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Publisher's Summary

The murder of two clam fishermen off the island of Pellestrina, south of the Lido on the Venetian lagoon, draws Commissario Brunetti into the island's close-knit community, bound together by a code of loyalty and a suspicion of outsiders worthy of the Mafia.

When the Vice-Questore's secretary Signorina Elettra volunteers to visit the island, where she has relatives, Brunetti finds himself torn between his duty to solve the murders, concerns for Elettra's safety, and his not entirely straightforward feelings for her....

©2005 Donna Leon (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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One of the best of the Brunetti series

This is well-worth buying both for the story and the depiction of the Venetian lifestyle and the islands in the Laguna. The narration is also excellent.

Hugely enjoyable!

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Stopped audio with 5 minutes remaining. Very frustrating ...
I received a refund, then purchased a Kindle book to read the concluding pages.

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  • Margret V.
  • 07-09-2015

Terrible reading

What didn’t you like about David Colacci’s performance?

He makes many of the Italian characters sound as if they were trying to speak English, however, Donna Leon writes, in English admittedly, about Italians who are actually speaking their mother tongue. David Colacci appears to assume that non-Americans are too stupid to speak their own languages properly. This attitude made me so angry that I finished reading the book instead of listening to it.

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  • RW
  • 20-08-2021

Urgh - the narration!

I really could have done without the American narrator putting on cod ‘foreign’ accents for key characters. Here’s a thought: Italian people don’t sound to other Italian people like they are putting on an Italian accent. Just read the ruddy story! I finished this one off on the kindle instead.

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  • Kate Tuerena
  • 01-03-2019

Dreadful narration

Having listened to all the Brunetti books with narration by David Rintoul I decided I wanted to continue listening to the series so needed to change narrator. I got about 10 minutes in and had to stop. Dreadful, patronising, stilted, American reading. So that's it for me and this series, unless they hire David Rintoul again!

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  • Michelle C
  • 07-04-2017

beautifully written thriller

a bit slow to start but very interesting insight into venetian life. Well written characters and a good ending.

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  • Philippa
  • 25-05-2022

Great book , disappointing narration

I found the narration irritating- American accent. Donna Leon stories always well written so preserved!!

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  • Fiona Macvie
  • 14-04-2022

Had to stop listening

I usually read this series but thought I’d try this on audiobooks. I’m afraid I couldn’t get on with the narration. A weird mixture of accents and also rather slow. Gave up after a couple of chapters - about to buy the book! Can’t review the story yet but had to give a star to complete the review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-09-2021

Thrilling conclusion!

I don't often write reviews but this was an Audible 'page-turner'!
Having set the 'Sleep Timer' for 15 minutes I had to repeat the process 3 times to finish the book last night.

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  • Dash
  • 14-03-2021

David Colacci

Great book. I can never listen to Donna Leon without Colacci. He has the perfect voice and accent for it.

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  • Chris
  • 14-05-2019

Sea of troubles review.

prefer English or Italian narrator.

but he did a good job, especially in view of pronunciation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-2015

Another Italian triumph

Would you listen to A Sea of Troubles again? Why?

I really enjoy all of Donna Leon's books as they create a good view of Venice!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Sea of Troubles?

I particularly enjoy the descriptions of meals which evoke images of wonderful Italian cuisine.

What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I have always enjoyed having stories read to me.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Brunetti solves the case again!

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