The Accountant's Story

  • by Roberto Escobar
  • Narrated by Ruben Diaz
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Arguably the largest and most successful criminal enterprise in history, at times the Medellin drug cartel was smuggling 15 tons of cocaine a day, worth more than half a billion dollars, into the United States. Roberto Escobar knows - he was the accountant who kept track of all the money.How much money? According to Roberto, he and his brother's operation spent $1000 a week just purchasing rubber band to wrap the stacks of cash - and since they had more illegal money than they could deposit in the banks, they stored the bricks of cash in their warehouses, annually writing off 10% as "spoilage" when the rats crept in at night and nibbled on the hundred dollar bills.At the height of this cartel's reach, in order to help them deliver their goods, the Escobars purchased thirteen 727 airliners from Eastern Airlines when that airline went bankrupt. They also purchased six Russian mini-submarines. Roberto knows - he did the books.In short, this is Pablo Escobar's story in the words of one of his closest confidants, his brother Roberto. It's all here - the brutal violence inside the world of the drug cartel, dealing with American drug forces and the CIA, the problems the Escobars faced when going up against the Colombian mafia, even Pablo's moments of kindness and compassion towards less fortunate countrymen in Colombia. As Roberto points out, although many people view Escobar as a monster, thousands still visit his grave every year to mourn him, and revere him as a savior. Now in his 60s, Roberto, who has served 10 years in Colombian jail for his part in the Medellin cartel, now wants to set the record straight, once and for all.


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get the unabridged version

its supposed to be good, but the abridged version seems to skip too much important details.
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- Erwin


Roberto Escobar was the accountant to the infamous Pablo Escobar and the Medellin drug carlet. This is his story of the unbelievable amounts of money handled by the drug organization - where it came from, how the organization worked, and the physical accounting for the funds.

This is a page turner, well written and well read true crime history. The book will open the eyes of most people concerning the size and power of this cartel.

I would suggest that the reader read Roberto Sariano's "Gomorrah" before or after this book to understand other international criminal activity as well.
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- Roy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio