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3.58823529411765 out of 53.58823529411765 out of 53.58823529411765 out of 53.58823529411765 out of 53.58823529411765 out of 5 3.59 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roberto Saviano Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9781400175574
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A groundbreaking major bestseller in Italy, Gomorrah is Roberto Saviano's gripping nonfiction account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network with a large international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic-waste disposal. Known by insiders as "the System," the Camorra affects cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast and is the deciding factor in why Campania, for instance, has the highest murder rate in all of Europe and why cancer levels there have skyrocketed in recent years. Saviano tells of huge cargoes of Chinese goods that are shipped to Naples and then quickly distributed unchecked across Europe. He investigates the Camorra's control of thousands of Chinese factories contracted to manufacture fashion goods, legally and illegally, for distribution around the world, and relates the chilling details of how the abusive handling of toxic waste is causing devastating pollution not only for Naples but also China and Somalia. In pursuit of his subject, Saviano worked as an assistant at a Chinese textile manufacturer, as a waiter at a Camorra wedding, and on a construction site. A native of the region, he recalls seeing his first murder at the age of fourteen and how his own father, a doctor, suffered a brutal beating for trying to aid an eighteen-year-old victim who had been left for dead in the street. Gomorrah is a bold and important work of investigative writing that holds global significance, one heroic young man's impassioned story of a place under the rule of a murderous organization. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A perfectly realized, morally compelling journey through the brutal world of contemporary Italian mob life.... A stunning achievement, this is a must-read. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “A sinfully fine crime epic.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The emotional truth of Saviano’s account is unassailable. I could not get this brave book out of my head.”

    New York Times

  • “It’s brilliant…A wake-up call that means to shake you, and does.”

    Rolling Stone

  • “A perfectly realized, morally compelling journey through the brutal world of contemporary Italian mob life…A stunning achievement, this is a must-read.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A stunner of a book, as accessible to American audiences, through its searing style and timely investigation, as it is to Italians.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Michael Kramer narrates with a steady technique. His calm approach to the material, much like that of an unflappable news anchor, magnifies the horror of the incidents being related.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 2/15/2014

    " This was such an engrossing topic that I could not put the book down despite its agonizing sentence structures and meaningless (to me) lists of names. The poor writing I assume is due to the translation. Last year I told a professor of mine in a humanities class that the people who are succeeding in the world today are those that can move illegal products and organize black markets. He told me it was worse than I could even imagine. After reading this book, I believe that it is worse than I can imagine. These outfits used to have rules, they had a system of clout. Now it is just a free-for-all. Americans are as much to blame for this as anyone. Our sense of entitlement has us searching out products for next to no cost out of pocket. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Moeller | 2/7/2014

    " I have always categorized the italian mob in my head as something that doesn't really exist any more and only lives on in movies and television. Boy was I wrong! In this wonderful non-fiction book Roberto Saviano details the many tentacles of the Cammorah, the italian mafia that is centered in the southern part of Italy. Saviano describes the manner in which the crime syndicates have worked their way into many sectors of legitimate enterprise, such as construction, waste management and the garment industry. Because Saviano, who is a native of the area he is writing about, has a philosophy degree in addition to his career as a journalist, he writes not only about the facts of the criminal gangs, but also what living in such a society does to the souls of the people who live there. I found this book to be a sobering antidote to violence portrayed as glamorous, as it is in so many facets of popular culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 1/11/2014

    " It took me forever to read this book, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The whole Neapolitan structure of business, construction, import/export, waste removal, etc. is outlined and then explored in depth. The influence and control of Naples on the world economy, by both illegal and legal enterprises run by "the System", are carefully and thoroughly investigated in Saviano's book. Saviano lives under police protection, following the publication of this book. It's no wonder that he needs protection. With all the harassment, murders, and illegal dealings exposed here, there must be a high price on his head. Saviano's courage in writing this detailed account of the "System" in action, borders on insanity. I respect the information in his book, but question the choice that he made to write it. His life will forever be in danger. "The System" and all its secret dealings and violence, makes the mafia of "The Godfather" movies look like a bunch of amateur, low-level bullies! It's frightening that the Italian people, especially those in the South, have lived with this reality for so long. And, frightening as well, is how we are affected globally by this entity. The writing is difficult to read. Sometimes the difficulty comes from the actual content...people being tortured and murdered. Mostly, the difficulty is Saviano's writing. I don't know if it's his style or that something is lost in the translation from Italian to English, but the words, sentences and paragraphs rarely flow easily. Part of the problem may be that the numerous geographic locations and abundance of horrendous events don't lend themselves easily to a cohesive reporting style. Factor in the numerous names and nicknames of the participants and well, it's no surprise that the writing is choppy. All said, the information contained within this book is pretty incredible and uncovers an entire underworld that I would have never known existed! I hope Saviano remains safe. His life is forever changed by the writing of this book. I can only hope that he considers the great risk he has taken by exposing this as being 'worth it'. I wish him well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Grob | 12/21/2013

    " Shocking and unconceivable, but not fiction... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/19/2013

    " Interesting but def. slow at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reva | 12/12/2013

    " Can't decide if it was the translation or the culture differences or just poor writing - the lack of a unifying narrative or even of a digestible cast of characters made this book a chore to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kobe Bryant | 12/1/2013

    " I liked the part where the guy was obsessed with meeting Mikhail Kalashnikov and how all the gangster idiots held their guns sideways because of Quentin Tarantino "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/12/2013

    " detailed description of life for the men who are generally mythologised - this is resolutely unglamorous, describing their lives spent running their business empires while hiding away and trying to stay safe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Milford | 10/23/2013

    " Horrifying story of how it is to live in parts of southern Italy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/5/2013

    " I heard of this book through my friend who lives in Milan - it is now in english translation and a movie is coming out. Naples mafia story... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefan | 8/2/2012

    " Incredibly well written. Disturbing. Interesting. Definitely worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Muneera Wadani | 7/29/2011

    " About the Mafia gang in Napoli in Italy , I don't like such type of stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ary | 6/12/2011

    " Quite a chilling tale of the organized crime world in Campania. The beginning is slow but really sets the background for the rest of the book. I wouldn't call this light reading but definitely would recommend it to folks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lia | 5/31/2011

    " Very interesting. Very well written and researched. Very disturbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simone | 2/15/2011

    " Un libro fondamentale.
    Anche per chi Napoli non l'ha mai vista.
    Un libro essenziale.
    Per chi di Napoli vuole capirci qualcosa, finalmente "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca | 1/30/2011

    " A journey into pure hell. Bravest journalist. "

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About the Author
Author Roberto Saviano

Roberto Saviano was born in Naples and studied philosophy at the University of Naples. He has contributed articles to the New York Times, among other publications, and Gomorrah, his first book, won the 2006 Viareggio Literary Prize. Following its publication, Saviano received numerous threats against his life by offended parties, after which time he announced his intention to leave Italy so he might stop having to live as a convict and reclaim his life.

About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.