CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: C02529
Released: Sep 30, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470381196
Narrator/s: Edoardo Ballerini
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This thrillingly comic, internationally bestselling Mafia farce is the inspiration for the major motion picture The Family starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones, and produced by Martin Scorsese. The Blakes are newcomers to a small town in Normandy. Fred is a historian researching the Allied landings, Maggie enjoys charity work, and their kids are looking forward to meeting other teenagers at the local lycEe. Or so it seems. In fact, Fred is really Giovanni Manzoni, an ex-goodfella turned stool pigeon who' s been relocated from New Jersey to France by the FBI' s witness protection program. He' s got a two-million-dollar bounty on his head, but he and his family can' t help attracting attention (imagine the Sopranos in Normandy). And when imprisoned mobster Don Mimino gets wind of their location, it' s Mafia mayhem A la Josh Bazell' s Beat the Reaper , or like The Godfather as if written by Carl Hiaasen. Because while you can take the man out of the Mafia, you can' t take the Mafia out of the man.

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"Edoardo Ballerini, whose acting credits include a stint on "The Sopranos," is a natural fit for a caper about a New Jersey Mafia family holed up in a village in Normandy, France. Equally comic, violent, poignant, and gory, Benacquista's MALAVITA is about what happens when former mobster Fred Blake, aka Giovanni Manzoni, is uncovered by a former rival. Think "Goodfellas" family style with a Gallic flair. Ballerini's French pronunciation is fine enough, and he nails the American and Italian-American accents and attitude. The teenagers are believably bored-superior-affecting. His Fred, a unapologetic killer discovering himself while writing his memoirs, is a study in shifting characterization. And the straight-ahead narrative is clear and well paced. Good, bloody fun, including the delightful melodies used to change scenes. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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