This was so enjoyable. Puzo is gifted at creating sympathetic, murderous characters and Montegna is great at bringing them to life. There were times when I wished I was listening to the unabridged version, especially because I just didn't want it to end.
Mario has done it again! This book grips you from the beginning and doesn't disappoint!
Joe Montegna is an awesome reader. He made this book as entertaining as it is. I just wish I had listened to an unabridged version. Some parts were confusing. Works better to listen to the book in one or two sittings. Great book to listen to on a long trip.
Good story and definitely worth a rental. I will rent Puzo's book “Family” as well. Moves along well and keeps your interest. Its' what you would expect from a Mafia story.
I had such high expectations. I loved The Godfather. I watched Sopranos every Sunday. How could I not love Omerta? Regrettably, Omerta was not to give me my italiano fix. Joe Motagne was the reader (how many reading gigs does the man do? this is at least the sixth book he's read to me. one wonders how he has time to make movies) and, as usual, his excellent voice talents made listening easy. This is a reading of an abridged version and, I wonder, if much of my disappointement is not due to the selection of things to leave out. As I listened, I could spot gaps in the narrative. I knew there were vignettes that would appear in the hard copy of the book, if I only took the time to read paper. Poor choices. Overall, not terrible, not great.
"Mario Puzo was born in New York and, following military service in World War II, attended New York's New School for Social Research and Columbia University. His bestselling novel The Godfather, (1969) was preceded by two critically acclaimed novels, The Dark Arena (1955) and The Fortunate Pilgrim (1965). In 1978, he published Fools Die, followed by The Sicilian (1984), The Fourth K (1990), and the second installment in his Mafia trilogy, The Last Don (1996), which became an international bestseller and the highest-rated TV miniseries of 1997.
Mario Puzo also wrote many screenplays, including those for Earthquake, Superman, and all three Godfather movies, for which he received two Academy Awards. He died in July 1999 at his home on Long Island, New York, at the age of seventy-eight."