• The Godfather's Revenge

  • By: Mark Winegardner
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (368 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The third installment in Mario Puzo's epic chronicle of the Corleone crime family - one of the most enduring lineages in American literature and cinema - achieves a stunning crescendo with a story that imagines the role of the Mafia in the assassination of a young, charismatic president.

©2006 The Estate of Mario Puzo (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Peguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved

Critic Reviews

"Winegardner's deft plot-spinning is rivaled only by his sure grasp of Goodfellas mise-en-scene, the profanity-laced witticisms, the fashion fetishizing, the cool, long, dark '60s Chevy Biscaynes....A worthy addition to the chronicle of la famigilia Corleone." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Not So Great

After listening to the Godfather Returns, I could not wait to read this last installment. Mark Winegardner did not do a very good job creating this story. I loved the premise but the over book is just weak and left me feeling like I was in someways short changed, however he does manage to tie up all the loose ends.

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Good with just few buts

I liked the story though the ending was bit of disappointment as just cut off. Also the narrator was good but it would be awesome to have all these novels read by Joe Mantegna.

It was a good book and audiobook overall with just some minor dislikes or rather changes would've li

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Good but lacking

Meandering throughout. Plot points are introduced, dropped then take forever to return to them. Adequate.

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The best fanfic you’ll ever read

I love The Godfather. I love the original novel. I love the films (though like everyone I have many qualms about part 3), I even love the 2006 video game. Puzo created a true epic saga that still speaks to people all over the world. The fact that we still discuss The Godfather and what it has to say about America, family, destiny, and who we choose to be speaks to how timeless and powerful it is. What started as a pulpy crime novel has become a staple of American culture.
Any chance I have to spend more time with the family Corleone, I’ll take. Unfortunately, not all Godfather stories are created equal. I think the author had some interesting ideas and there was a lot of potential here. He seemed to take most of his cues from part 2 where history and fiction are woven together. The mafias war to take back Cuba, and their disputed but oft alleged involvement in the Kennedy assassination really could provide fertile ground for a new Godfather story. It unfortunately just never comes together in my opinion. It goes from Puzo-lite at best to decent but silly fan-fiction at worst. Michael’s strange prophetic dreams while he dates a Marilyn Monroe analogue, Tom Hagen’s political career, The really odd characterization of the Joe Kennedy analogue, and the very thinly veiled Mario Puzo character all just end up coming off as rather ridiculous and inconsistent with the characters as they’ve been established and the world Puzo created.
To be sure, some of it does seem to work. The fallout from “The Appalachian” style meeting in the previous novel, the exploits of Johnny Fontaine, and Michael’s crippling guilt from Fredo’s murder all add a lot of fascinating ground for character study and commentary about the mafia of that era. While it certainly has its moments I just don’t think die hard Godfather fans will enjoy it. The characterization and plot just come off as shallow. The narrator doesn’t help matters either. Every character has the same voice and intonation and they very quickly blend together.
I think casual fans and people who enjoy mafia fiction will get the most out of it. For those like me who know The Godfather saga from top to bottom I’d heartily recommend The Family Corleone by Ed Falco. You’ll get a much richer and more rewarding view of the Corleone family in the latter story than you will here.

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Rounds out the series and definitely leaves you wanting more.

Winegardner certainly does the whole series service by drawing out these long loved and venerable villains. The first book post Puzo is such an eye opener because Winegadner does such a loving job unpacking all the possibilities posed by the original. This one keeps that love affair with the Lionhearted going, but Michael stays so cold and the arch of the story reaches for some grand historical allusions, when what we really want is to spend time with the family. There's a lot of pain in this one, and I suppose that's a fitting way to round out what was a hay day that brightened meteoric and then faded under its own tarnishing. Ciao Cosa Nostra.

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Dont waste your time or money

What would have made The Godfather's Revenge better?

More interesting story

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Winegardner again?

Probably not.

How could the performance have been better?

I don't think the narrator could have made it better, perhaps more enthusiasm.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Boring story, boring presentation, no substitute for M. Puzo

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It brought me right into that world.

I hated ever having to pause the book. I felt like I was there. The suspense had me riveted.

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Average

Scott Brick did great! Terrible layout. I hate the Johnny Fontane character so much. I wish he would of died.

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Continue the story

We need more. This book didn’t tie in Vincent Sonny’s boy out of wed lock. In this book Sonny’s illegitimate child would need to come from someone else.
But it would be a nice continuation to see the family navigate the Colombian and Mexico drug wave. The loss of influence of the Italian mafia in general. How the nexus of crime politics and business intermingle.

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A great read(listen)

The story was great offering more details of the Saga ! The narrator was good and clear and enthusiastic!I would like to hear some more😎