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3.00054525627045 out of 53.00054525627045 out of 53.00054525627045 out of 53.00054525627045 out of 53.00054525627045 out of 5 3.00 (3,668 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roberto Saviano, Michael Kramer Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Daniel Grob | 12/21/2013

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

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