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The Sopranos: The Complete Book Paperback – May 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Time Home Entertainment; First Edition edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933821876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933821870
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

If any book can make its readers feel nostalgic for a TV show whose main character hacks one of his enemies into pieces, it is this gorgeously designed and smartly written tribute to The Sopranos and its conflicted hero, Tony, the mob boss torn between loyalty to his crime family and his own family. Scheduled to be published in conjunction with the series’ final nine episodes in its six-season, eight-year-long run, the book is a success primarily due to Martin's enthusiastic but never fawning insider’s look at everything from the initial casting of the series, the show’s use of New Jersey’s "suburbo-industrial landscapes" as a backdrop to various thematic elements, and the characters’ large appetites for sex and food. He gets great insights from his interviews with all of the show’s production staff, such as series creator David Chase, who was influenced by his work on The Rockford Files ("TV’s first postmodern, ironic detective"). The book is also lavishly illustrated with wonderful photos of various sets, a superb short episode guide to each show, page-long descriptions on how each actor views the characters they play (Robert Iler wants to step outside of his character, Tony’s son, A.J., "and smack myself in the face").
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Customer Reviews

This book is definately a must-have for all Soprano's fans.
D Kreft
I wonder whether there will be a revised edition of this book now that the whole series is complete...it might be worth waiting for.
John P Bernat
It has some interesting anecdotes, great photos, and great insight into each character.
M. Taylor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Winkleman VINE VOICE on May 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
I got an early copy through Barnes & Noble, and let me tell you: this book is awesome. It is filled with extremely high quality photographs ranging from portraits of the cast members to pictures from the episodes to VERY nice pictures of the interiors of buildings (the Soprano house, the Bada Bing, Nuovo Vesuvio, etc.). It is also filled with a wealth of knowledge, talking about numerous aspects about the show from the look of Jersey (compared to "New Jersey") to the music used on the show to a breakdown of where the Soprano Family gets its income to even the types of nail designs that Carmela and Adriana had over the years. The major cast members all wrote their own essays about their characters, which contain descriptions interspersed with their own insights on their characters. There is also a section devoted to each character highlighting that character's most distinctive trait (such as Paulie's hair, Artie's mustache, etc.) and giving insider secrets about it (ex: Tony Sirico wakes up at 3am every shoot day, uses an entire can of hairspray, and emerges 3 hours later with Paulie's distinctive hairdo). Finally, the book includes an episode guide up through Season 6A to help refresh your memory of the gist of what happened in each episode. All told, this is an incredible book, and as I said, it is extremely high quality, which you can tell right from the front cover. I highly recommend it to anybody who has watched even one episode and enjoyed what they saw.
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I guess you can call this a mini coffee table book, measuring 9" x 11" and sporting a bright red cover with the familiar logo. It's only 190 pages long and an easy read, but I doubt if many people who purchase this book will read every word (as I did). Mostly, it's about the photos and each page is a great example of excellent design and eye-catching typefaces. I'm for all that, of course. I love the way the book looks. I give it 100% for design.

However, this is a difficult book to read. First of all the type is tiny. And then there are often large red or gray titles superimposed on top of the words. This is distracting and the words beneath the red letters were particularly difficult to read. Also, the author expects that everyone who picks up the book will be as familiar with the actors' names as he is and, with the exception of some of the major characters, it was sometimes hard to figure out who he was talking about. This could have been easily resolved with a cast list in either the front or the back of the book. I missed that.

In spite of the difficulty of the design I did read the book. I found much of it fascinating, especially the parts about the painstakingly detailed "behind-the-scenes" preparations for each episode. Everything from the choice of music to authenticity of the props to the New Jersey setting was very interesting. As a native New Yorker who often doubts everything, I found the whole series extremely real and absorbing. I'm sorry to see the series end.

Yes, I definitely recommend the book. It's great to leaf through and the photos will bring a smile of remembrance to your face. But you might just need to use a magnifying glass if you try to read it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John P Bernat on June 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Want the good news or the bad news?

The good news: this book is exceptionally well-done. The pictures are wonderful, and bring back each season in living detail. The text is helpful, especially in understanding more about gabagool...

The bad news: it did not extend all the way to the end of the series. Thus, it will always suffer from not being a complete study of the whole Sopranos catalog. I wonder whether there will be a revised edition of this book now that the whole series is complete...it might be worth waiting for.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Zuellig on May 7, 2007
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I'm a long-time Sopranos fan, and feel this book covers every detail! Whether you've been an avid viewer or are new to the scene, buying this book explains everything from castings to Jersey to each episode.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kerry M on May 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is essential for Sopranos fans.. with lots of juicy behind-the-scenes details and amazing illustrations. I especially liked the six pages dedicated to the Pine Barrens episode from season 3.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D Kreft on May 16, 2007
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This book is definately a must-have for all Soprano's fans. It gives you more insight into the characters as well as shows you photos from different episodes. It gives you a behind-the-scenes look from conception to production. I cannot wait to give this to all my Soprano-loving friends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Bellette on August 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
First of all I love this book, the print is beautiful, the pages very illustrated with gorgeous pictures and information, and the content relevant and semi up-to-date.

But for HBO to release the 'deluxe' edition with the full end of series and added content is really a slap to any consumers face who bought this.
Businesses increasingly are ignoring customer concerns, and I think a notification that this book was going to be followed by a more complete one would have been really appreciated. Due to this i'm pretty insulted that HBO would pull such a lame marketing stunt, and i'm sure I am not the only one.
Would I buy the deluxe edition now owning this? Definitely not, that would be mental.
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