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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mario Puzo Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781455195763
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The Last Don is Mario Puzo at his finest, thrilling us with his greatest Mafia novel since The Godfather, a masterful saga of the last big American crime family and its powerful reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas.

Domenico Clericuzio, the wise and ruthless don of a mafia empire, is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society. But this 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most entertaining read since The Godfather.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Skillfully crafted…it gives us Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the mob in one sweet dish.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “A compelling tale peopled by memorable characters…Puzo is a master storyteller with an uncanny facility for details that force the reader to keep the pages turning.”

    USA Today

  • “Head-long entertainment, bubbling over with corruption, betrayal, assassinations, Richter-scale romance, and, of course, family values.”

    Time

  • “All’s well that ends well in this surefire bestseller.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabur76 | 2/18/2014

    " One of the better Mario Puzo books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luis | 2/14/2014

    " It was made into a mini series I believe... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chakrapani Dutta | 2/11/2014

    " good one...good follow up of the godfather... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi Zunigha | 2/8/2014

    " I've read this a couple of times and even listened to it on audio, narrated by Christopher from The Sopranos...loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nakib Hoq | 1/30/2014

    " Although Godfather has been lauded as Puzo's best work, I think The Last Don is even better than The Godfather. Although the theme is the old mafia feuds for the top position and of course the entertaining cult literature but what distinguishes the book from all of Puzo's works is the story. The story is quite different and worthy of mentioning. And like all Puzo books it ends with style! Literally! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 João Tagaio | 1/26/2014

    " Um excelente livro :D "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peter Moreira | 1/25/2014

    " Boring. Just plain boring. Didn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Thompson | 1/17/2014

    " The story is not bad, but its not really good either. The writing is not the worst, but it doesn't quite qualify as good either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Piette | 1/17/2014

    " The Mafia "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kent | 1/15/2014

    " needed some "candy" reading...it's not bad, not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcin | 12/29/2013

    " If you like Mario Puzo - you must read this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jpl1966 | 12/21/2013

    " Like the godfather, it had many characters, but they were more closely connected. Revolved around vegas and hollywood highlighting many fantasies while including a mixture of feelings and conflict between close relatives. What a way to end it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Goroma Umar | 12/15/2013

    " Good but not as tasteful as The Godfather. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kausik R | 12/13/2013

    " A slow book which grows on you as you turn the pages.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giridharan | 11/15/2013

    " Decent read. I would have given a 3.5 if there was such a rating. But unfortunately I am unable to convince myself to round it to a 4. And hence 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivan Ramirez aguirre | 11/14/2013

    " Not bad but not as great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 11/3/2013

    " For some reason I liked the characters in this book. I begged my wife to allow us to name our son Cruicifixio or "Cross" because of this book. Yes it's a mob book but it's very different than the Godfather. It's more so about revenge and honor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mila Miladia | 11/1/2013

    " keren abiz.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 8/13/2013

    " My favorite of the Puzo books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suleiman | 8/6/2013

    " It's Puzo and for me dat's said it all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 5/3/2013

    " It was a good book, i would recommend it. however it wasn't what i expected "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathaniel Rayestu | 5/1/2013

    " I actually read this before I read the Godfather, so I thought this was actually an okay read. Then I read the Godfather and discovered there were so many similarities and this book definitely is lesser. A little too long for my liking though, if this had been cut to half it might still be as good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Astari Pahlevi | 2/16/2013

    " don clericuzio is the most genius f***in' a**!! love him! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 9/6/2012

    " Classic Puzo Mafia. Vegas, Hollywood, power..Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 5/10/2012

    " A very fun read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 8/22/2011

    " Initially, I thought this book was going to be a knock-out. I have a personal rule to always finish books. This is only the second book for which I've broken that rule. The other was Ulysses by James Joyce. This book was pretty darn bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ridhwaan Kassim | 6/16/2011

    " The personalities were worn out already. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ute Oduol | 4/13/2011

    " Struggled through, but it was an OK read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aliya Kakimzhan | 3/5/2011

    " In one breath... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramona | 1/21/2011

    " it was a nice book, though it can't be compared with The Godfather. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 1/20/2011

    " Still a great read but not as good as the Godfather. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.J.K. | 1/9/2011

    " Took a bit to get into...felt it was lacking at times. Too much flash back where I felt the story got lost. However, Puzo is still revered as one hell of the best mafia writers out there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 12/28/2010

    " I loved this book when I read it. I had hoped that they could make a movie out of it along the same lines as the Godfather...unfortunatly it was only a made for TV movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 12/23/2010

    " I loved The Last Don. I wouldn't call it a classic, but I love the way Mario Puzo transitions from scene to scene and the way he develops characters. More than any other book this one was the inspriation for my novel Instruments of the State. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ajinkya | 10/7/2010

    " This is a good Puzo, although he is past his prime in this one. The twists in the plot are quite intriguing for a first-read. Puzo's narrative skills are reflected quite well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 8/12/2010

    " Standard Mario Puzo...pretty cheap and pretty fun. I've been working on it since July and just finished it, so clearly it provoked me to keep reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marian | 7/13/2010

    " I was hoping it would be more like the Godfather. But alas, it was more about the present day movie and gambling business. There were parts that were good, but the majority was just a mix of oddball characters that didn't add much to the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrula | 6/22/2010

    " If you enjoy reading mafia books, this is perfect for you. However, you might find it similar to The Godfather, Puzo's masterpiece.
    Since I love mafia plots, I found it great, and I wish Puzo had written more and more books about this topic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Safiya | 5/29/2010

    " Typical Mario Puzo work. Loved it ! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve | 3/30/2010

    " I kinda liked this back in Middle School or High School when I read this, but I was stupid back then. One star. "

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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

Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.