforgettable characters, and the elements of this world explode to life in this violent and impassioned chronicle.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Audio
Puzo's 1969 potboiler and the 1972 Oscar-winning film version caused the popular definition of godfather to change from "surrogate parent" to "criminal leader." Title character Don Vito Corleone is patriarch of the most powerful of the five New York crime families. He takes complete care of his people, who in return obey him implicitly. Although laced with sex, brutal murders, and other crimes and violence, this is far from a pulp novel. Puzo tells a complicated story about the relationships among the Corleones and their interactions with the outside world. VERDICT Actor Joe Mantegna provides a fine reading, even though his version of Vito's voice sometimes sounds like a bad Marlon Brando imitation (although they are so connected, it's probably impossible not to inflect Brando when channeling Vito). Recommended for all those who appreciate thrillers with social commentary and psychological insights. Devotees of the film also will find more character development and plotting.—I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA
Publishers Weekly
The deck’s stacked against this audio adaptation of the novel that inspired one of the most acclaimed feature films of all time. The powerful visual imagery at the end of Francis Ford Coppola’s film adaptation of Puzo’s novel—the alternating between a baptism and coordinated hits on rival mob bosses—is so indelible that any other depiction must suffer in comparison. Hearing any narrator read that a character “put three bullets” in another’s chest just can’t hold a candle to seeing it, at least as Coppola filmed the scene. Ditto for the shocker when a certain animal head turns up in a certain character’s bed. However, that’s not to say that narrator Joe Mantegna’s reading is at fault. Turning in compelling and nuanced performance, Mantegna’s gravelly-voiced Don Corleone is close enough to Marlon Brando’s not to jar, and the narrator (who appeared in The Godfather: Part III) also pulls off female voices effectively. More notably, despite his decades of voicing a parodistic mobster on The Simpsons, Mantegna’s use of different accents and modes of speech insures that his characterizations never come across as stereotypical. A Signet paperback. (Mar.)

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Meet the Author

Mario Puzo was born in New York and, following military service in World War II, attended New York’s New School for Social Research and Columbia University. His best-known novel, The Godfather, has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. He has published several critically acclaimed novels including The Fortunate Pilgrim and The Sicilian. He has also written the screenplays for all three Godfather movies, for which he received two Academy Awards.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 15, 1920
Date of Death:
July 2, 1999
Place of Birth:
New York City
Place of Death:
Bay Shore, Long Island
Attended New York City's New School for Social Research and Columbia University

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The Godfather (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 325 reviews.
theReaderAA More than 1 year ago
i decided to read the godfather because it is one of my favorite movies of all time. now, after having read the book i see the whole story in a different light. mario puzo writes this book with such passion and detail, and writes about each charicter in depth no matter how small a part they play. i recomend this book for all godfather fanatics. i will leave you breathless no matter how many times you have seen the movie.
SSommers More than 1 year ago
I was amazed at the character study that this book represents and I wanted to turn to the next page before I was finished with the one I was on. Mario Puzo's characters were as real as they come. The realationships between the Don and his family gave you a number of feelings. There were those that he didn't trust, and those that he would give his life for. The Godfather's characters brought you into the story and gave more meaning to it. This is the story of the Corleone Family and their existence in the N.Y. Mafia. The story covers a time span of the early 1900's until the late 1940's. The Godfather was the first of its kind. Others have tried to imitate but came up short. A great story by a great author. Highly recommend.
Tatian_O More than 1 year ago
The remarkable thing about Mario Puzo's novel was the way it seemed to be told from the inside out; he didn't give us a world of international intrigue, but a private club as constricted as the seventh grade. Everybody knew everybody else and had a pretty good feeling of what they were up to. The Godfather himself is not even the central character in the book. That position goes to the youngest, brightest son, Michael, who understands the nature of his father's position while revising his old-fashioned ways. The Godfather's role in the family enterprise is described by his name; he stands outside the next generation which will carry on and, hopefully, angle the family into legitimate enterprises. All in all this a great novel because it provides the same thirst quenching sensation as a bottle of cold water on a hot and sunny day. Definitely a must -Tatian. O
TheButler More than 1 year ago
Okay, here's the thing. If you haven't seen the movie or read the book but plan to, READ THE BOOK FIRST. You will appreciate Mario Puzo's style and ability to make you feel like you are right there along side the characters that you fall in love with so much more if you do. Puzo creates a world that is realistic and makes sense with everything that is surrounded by the 1930s. The movie is also a classic. It portrays Puzo's masterpiece in a way I have never seen any other movie do. It gives the book justice and is so close to what Puzo describes, it feels like you are re-reading the book. Again, read the book first. If you haven't already read Puzo's writing, you are missing out. It's not called a classic for nothing.
Marginia Orantes More than 1 year ago
you cannot go wrong in buying this book!! its absolutely great!
easymonkey More than 1 year ago
The story is about the battle among a potential crime family- Corleone and some other mafia families in New York. This story shows that no matter who you are, what kind of job you've been holding - you always maintain your own characteristics and qualities. Don't be affected or attracted by other people or anyone outside the society. It also shows the love and moral inside of a family about how they are happy or sad when one of the family member is in danger. Trying to do the best to protect the family and trust in each member of the family regardless of how bad the consequences will cause.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
The Godfather is every bit the classic as the movie and one of the few where I like both the book and the film. In my opinion, this is the heart of all Mafia type novels and I think there can be nothing better than this book. The book starts off with an introduction on what kind of a person Don Corleone is. He oozes respect and class. The first few lines you read about him, you know that although he's the type of person you would turn to and someone you can trust, there's another side of him you wouldn't want to see and better off not knowing. Throughout the book you get mini stories in between the actual real plot. You get the inside-out of other characters and their background stories. It does aid the plot in some areas, in others, it's just a way of knowing some extra information - which still makes it a great read. Yes, you do get the classical Mafia wars that's an automatic requirement to make this a "mob novel" but it's done in such a way where it's classy and although it's unfortunate to happen to some characters in the novel, you're left thinking: "Well..you should have known better in the first place". The characters are rich and filled with life throughout the book. I think it's thanks to these "mini stories" you have throughout the novel and it gives the characters more "flesh" so to speak. I like how they're all connected somehow with the Corleone family either through family relations, friendship, or the "favour" being done so the debt is being repaid. There's not too many characters to make it confusing, and there's even a specific part in the book where Puzo takes the time to explain to the reader which Don is which and of which family he is leader of, also he explains the ranks of Mafia as well to help the reader understand. He does a great job with explaining carefully that you're not left lost or wondering who is who. It may feel like there's a lot of characters but there's really just a group of central characters that you have to focus on which makes it less confusing and a much enjoyable read.The plot is very well done. There are certain parts where the plot "takes a break" and it may bother some readers, it didn't bother me I actually enjoyed the mini stories and in some cases it helps you understand how a certain character's relationship with the Don came to be. Things that may bother some readers, some gory details, naturally this is a Mafia book so there will be blood. There are racial slurs and moments of misogyny and sexism. If you can read through that without bothering you, then this book will be a great read. I think it's a classic. The only real beef I have with this particular edition of the book is there are a lot of grammatical and spelling errors. I don't know why there's so many errors but it does get in the way of certain phrases and some spelling errors are so blatantly obvious. Overall a great Mafia read and although it's a whopping 500 plus page book I don't regret it. It's definitely worth the time. I like both the movies and the book and will probably put this book among my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Novel! Brings out the history of Sicily and the Mafia. This book takes place whre I live which is Long Island! Classic story that will be told for hundreds of years if not thousands!!!!!!!
RushMaster More than 1 year ago
This is very tough to put down. There were a few chapters that weren't interesting, but everything else was hard to stop reading once I started.
shmy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much, it has all the elements you'd expect from a Mafia book (I still think the movie was better). The structure had me wondering about the time line more than once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probablly one of the best books ive ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Corleones are a fun and diverse group of cgaracters to read about. There's enough diversity to keep it interesting and enough similarity to make them a family.
76commish More than 1 year ago
Best Mob book ever. I never get tired of reading the "Godfather" of all Mafia books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it al, even though this is not something Im very interested in.. 4/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was the best read when it first came out years ago and I reread now and couldn't put it down. Has your attention at all times. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and if you enjoyed this then I highly recommend the book Gangster
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know people always say "The book was better" but that is more the case with this. While the movie is deserving of all the praise that it has recieved, the book has so many more necessary details that bring this family to life. One word to describe this novel, Greatness!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the movie, you can never tire of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie before reading the book, and i felt the need to pick this up for a read afterwards. It was fantastic. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im apart of the italian mafia my name is franco dimarrio
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having watch the movies allows the reader to put a face to the people in the book. Also the books goes in depth regarding all the people no matter how small a role they had in the picture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hehe. Find new codes. I finished my list of Japanese/Chinese characters, but I still have tons more symbols that i kniw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book so many times the pages began to wear out,it never gets old,an american classic and an absolute must-read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books of all time. It is my favorite movie so I decided to read the book. It is a wonderfully written book that is exciting from the start. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read