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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (594 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed Falco Narrator: Bobby Cannavale Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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—seventeen-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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • “This early snapshot of the Corleone family is fascinating…Ed Falco has done yeoman’s work in The Family Corleone, meeting the American legend that is its subject matter head-on and creating a tale that demands to be read in one sitting. We already know how it turns out (at least most of it). But it’s how Falco and Corleone get from beginning to end that makes this journey a riveting and twisting ride.”


  • “Falco ably exploits the tension between civility and brutality. The result is good, messy fun.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Falco has captured Puzo’s rich prose style and eye for detail, even as he equals or exceeds Puzo’s extravagant violence…Despite all the gore, if you want to read another installment of the Corleone story, The Family Corleone is a solid piece of work.”

    Washington Post

  • A 2012 Washington Post Best Audiobook
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Barnabas Piper | 2/14/2014

    " Another in the string of Puzo mimics who lack the storytelling and narrative writing ability to pull it off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe O'c | 2/2/2014

    " Excellent; a prequel to the Godfather, based on a M. Puzo screenplay, covers the early/mid 1930s and the rise to power of the Corleone family, particularly the coming of age of Sonny; audio book reading, with voices convincingly close to the movie characters, is great "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lori | 1/31/2014

    " This book held your interest from cover to cover. Being a "Godfather" fan, this was exceptionally interesting to learn about the early years of the family. True, it is written years after the original Puzo book, but it sure makes you believe this was the first. Some very graphic and soul wrenching scenes, but keeping the characters in true Mafia form, it is masterful. Luca Brasi's life makes for some of the best gut retching reading. Tom Hagen's back story is explained. And getting a glimpse into Sonny's mindset is now understandable. Need to read "The Godfather" again to see now how it all flows together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beatrice Villaflor | 1/26/2014

    " I love the way Falco brought the history of The Godfather. A simple and easy to read writing but brought out with such an exciting detail to each character's rise or fall and on events that made the Corleone infamous in The Godfather. Definitely a read for the die-hard Godfather fans or even those into mafia or crime books. "

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About the Author

Ed Falco is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, short stories, and poetry. His work has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, and TriQuarterly. He won the Richard Sullivan Prize in 1995 for Acid and has received many other awards and fellowships, including an NEA Fellowship in fiction, the Emily Clark Balch Prize for Short Fiction, and the Mishima Prize. As a playwright, he has won the Hampden-Sydner Playwriting Award and has worked with artists and actors from around the world. Falco lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he is the director of Virginia Tech’s MFA program.