The Family

  • by Mario Puzo, completed by Carol Gino
  • Narrated by Philip Bosco
  • 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mario Puzo first answered the question 'What is a family?' with the creation of the Corleones in his landmark best seller The Godfather. Now, 30 years later, Puzo enriches us all with his ultimate vision of the subject: the story of the greatest crime family in Italian history, the Borgias. In The Family, this singular novelist transports his readers back to 15th century Rome, and reveals to us the extravagance and intrigue of the Vatican as surely as he once revealed the secrets of the Mafia. At the story's center is Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, a man whose lustful appetites were matched only by his consuming love of family. Surrounding him are his extraordinary children: simple, unloved Jofre; irascible, heartless Juan; beautiful, strong-willed Lucrezia; and passionate warrior Cesare, Machiavelli's friend and inspiration. Their stories constitute a symphony of human emotion and behavior, from pride to romance to jealousy to betrayal and murderous rage.
A labor of love two decades in the making, The Family marks the final triumph of one of the greatest storytellers of our time.


What the Critics Say

"The saga is lush, full of detail, with characters who manage to be larger than life while seeming entirely realistic....The plot is appropriately epic in scope, mixing fact and fiction seamlessly." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Better than expected

I have to admit I didn't like to showtime series too much but this book was much better than I anticipated. Puzo is a great author and the narrator was excellent as well.
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- steve

15th Century Godfather

The story of Pope Alexander VI and his family is truly amazing. Puzo took half a lifetime to research and write this book. Facinating look into the decatent life of one of the first crime families of the Western World. Did Puzo base the Godfather story around the characters of this story ? I THINK SO ! A must read for anyone that enjoys a rich theater experience that surrounds this period of history.
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-22-2004
  • Publisher: HarperAudio