Black Souls

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Product Number: CM0688
Released: Apr 05, 2019
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ISBN: #9781980027119
Narrator/s: Edoardo Ballerini
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The modern Italian classic about Calabrian organized crime-now an award-winning motion picture-makes its English-language debut. In the remote Aspromonte Mountains in southern Calabria, Italy, three best friends embark on a life of crime in order to raise themselves up out of the poverty of their childhoods and the suffering of their parents. Brainy Luciano, the behind-the-scenes schemer, was orphaned as a little boy when the local mob boss had his postman father executed. Lazy, jovial Luigi has learned that there's no point in following the rules, since there is no path to riches for poor boys. And completing the triumvirate is the nameless narrator, from whose black soul comes the inspiration and energy for each new criminal project, from kidnapping to armed robbery to heroin dealing to contract killing. Set in the lush Aspromonte forest in an unnamed town inspired by the author's native Africo, the birthplace of the 'Ndrangheta, Calabria's ruthless and ubiquitous mafia, Black Souls draws on centuries of brigand lore, peasant rebellion history, mountain mythology, and colonial suffering to offer a gripping morality tale about how violence begets violence. The novel tells the cultural history of a disaffected people who have taken destructive paths into organized crime as a means of exploiting a system that has exploited them for hundreds of years.

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Black Souls
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Author(s): Gioacchino Criaco
Narrator(s): Edoardo Ballerini
Product Number Z15160
Released: Mar 05, 2019
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ISBN: #9781980027164
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Author(s): Gioacchino Criaco
Narrator(s): Edoardo Ballerini
Product Number MP2742
Released: May 30, 2019
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ISBN: #9781980037071
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Author(s): Gioacchino Criaco
Product Number EB00728058
Released: Mar 05, 2019
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Publisher: Soho Crime
ISBN: #9781616959982

Professional reviews

"Three friends, thick as thieves, grow up in a life of crime as narrator Edoardo Ballerini keeps step with their exploits. Their criminal enterprise evolves from growing up in the mountains of southern Italy through their matriculation to petty and then serious crimes and finally to organized crime. Much of the audiobook is first-person narrative with limited dialogue, but Ballerini manages to give distinctive personalities to everyone involved. Assorted Italian characters weave in and out of the story, their voices ranging from calm to frantic. It's an interesting tale enhanced by an emotional narration, which includes diverse voices for everyone involved. Also, because Italian names and terms are used, it is helpful that Ballerini speaks Italian. M.B. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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