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.

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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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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

Bobby Cannavale, perfect voice for a mob book.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Family Corleone to be better than the print version?

I read a copy of the book along with the audiobook so i think for The Family Corleone Bobby Cannavale voice is just as good as the print. The way he can switch between voices is great and makes the whole experience that much greater. The thing i like most about the audiobook was that it did not skip any part of the book it was read word for word unlike some audiobooks i have tried in the passed.


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

A lot, I think Ed Falco's depiction of the how the Corleone family was like before Michael's journey and the way he switches as one characters plot is about to thicken you jump right into to another character story line. He describers how Luca Brasi's life was like before he met Vito and how he can't die.


Which scene was your favorite?

Spoilers!! My favorite scene from the book was when the Corleone family was at a parade and Cork tries to warn Sonny about the Irish going to attack and a intense gun battle brakes out and Cork tries to save Vito and accidentally shoots him but saves Vito because he shot him.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not one thing wrong with Bobby Cannavale performance.


Any additional comments?

This book is very well done. Ed Falco's take on a book that was written 44 year prior is impeccable. Very well done. Bobby Cannavalle voive is spot on.

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- Carly

Book Details

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