When one of his wife Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it, beyond being intrigued and attracted by the girl's intelligence and moral seriousness. But when she is found murdered, clearly stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo is suddenly no longer simply Paola's student, but Brunetti's case ...
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One of the enjoyable aspects of the Audible books is usually the excellent Italian pronunciation by English speaking narrators. In this case however, the hard c’s in the names Chiara and Tabaccaio are pronounced as soft c’s. I found this off-putting as I usually enjoy the Italian language when used in the Donna Leon books.
"Murdered student's connection to 1940s Venice"
I would not compare the audio edition to a print one.
I would compare it to other Donna Leon books that I have read or listened to. It does not disappoint and, as in her other Brunetti books, Leon manages to place the crime against a background that is far from the Venice that the tourist perceives - in this case a 1940s war criminal . Whatever the serious and unsavoury issues involved, Leon always allows her readers to follow Brunetti's musings through the calles and campos of the sestieri and end with the perfect meal cooked by his wife.
The narrator is excellent.
Any scene with Brunetti and the amazing Elletra .
"Predictable good fun by Leon"
Maybe, depends when. A trick is clever really only once. In particular when it comes to crime novels.
The other Commissario Brunetti novels are somewhat similar, but rather entertaining. Predictable good fun!
Signorina Elettra's moments on the computer are always fun.
No, not really
Great narrator, unfortunately a certain grasp of Italian might have been useful. 'Tshiara' was particularly painful.
"Story superb, unfortunately the reader cannot pronounce Italian names"
It's a pity that the pronunciation - e.g. Chiara within English "ch" - distracts from the excellent writing
Horrible voice. Horrible attempt to do female characters and makes most men sound like thugs! Spoils it. Bring back David Rintoul!
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