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3.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 5 3.83 (23 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: May 2012 ISBN: 9781611134490
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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

  • “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

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

    Guardian (London)

  • “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.”

    BookReporter.com

  • “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

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 1/16/2014

    " This is a prequel to the Godfather (book and movie) based on a screenplay by Mario Puzo. I don't think it would ever work to be made into a movie without being disapppointed. The Godfather movie set the bar too high. I really did enjoy the book and the way the characters developed. I enjoyed finding out how it began. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Sparrow | 1/15/2014

    " I was a huge fan of the Godfather movie trilogy; and couldn't wait to read this prequel novel . I was not disappointed.The story of how the Corleone Family came to power in the 30's totally satisfied my appetite for this genre. The battles between the Sicilians, the Irish and the Napolitans provide plenty of action, suspense and intrigue.In particular I loved the character Luca Brasi; who actually played such a small part in the original stories.If you are a fan of this series you do not want to miss this novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eitan | 1/12/2014

    " A pleasant read that relies heavily on readers' familiarity with the characters from the movies. Like many books written under an imprint (Mario Puzo, written by Edward Falco), the effort to make the book similar to the original author's tone, style, and substance is palpable, and often grating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Comfort | 1/12/2014

    " A great prequel to the Godfather. Learn about Vito's rise to the top and Luca Brasi before he slept with the fishes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy Perry | 1/9/2014

    " You are transported back to the beginning of what is to become the greatest mob family, the Corleone's. Ed Falco has taken Mario Puzo's family and given us their beginnings. It is shaping up to be every bit as entertaining as Puzo's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginni Cook | 12/20/2013

    " I'm just getting started, but the theme from the movie plays in my head while I'm reading this. Is that crazy? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Hardy | 11/28/2013

    " The prequel to the classic the "Godfather" is a great read. Builds and establishes the relations of all the renowned characters of the film. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 11/11/2013

    " this book ought to sleep with the fishes. lucky for puzo he never lived to see this infamnia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dean Paluch | 11/7/2013

    " If you are a GodFather fen, you will like this book. Definitely better than the previous book in the series, God Fathers Revenge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Kelly | 11/4/2013

    " Great contribution to the world the Corleones inhabit. Excellent background on some major and minor characters from Puzo's original novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmalee | 10/31/2013

    " The stuff with Luca is interesting and maybe a bit off putting, but everything with Sonny and Vito feels spot on. The story starts out with Michael at 13, and takes place a bit before the Corleone family has come into its power. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Peterson | 5/20/2013

    " Started off strong, began to lag on details and specificity toward the end of the book -- a noticeable change in attention to detail and story development. A decent read but can't rate it more than 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 3/20/2013

    " Defiantly for "The Godfather" fan. I've always enjoyed reading prequels, so learning how the Corleone Family can to be was fascinating! Would love to see a movie! A great summer read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 1/17/2013

    " Fun to read this hybrid-prequel, not anywhere near the Godfather, but then what was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Chambala | 12/23/2012

    " not as well written as "The Godfather " but still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Dewald | 11/30/2012

    " Very good story. Great prequel to the original story. The author is very faithful to the small details of the original, and takes the little details and really makes them live. The scene with Luca is horrifying but great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Seymon | 11/29/2012

    " If you liked the Godfather than you'll like this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly perry | 5/16/2012

    " way better than i expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominic | 5/6/2012

    " A fitting prequel to the original. "

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About the Author
Ed Falco is the author of four story collections, three novels, and nine plays, in addition to poems, essays, and book reviews. Among his many awards and honors are an NEA fiction fellowship, and the Robert Penn Warren Prize in Poetry. He is a professor of English at Virginia Tech, where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.
About the Narrator

Bobby Cannavale is a film, stage, and television actor. He has appeared in numerous television shows and films, but he is perhaps best known for his role as a reincarnated matchmaker on ABC's Cupid. He won an Emmy for his guest appearance on the hit show Will & Grace.