The Italians

  • by John Hooper
  • Narrated by Gareth Armstrong
  • 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Hooper's marvelously entertaining and perceptive new book is ideal for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians.
Looking at the facts that lie behind and often belie the stereotypes, his revealing book sheds new light on many aspects of Italian life: football and Freemasonry, sex, symbolism, and the reason Italian has twelve words for a coat hanger yet none for a hangover


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Customer Reviews

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Quirky at times, but a good read

I'm not an Italophile, but am interested in learning about other places, and the audio sample seemed pretty good, so I decided to get this one.

Basically, it's an overview of aspects of Italian culture that have struck the expat author as ... notable: rampant cheating on exams, string resistance to eating foreign foods, wearing sunglasses on cloudy days, the mixed feelings on religion, and so forth; his section on (organized) crime near the end got a bit deep in the weeds for me, but otherwise I found the book interesting.

Honestly, 3.5 stars for content; however, the audio narration was enthusiastic, without being over-the-top, so it gets rounded up for that.
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- John S.


I absolutely loved it! five stars for Hooper and Armstrong. I'm Italian and my family is from Naples.
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- talularose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2015
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks