Written By: Mario Puzo

Narrated By: Michael Imperioli

Date: July 2000

Duration: 8 hours 51 minutes


“A splendid piece of crime fiction . . . a fitting cap to a tremendous career . . . Through it all, Puzo keeps the heat on and keeps the reader enthralled with his characters and his story.”—The Denver Post

To Don Raymonde Aprile’s children, he was a loyal family member, their father’s adopted “nephew.” To the FBI he was a man who would rather ride his horses than do Mob business. No one knew why Aprile, the last great American don, had adopted Astorre Viola many years before in Sicily; no one suspected how he had carefully trained him . . . and how, while the don’s children claimed respectable careers in America, Astorre Viola waited for his time to come.

That time has arrived. The don is dead, his murder one bloody act in a drama of ambition and deceit—from the deadly compromises made by an FBI agent to the greed of two crooked NYPD detectives and the frightening plans of a South American Mob kingpin. In a collision of enemies and lovers, betrayers and loyal soldiers, Astorre Viola will claim his destiny. Because after all these years, this moment is in his blood. . . . 

“In Omerta (the Sicilian code for silence), Puzo sements his reputation as a page-turning storyteller.”—Detroit Free Press

“More tasty twists than a plate of fusilli . . . Cunning entanglements with an FBI gangbuster, crooked cops and strong women sauce up this deft and passionate last novel by the Balzac of the Mafia.”—Time


  • Glenn Mihalicz

    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.

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  • Val

    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.

  • Anonymous

    Mario has done it again! This book grips you from the beginning and doesn't disappoint!

  • Lizo

    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.

  • Cattyloo

    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.

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