Mario Puzo's the Godfather: Anniversary Edition

Mario Puzo's the Godfather: Anniversary Edition

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by Mario Puzo, Joe Mantegna
     
 

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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

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455809677
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 7.00(h) x 2.50(d)

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