Don Corleone is the Godfather, head of one of the richest families in New York and a gangster. His favourite son Michael is a lawyer who wants to lead a quiet life, but when Don Corleone is nearly killed by a rival Mafia family, Michael is soon drawn into the "family business". "Penguin Readers" is a series of simplified novels, film novelizations ...
Don Corleone is the Godfather, head of one of the richest families in New York and a gangster. His favourite son Michael is a lawyer who wants to lead a quiet life, but when Don Corleone is nearly killed by a rival Mafia family, Michael is soon drawn into the "family business". "Penguin Readers" is a series of simplified novels, film novelizations and original titles that introduce students at all levels to the pleasures of reading in English. Originally designed for teaching English as a foreign language, the series' combination of high interest level and low reading age makes it suitable for both English-speaking teenagers with limited reading skills and students of English as a second language. Many titles in the series also provide access to the pre-20th century literature strands of the National Curriculum English Orders. "Penguin Readers" are graded at seven levels of difficulty, from "Easystarts" with a 200-word vocabulary, to Level 6 (Advanced) with a 3000-word vocabulary. In addition, titles fall into one of three sub-categories: "Contemporary", "Classics" or "Originals". At the end of each book there is a section of enjoyable exercises focusing on vocabulary building, comprehension, discussion and writing. Some titles in the series are available with an accompanying audio cassette, or in a book and cassette pack. Additionally, selected titles have free accompanying "Penguin Readers Factsheets" which provide stimulating exercise material for students, as well as suggestions for teachers on how to exploit the Readers in class.
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Had to order another copy of this iconic book because the print was so small, I couldn't read it. I am not blind, nor particularly far sighted, I am not sure anyone could read it without a magnifying glass. Wish they had said something about small print in the description.
I am currently reading the other copy of it, and I love it. Read it many years ago, and, of course, saw the movies many times, but am still really enjoying the book. It is excellent.
Jan 6, 2011
Still great after all these years
I read this book when it was first published. It is a great read, and equal, if not better, to the movie. I gave it to my son for Christmas, who I'm sure will love it. Plan to re-read it after he's done.
Jan 14, 2010
This book is a masterpiece. The movies are good too, but they are not as good as the book.
The good father is one of the books I have read so many times I can't count them. I am writting this review because I bought a copy, as I did lose mine in a taxi, at a trip in Milan.
Apr 23, 2009
Movie was actually better
I don't believe I've ever made that statement before in my life, but I really think the movie was decidedly better than the novel. The writing level of this book was sub par in my opinion; great story, but weak writing.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-07-30 The deck's stacked against this audio adaptation of the novel that inspired one of the most acclaimed feature films of all time. The powerful visual imagery at the end of Francis Ford Coppola's film adaptation of Puzo's novel-the alternating between a baptism and coordinated hits on rival mob bosses-is so indelible that any other depiction must suffer in comparison. Hearing any narrator read that a character "put three bullets" in another's chest just can't hold a candle to seeing it, at least as Coppola filmed the scene. Ditto for the shocker when a certain animal head turns up in a certain character's bed. However, that's not to say that narrator Joe Mantegna's reading is at fault. Turning in compelling and nuanced performance, Mantegna's gravelly-voiced Don Corleone is close enough to Marlon Brando's not to jar, and the narrator (who appeared in The Godfather: Part III) also pulls off female voices effectively. More notably, despite his decades of voicing a parodistic mobster on The Simpsons, Mantegna's use of different accents and modes of speech insures that his characterizations never come across as stereotypical. A Signet paperback. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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