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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,349 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mario Puzo Narrator: Kristoffer Tabori Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781455195879
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From the blockbuster author of The Godfather comes this bold international bestseller about the feverish world of a big-time gambler. Merlyn and his brother, Artie, obey their own code of honor in the ferment of contemporary America, where law and organized crime are one and the same.

Set within America’s golden triangle of corruption and excess—New York, Hollywood, Las Vegas—the novel plunges into the glittering and ruthless worlds of gambling, publishing, and the film industry, where greed, lust, and violence hold sway. As high rollers, hustlers, and scheming manipulators use power, sex, and betrayal to win, the strongest survive—but fools die.

This is a novel only Mario Puzo could have written.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hypnotic...written with unflagging vitality...bawdy, comic, highly-colored...it would be a very cool reader indeed who did not devour the whole rich mixture greedily.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Convincing and fascinating...Puzo is a skilled craftsman.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Master storytelling...sensational reading!”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Fascinating...brillant...this is Puzo at his best...comes accross as exciting as anything in The Godfather and as gruesomely.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • ANew York Times Bestseller for Fiction in 1978

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 2/8/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was different than any I had previously read. About money and fame. I'd recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yuri | 2/8/2014

    " Nice. Really liked it. I think it's a bit autobiographical, in a sense that the main charachter is Puzo himself, and behaves the way Puzo himself fells like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/7/2014

    " Was so glad I read this, Puzo's most personal novel. Where as all his books have been historical fictions on topics like: the Pope, Italian Immigrants, Italian Countryside, American Mafia, I felt this was a historical fiction on himself. The main character is a square writer who maneuvers into getting a book published and a film made and falls into the world of Hollywood. The writing is still so addicting though his female characters are always less believable than their male counterparts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mahrya | 2/5/2014

    " Sprawling, engrossing, wonderful. Why does Mario Puzo remind me of Salman Rushdie? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aditya Kasibhatla | 1/31/2014

    " Only Mario Puzo could have penned something like this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nogro | 1/23/2014

    " An incredible dissertation on the meaning of art and artistic integrity. On the surface a story about Las Vegas hustlers, romance, the mafia and the amoral swamp that is show business, but in essence it is about doing everything in your power to see through the bullshit that permeates life and basically seeing things as they are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rain | 1/18/2014

    " las vegas!i have never been there but i imagine it is exactly this way.an escape and a haven.and he also led me to believe that there are good men in the world,not because they need to be but because they are.however,none is above the swwt temptations of life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Purva | 1/16/2014

    " fools do not die readers die while reading the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hightower | 1/13/2014

    " This is one my favorite books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Silencio | 1/13/2014

    " It was one of the worst books I've ever read. I don't recommend it to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/3/2013

    " One of the first books that kick started my reading...I wish to God I knew what the compelling factor was, but all and all I just cant explain why this book started my addictive reading habits! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolene Adkins | 10/26/2013

    " I read these books every ten years or so. Puzo was a gifted story teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 9/20/2013

    " one of my most favorite reads. i like how mario puzo has represented symbolic meanings into the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony | 7/29/2013

    " It's alright I guess. It's got a nice tie-in to the other books but it's very hard to get through at some points. Extremely dry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Branimir | 10/10/2012

    " Just one thing - do not believe to the reviewer that is inevitably quoted on the back-page of this book saying that this book is better than the Godfather. It clearly is not, as you expect other type of books when reading Puzo. Still worth the try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 P.e.lolo | 5/12/2012

    " Good story about a man getting caught up with gambiling and can't get away. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bhavya Mathur | 3/13/2012

    " The most depressing book that i have ever finished. No story...the author introduces characters so that he can kill them during the course of the book. Believe me almost every character is dead by the time you finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hoai | 1/1/2012

    " This one is worth reading for the mafia fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/20/2011

    " Book is okay,good story but since I don't know anything about playing cards in casino's that part was hard to understand. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shalini | 11/30/2011

    " IMHO, you will be wasting your time readint his book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawrence | 8/12/2011

    " Great story. Almost like the movie, Casino. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlos | 5/12/2011

    " What does it mean to be loyal? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolene | 5/7/2011

    " I read these books every ten years or so. Puzo was a gifted story teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/11/2011

    " Depressing but a must-read by the author of The Godfather! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlos | 2/17/2011

    " This was a hidden treasure. Recommended to me by an ex marine. The book describes people very well. It is all about the characters. The story is a bit weak, but the characters become alive.
    Great writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/1/2010

    " Book is okay,good story but since I don't know anything about playing cards in casino's that part was hard to understand. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Purva | 10/3/2010

    " fools do not die readers die while reading the book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Silencio | 9/20/2010

    " It was one of the worst books I've ever read. I don't recommend it to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Branimir | 9/18/2010

    " Just one thing - do not believe of the reviewer that is inevitably quoted on the back-page of this book saying that this book is better than the Godfather. It clearly is not, as you expect other type of books when reading Puzo. Still worth the try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 6/23/2010

    " one of my most favorite reads. i like how mario puzo has represented symbolic meanings into the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jillanne | 9/26/2009

    " Just an opinion but...I feel Mario Puzo was resting on his laurels from The Godfather when he wrote this book. It rambles on for over 5oo pages without going anywhere different, exciting or important. I really wanted to like it but by the end I was choking my way through it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bharathkumar | 9/25/2009

    " A BOOK WHICH WILL BE PRETTY INTERESTING AT THE BEGGINING BUT LOSES ITS PACE AS IT GOES ON AND AGAIN RECLAIMS THE PACE TO CATCH UP...But i expected a lot from mario puzo it was definitely not upto my expectation.. "

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About the Author
Author Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo (1920–1999) was born in “Hell’s Kitchen” on Manhattan’s West Side, New York City. Following military service in World War II, he attended New York’s New School for Social Research and Columbia University. In addition to his best-known novel, The Godfather, and other books, he wrote several screenplays including Superman and all three Godfather movies, for which he received two Academy Awards.

About the Narrator

Kristoffer Tabori made his screen debut when he was six years old and appeared on Broadway for the first time at age sixteen. He has garnered numerous honors for his stage, screen, television, and radio acting and directing, including an Emmy. His first solo narration won the 1993 Audie Award for best audiobook of the year.