“The Godfather” by Mario Puzo – narrated by Joe Mantegna

Have I mentioned how much I love the Audible Daily Deal? I’m not sure I ever would have thought to read “The Godfather” if it hadn’t been a daily deal. This book was just incredible! I mean, oh man, this is one of those books it’s hard to talk about. I never saw the movie, so I didn’t know the story at all. In fact I had it confused with another Al Pacino movie because I kept expecting him to be sitting behind a huge mound of cocaine. Was that Scarface? I never saw that either. I remember a boyfriend I had in high school was really into all the mobster movies but they were too hard on my innocent sensibilities back then. Now though? I find the mob fascinating. Is it safe to type that in a blog? Hmmm.

Anyway, this book. Wow. In a lot of ways it reminded me of the Song of Ice and Fire story arc. You have all these families that come out of peacetime and begin to war with each other. And in this world of organized crime, while you know you shouldn’t exactly root for any of them since they’re all committing crimes, you naturally root for the Corleone (pronounced two ways, Cor-lee-own or Cor-lee-own-e) family.

You’ve got Vito “Don” Corleone is the head of the family and is the Godfather. We learn about his humble beginnings and how he got into the life of crime. We follow his three sons and wonder along with the Don who will take over eventually.

That’s as much as I’ll write about the plot. If you haven’t seen the movie then the book will be chock full of surprises. At one point I shouted, “no!” at a turn of events I should have seen coming but did not. Actually twice I did that. Oh man this book was awesome.

When I finished it I started the movie, playing parts of it here and there over a few days to draw out the experience with the family. So so so good! Oh and the audio book narration? Excellent! They got a man with a great Italian voice. Excellent!

Rating: Marriage Material

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2 Responses to “The Godfather” by Mario Puzo – narrated by Joe Mantegna

  1. Did they mention the horse head scene, or was that strictly a movie thing? The Godfather movies are Taylor’s favorites.

  2. Ro

    Yeah, I hadn’t seen the movie before I read the book but one thing I noticed when I played the movie afterwards was how good a job the movie did in staying true to the book. Probably since Mario Puzo was part of the screen play writing.
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