• The Sicilian

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (889 ratings)

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The Sicilian

By: Mario Puzo
Narrated by: full cast
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Publisher's Summary

Michael Corleone is returning to the U.S. after the two-year exile to Sicily in which listeners left him in The Godfather. But he is ordered to bring with him the young Sicilian bandit, Salvatore Guiliano, who is the unofficial ruler of northwestern Sicily. In his fight "to make Sicilians free people", the young folk hero, based on the real-life Giuliano of the 1940s, has made both the police and the Mafia his enemies. So when Don Croce Malo, chief of the Sicilian Mafia, and the policemen who has been tracking Guiliano each offer to help Corleone find the elusive Robin Hood, betrayal seems inevitable.

Mario Puzo has created a sequel to The Godfather that is every bit as compelling and dramatic. But The Sicilian is a distinct literary achievement in its historical inspiration and its vivid portrait of Sicilian peasant life.
©2001 Mario Puzo (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A side story

Sometimes referred as the second in a series by Puzo on the Corleone family, this is really more of a side story. The entire story takes place in Sicily. The main story is about a bandit Salvatore Guiliano who attempts to be a 1940's Robin Hood. It is also a history of Italy, Sicily and the Mafia. I always wondered how such an organization ever got started and this book explains in detail how and why. The book details how Italy throughout history was conquered, ill treated and terribly governed by the corrupt. Through reading this book you will easily see how the Mafia got started but also how the Mafia itself grew in power and became another corrupt government, so that the poor peasants of Italy had not one but two masters to answer too. I am glad I read this for the historical aspect alone. As far as entertainment value, it is a little boring for the first four chapters, picks up real well in the middle and then gets monotonous toward the end. The story about the bandit is riveting and a fun listen, but there are several parts of the book dedicated to dry history lessons and politics. This is no where near as entertaining as The Godfather, but I was glad I bought it. The Godfather is a hard value to beat.

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Really bad.

What disappointed you about The Sicilian?

Ok , I thought this was the second Godfather. It obviously isn't. The narrator talks so fast I could hardly keep up. Just a very frustrating audiobook.

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Narration too fast

Would you try another book from Mario Puzo and/or Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, Charl?

I am a Mario Puzo fan and have "read" most of his books, I did not especially like the main narrator. It felt like he drank a pot of coffee and just started reading really fast. The character narrators were great however. I even tried to slow down my ipod, but it got weird.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tore Guilliano of coarse.

What didn’t you like about Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, Charl’s performance?

Main narrator reads too fast, too little inflection in his voice.

Was The Sicilian worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Good book overall and what I expected, other narrators have done a much better job at bringing the characters and story alive with Mario Puzo's stories, I would suggest sampling before purchasing.

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Garbage production! Read List...

1. Narrator is ultra sped up.
2. Narrator is expressionless.
3. It's an ensemble cast although nothing is said about that in details.
4. The actors jump in and out in a frantic way that makes nothing flow well.
5. All of those things made the story impossible to follow or to complete. I had to give up after a short while!!!

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Terrible choice of cast.

Whoever hired this guy as a narrator for this book should be fired. He sounds ridiculous in a book about mobsters, he should go back to narrating Leave it to Beaver episode's. It totally ruined the book. Get Joe Mantegna back....

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Great story, but felt it was read to fast.

Took me two days to finish, as a trucker it was truly excellent, but I wish the person reading could have took a little longer, I felt that it seemed he was in a rush.

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The narrator’s voice is sped up too fast, but this is fixable with Audible app, and doesn’t impact the story

I had to slow the Narrator’s voice down to 0.8x or 0.9x slower than normal because it was impossible to listen to it at a normal pace, but this fixed the problem completely for me. I think tat at some point an error was made when this was edited or something, as I can’t imagine anyone listening to t a the pace at which it comes out when you first press the play button.
However, don’t let this keep you from buying this book, as I firmly believe that reading the book from which a movie comes is almost always extremely crucial when one wants to understand little details about both storylines, and that remains true about these books.

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Only made it 5 minutes in to the book.

This is the absolute worst narrated book I have ever heard. It sounds like a computer from 1994 is reading it. I made it 5 minutes and shit it off and requested a refund.

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Garbage recording

The recording of this book is terrible. The full cast sounds like they are recording from a speakerphone.

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Great Story

Narration style was unusual but is something to get used to. Story was excellent and overall it was a great read!

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