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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lorenzo Carcaterra Narrator: Jonathan Marosz Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2002 ISBN: 9780736697033
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Naples, Italy, during four fateful days in the fall of 1943. The only people left in the shattered, bombed-out city are the lost, abandoned children whose only goal is to survive another day. None could imagine that they would become fearless fighters and the unlikeliest heroes of World War II. They are the warriors immortalized in Street Boys, Lorenzo Carcaterra’s exhilarating new novel, a book that exceeds even his bestselling Sleepers as a riveting reading experience.

It’s late September. The war in Europe is almost won. Italy is leaderless, Mussolini already arrested by anti-Fascists. The German army has evacuated the city of Naples. Adults, even entire families, have been marched off to work camps or simply sent off to their deaths. Now, the German army is moving toward Naples to finish the job. Their chilling instructions are: If the city can’t belong to Hitler, it will belong to no one.

No one but children. Children who have been orphaned or hidden by parents in a last, defiant gesture against the Nazis. Children, some as young as ten years old, armed with just a handful of guns, unexploded bombs, and their own ingenuity. Children who are determined to take on the advancing enemy and save the city—or die trying.

There is Vincenzo Soldari, a sixteen-year-old history buff who is determined to make history by leading others with courage and self-confidence; Carlo Maldini, a middle-aged drunkard desperate to redeem himself by adding his experience to the raw exuberance of the young fighters; Nunzia Maldini, his nineteen-year-old daughter, who helps her father regain his self-respect—and loses her heart to an American G.I.; Corporal Steve Connors, a soldier sent out on reconnaissance, then cut off from his comrades—with no choice but to aid the street boys; Colonel Rudolph Van Klaus, the proud Nazi commander shamed by his own sadistic mission; and, of course, the dozens of young boys who use their few skills and great heart to try to save their city, their country, and themselves.

In its compassionate portrait of the rootless young, and its pitiless portrayal of the violence that is at once their world and their way out, Street Boys continues and deepens Lorenzo Carcaterra’s trademark themes. In its awesome scope and pure page-turning excitement, it stands as a stirring tribute to the underdog in us all—and as a singular addition to the novels about World War II.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quinn | 2/19/2014

    " In 1943 a group of children in Italy destroy one of the most powerful tank divisions of the Nazi war machine. The idea of this book is great but I found the events a little unbelievable. The author says that the book is loosely based on real events. I imagine so, although I enjoyed this book I found the events and the outcomes more fantasy than reality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/17/2014

    " This book starts out with a great premise (a few hundred street kids protecting their city from an invading Nazi regiment), and then wastes every opportunity to fully take advantage of it. The end result is like an uncomfortable marriage between Inglorious Basterds and a Disney cartoon: It's violent and completely out of touch with reality. For example, a kid kills Nazis by intentionally kicking a soccer ball directly onto a land mine, an old woman appears out of nowhere and throws a knife into a Nazi's chest like she's Steven Seagal (then, of course, we never hear from her again), kids are able to build large catapults for attacking the enemy tanks, kids shoot machine guns more accurately and effectively than trained soldiers, etc., etc. The motivations of the characters aren't all that clear, either. We're told that the Nazi commander could easily wipe out all the street kids at a moment's notice, but sees that as being unethical--as if shooting them all one at a time is somehow more morally acceptable. And what it is exactly that the American soldier at the hub of all this is trying to accomplish is never really made clear, either. Carcaterra does a great job with the setting, but once the action starts, everything just seems formulaic, predictable, and repetitive. The romance angle is stale, and way to many people are saved in the nick of time by someone who happens to arrive on the scene at just the last moment. Cue old woman with the throwing knife. The Nazi soldiers are stupid and ineffective. For some reason, they often end up trying to kill the kids with their bare hands instead of by using their weapons. Needless to say, this tactic doesn't pan out very well for them. Lastly, there's too many melodramatic moments to try to make up for the fact that the story doesn't contain much tension at all, especially for a book about a bunch of kids being in constant danger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 2/15/2014

    " Outstanding fiction based on facts. In Italy during WWII a group of abandoned children not only survive, but become fighters who save their city with only one adult as support. I continue to think about those children long after having read the book and often wonder what kind of life they had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicky | 1/18/2014

    " Is a young adult book but is really great "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/18/2014

    " Great read. Page turner. Children in Naples trying to survive the war against the Nazis. Exciting story of one American helping them pull together and fight back. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenni | 12/18/2013

    " Some language and violence but an interesting take on a mythic legend of Naple orphan children taking on the Nazis at the end of WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 12/12/2013

    " So different - a great, fresh read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 12/8/2013

    " Good story, but the battle scene stretched on for 130 pages! And I got confused with all the different character's names, Pepe, Franco, Luigioso etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Globalcook | 11/17/2013

    " The story is quite predictable. No surprises here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Otis Chandler | 10/1/2013

    " A very interesting WW2 book that chronicles how a gang of street orphans fought the nazis. I love to hear different perspectives, so this was very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 7/14/2013

    " Yet again new information about some events from WWII that was not taught in school. The story is sad, and the ending is not happy, but it is realistic and honest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheldon Lehman | 2/28/2013

    " Interesting if you like historical fiction about WW2. This guy tells pretty good stories though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mugdha | 6/25/2012

    " this is probably the best book in the world about world war II. it has most of the killing an stuff that u could seein any movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summerfly | 1/12/2012

    " I'm not normally a fan of war books (or movies) but my brother recommended this to me over the holidays and I couldn't put it down. Spectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tisha | 8/10/2011

    " This book was good, although it might disturb some folks who don't like violence. It is about war, after all, and war is violent. The story is good, and as a mother, I thought about how my kids would react if they were thrust into an impossible situation as the children in the book were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 5/20/2011

    " This was such a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Windy | 5/8/2011

    " I love historical fiction and reading about WWII. This book is a fictionalized account based on a true historic event. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 4/3/2011

    " An Amazing story about children in Italy in world war II, and how they have to protect their town from the invading nazis... great amazing book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gay | 3/28/2011

    " Interesting story. Not much character development. Kind of like a good B adventure story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona G. | 3/28/2011

    " touching with thrilling and romantic passages, its got all a good book should have; it is based on true story though there are some passages that are too fictional or seem unrealistic to me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/15/2011

    " I really liked this book. It was set in world war II. Craig read it and now sid is reading it. highly recommend if you like stories about the war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheldon | 1/28/2011

    " Interesting if you like historical fiction about WW2. This guy tells pretty good stories though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cookie95540 | 1/8/2011

    " This book was good, although it might disturb some folks who don't like violence. It is about war, after all, and war is violent. The story is good, and as a mother, I thought about how my kids would react if they were thrust into an impossible situation as the children in the book were. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 4/1/2010

    " Yet again new information about some events from WWII that was not taught in school. The story is sad, and the ending is not happy, but it is realistic and honest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenni | 2/19/2010

    " Some language and violence but an interesting take on a mythic legend of Naple orphan children taking on the Nazis at the end of WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/14/2010

    " I really liked this book. It was set in world war II. Craig read it and now sid is reading it. highly recommend if you like stories about the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 2/6/2010

    " This was such a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 11/3/2009

    " Good story, but the battle scene stretched on for 130 pages! And I got confused with all the different character's names, Pepe, Franco, Luigioso etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 8/19/2009

    " Outstanding fiction based on facts. In Italy during WWII a group of abandoned children not only survive, but become fighters who save their city with only one adult as support. I continue to think about those children long after having read the book and often wonder what kind of life they had. "

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About the Author
Author Lorenzo Carcaterra

Lorenzo Carcaterra is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sleepers, A Safe Place, Apaches, Gangster, Street Boys, Paradise City, Chasers, and Midnight Angels. He is a former writer/producer for Law & Order and has written for National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times Magazine, Details, and Maxim. He lives in New York City and is at work on his next novel.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Marosz has narrated dozens of audiobooks throughout his career, including numerous titles by bestselling authors David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, and Tony Hillerman.