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The Sicilian

By: Mario Puzo
Narrated by: Larry Brandenburg,Jane Brody,Walter Brody,Charles Fuller,Richard Lavin,Bradley Mott,Dan Price,Don Stroup,Amy Sunshine
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Summary

The sequel to Puzo's epic and brutal Mafia classic The Godfather. Once again Puzo brings the history of the Corleone family to life.

Michael Corleone's exile in Sicily is ending, but on the instructions of his father, The Godfather, he must bring back to him the young man known as Salvatore Giuliano - if he can find him.

At sea amid the treacheries of a brutal and unfamiliar land, Michael must find a way through the labyrinthine deceits that surround him while Giuliano prepares himself for a final confrontation with Don Croce, capo di capi of the Sicilian Mafia.

A novel of explosive suspense, heroic action - and evil on an epic scale.

In the hands of Mario Puzo's brilliantly sinister talent, the listener comes to know again the terrible magic of the Mafia.

©1984 Mario Puzo (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Sounds like Family Guy does The Godfather

Would you try another book written by Mario Puzo or narrated by the narrators?

The Godfather was a great book and the narration by Joe Montegna was also great. By contrast, The Sicilian sounds like a Dragnet spoof where some wiseguy speaks quickly out of the side of his mouth but without getting to the punchline. The different characters sound like they were recorded on an old tape recorder in various locations by gangster impressionists, then badly edited in some time later. There's no flow - the characters sound out of context.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Priest - if an Italian Mickey Mouse Balloon Priest could talk, this is how I think he'd sound.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator spoke too quickly and it didn't seem to match the pace of the story. I believe for another kind of book he'd actually be good, but for this, it just didn't work. I suspect the other actors could probably also have done better under different circumstances (did they have to record their own parts at home and send them in?)

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Mario Puzo can write a good story even if the editing and accents were distracting

Any additional comments?

I think I'll listen to a sample before buying next time...

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Stick with it

Initially I found the narration to be very poor. The delivery seemed too quick, with little expressiveness and the different character voices were poor. I think the audio has maybe been sped up at some point but I found slowing the speed down to x0.75 it sounded much better and I really grew into the story.

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Disappointed

Tragically bada accentsa maka thisa dull story a comedy. Struggled through it. Wish I hadn't

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Poorly Narrated

I was looking forward to listening to this book, after having thoroughly enjoyed The Godfather, read by Joe Mantegna.

This however, was quite disappointing.

This is largely due to the narration in the style of a bored parent trying to read a bedtime story as fast as possible in order to get back to the second half of the football on TV. The voicings are inserted by actors, roughly edited and just sounds cheap.

The story itself is ok, but the author doesn't half love the protagonist, cringe worthy at times.

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Horribly read, produced and recorded.

This is a great book by Puzo that is thoroughly ruined by this horrible recording. The reading is soulless and rushed with no attempt at dramatisation. The addition of other actors to voice the parts is out of place, incongruous and poorly done. The recording itself is dreadful - clearly the files have been uploaded using an inferior bit rate or the original files were copies of copies. Avoid this one!

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Terrible Narration

Brilliant story ruined by terrible narration. Very disappointing as the Godfather audio book had a much better Narrator.

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Slow down to 0.75

I listened to the godfather and really enjoyed it.
So when i started to listen to this I was disappointed.
The narration was too fast so read a review where someone wrote turn the speed down to 0.75. Turned out a good story.

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A good story

Enjoyed the story but it would have been so much better if Larry Brandenburg had not read so fast. He would’ve been a credit working for air-traffic control where they speak a mile a minute! It was like listening to a menu being read, there was no feeling to his reading and nowhere near as good as the narrator of The Godfather. The rest of the cast were excellent.

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Terrible Narration!

The narrator is obviously getting paid per book, not per hour. Difficult to follow the story when he speaks so fast, coupled with character voices badly edited in. Terrible delivery of a decent story.

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A fantastic tale let down by sub par production

This is a great story you won't already know from the films, however it is massively let down by some poor casting choices for the voices and the whole thing being every so slightly sped up. These things will probably bug you but the speed thing disappears from notice after listening for a short while and the main narrator is good so t he grating voices are only sparsely present.

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  • Lucia Ramos
  • 28-02-18

story was great but the performance was terrible.

audio was speed up. accents were terrible and hard to listen to. new audio needed

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  • Niall B
  • 27-09-22

Please don’t change narrators during a series

Narration was too fast and his style spoilt the story. I’d buy again if you could get the narrator from the first part.

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  • H. Y. Lee
  • 21-07-22

Amateur Production

2nd book is horrible in terms of voice acting and production. Character voices sound like bad cartoon caricatures. Default speed is too fast, sounds better on 0.75x speed but still hard to hear. 1st book was amazing and narrator was spot on. Why is the 2nd book narration so bad?