The Family Corleone

  • by Ed Falco
  • Narrated by Bobby Cannavale
  • 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York, 1933: The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organizations will rise and which will face a violent end.
For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important than his family's future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny - 17 years old, impatient, and reckless - wants something else: To follow in his father's footsteps and become a part of the real family business.
An exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence, of loyalty and betrayal, The Family Corleone will appeal to the legions of fans who can never get enough of The Godfather, as well as introduce it to a whole new generation.


What the Critics Say

"Channels the original so well that readers will be vividly reminded of Puzo's strengths...His moments of blam-blam-blam are ace. Best of all, he supplies a grand set-piece finale--a parade--that will have readers dreaming of just one more movie." (Booklist)
"What works well is Falco's depiction of Vito Corleone, which captures both the cool reserve of young Vito and the insight he demonstrates as Don....A worthy addition to the lurid world of the Five Families." (Kirkus)


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Too many rub outs. Too little originality.

This book is based on the screenplay by Mario Puzo, which is based on his book. The movie, The Godfather, is a lasting masterpiece, a lily which truly should not be gilded. This work is totally derivative. The only aspect I can recommend is Bobby Cannavale, a narrator who really should do more audiobooks, IMHO. The plot, such as it is, is in the first half almost completely devoted to Luca Brazzi, a very minor character in the movie, and deservedly so. He is a monster, and an utterly worthless one. Not to be a spoiler (OK, just a little spoiling, only as rotten as Luca), he actually throws his newborn infant in a furnace, while allowing the mother of the child, whom he calls a whore, to die from neglect. If you like this sort of thing, I just do not know what to say. As for the rest, it is devoted to the many killings necessary to the struggles for supremacy of the various Italian (and Irish) families of New York. Bobby Cannavale does a very good Vito Corleone. The other gangsters are completely without redeeming qualities. Sonny is impulsive, childish, dishonest and brutal. How about that? Who'd a thunk? Michael is a small child who carries all of Vito's longing for legitimacy. Almost every aspect of the plot is already known to us. There is nothing new here to catch the imagination. Everybody kills everybody. Film at 11.
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- Richard Delman "I am a 67 year old psychologist. I have been married for 28 years, with two sons who are 27 and 24. I love listening to the books."

Outstanding: An Instant Classic!

Where does The Family Corleone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This could possibly be the best book I've ever listened to. The writing is excellent, the narrator is amazing and the story is one of the best ever told and is just as good as the other books that were written as part of the Godfather saga.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot is superb. Such an interesting take. Doing a prequel for the Godfather was in ingenius idea. The whole time you are just wondering what will happen next and whether or not it will tie into one of the Godfather movies that have already been published. I can't wait for the movie to come out for this version!

Which scene was your favorite?

There isn't one particular scene that is my favorite but I loved learning about Luca Brasi and the smart man he was prior to evolving into the not so smart monster that he was in the original Godfather movie. I also loved learning about how Michael, Fredo and Sonnie were as kids growing up in the Corleone family.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Becoming the Godfather

Any additional comments?

The narrator truly is one of the best narrators I've heard. Every character he does sounds exactly like the characters sounded in the movies. This is must listen for anyone who likes the Godfather.

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- steve "Addicted to Audible since 2009"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-08-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio