The Family

Version: Abridged
Author: Mario Puzo
Narrator: Philip Bosco
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: January 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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What is a family?

Mario Puzo first answered that question in his landmark bestseller The Godfather, with the creation of the Corleones. Now, thirty years later, Puzo enriches us all with his ultimate vision of the subject: the story of the greatest crime family in Italian history -- the Borgias.

In The Family, this singular novelist transports his readers back to fifteenth-century Rome, and reveals to us the extravagance and intrigue of the Vatican as surely as he once revealed the secrets of the Mafia. At the story's center is Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, a man whose lustful appetites were matched only by his consuming love of family. Surrounding him are his extraordinary children: simple, unloved Jofre; irascible, heartless Juan; beautiful, strong-willed Lucrezia; and passionate warrior Cesare, Machiavelli's friend and inspiration. Their stories constitute a symphony of human emotion and behavior, from pride to romance to jealousy to betrayal and murderous rage.

A labor of love two decades in the making, The Family marks the final triumph of one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

Reviews (4)

Written by Moud Barthez on August 17th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5


The Family

Written by Michael Fitzgerald on November 14th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

If I could lower than 1 star I would. The book is no where near the caliber of Mario Puzo's other works.


Written by Anonymous from London, ON on February 5th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This was probably one of the worst book I have ever read .Confusing, boring and the reader mispronounces most of the Italian names. I can't believe that Mario Puzo wrote it.

Stick with the Godfather

Written by Anonymous on October 13th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The incest in this book was a bit much for me. I was looking for something as good as the Godfather so I was a bit disapointed.

Author Details

Author Details

Puzo, Mario

"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."

Sharlet, Jeff

Jeff Sharlet is a visiting research scholar at New York University's Center for Religion and Media. He is a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone, the coauthor, with Peter Manseau, of Killing the Buddha, and the editor of He lives in Brooklyn, New York.