The Last Don

  • by Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The last don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless man who is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family's past spark a vicious war between two blood cousins.This is a mesmerizing tale that takes us inside the equally corrupt worlds of the mob, the movie industry, and the casinos - where beautiful actresses and ruthless hit men are ruled by lust and violence, where sleazy producers and greedy studio heads are drunk with power, where crooked cops and desperate gamblers play dangerous games of betrayal, and where one man controls them all.


What the Critics Say

"The most entertaining read since The Godfather." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Skillfully gives us Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the mob in one sweet dish." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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Daunte has a Bloody Mouth

I enjoy Puzo's writing style and I love hearing about the Mafia. I really liked The Godfather and Six Graves To Munich. I got this hoping to get more on the Mafia. In the 19 hour book, I did get six good hours of Mafia. These parts were action packed, sometimes gory and always interesting. The ending to the book was especially good. I just wish there would have been more.


The book is divided into three parts for easy download. At the end of the first part I almost quit. The first half was mostly about the movie business and how they screw writers and everybody else. It sounds as if Puzo has a beef with the movie industry and maybe they screwed him out of a lot of money over The Godfather. Download Part one is a bit whinny.


Each time I was about to quit, some Mafia business would happen and it was so interesting I wanted to stay with it. In part one Puzo gets you interested in a good story, but have you ever had one of those friends who can never tell a straight story? They start a story, but they stop to tell you all the circumstances that lead up to the story they are trying to tell you. They get so side tracked, that you wonder if they will ever tell the story. That is a good description of this book. In download one we start a story and then we get into a bunch of whose screwing who in Hollywood. All the women in Hollywood are whores according to Puzo. Toward the end of download two you get the finish to the story started eleven hours ago.


Download part three goes on a different tare. In this part we are suppose to feel sorry for the prettiest woman in the world. It is tough being pretty. Yet, don't give up cause the final two hours are worth listening to the whole book.

If you like hearing about the Mafia and all the screwing that goes on in Hollywood, you will love this book. If you just want to hear about Hollywood, you will still enjoy it, but if you just want to hear about the Mafia, you will think it is way too long.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Interesting Insight

This book starts off without the typical mafia storyline, but eventually gets into it, and portrays the role of the mafia in the entertainment industry. Lots of killing and grisly descriptions, as one would expect from this sort of story, so if you are squeamish about such things, would recommend to pass on it. Otherwise interesting insight to what could be, (and probably is) another role that the mafia plays in our everyday world.
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- Joanna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.