Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
That title doesn't make much sense, but, like a rich Italian entree, I'm trying to figure out all the ingredients that made this short novel so enjoyable to listen to. The writing is precise and introspective, the tone is self-deprecating, the atmosphere, urban with a splash of European beach culture. The narration (not an Italian accent) is seductive, chiseled and intimate.
The story is besides the point...this is a character study squisito with Milhone-style details (instead of pulling on jeans and a sweatshirt, our protagonist slips into soft Italian loafers). Avvocato Guido shares his meals with us along with his embarrassments, unromantic notions and Italian points of law. Veramente buono!
Guido Guerrieri is a fascinating character, a nicely flawed reluctant hero. While working his way through his own problems and weaknesses, he manages to engage the reader with his style and grace, and to remain a thoroughly nice guy while rescuing his client from false charges. The glimpse into the Italian system of justice and way of life adds a special interest.
I recommend the book to those who like fully realized characters and who like solving puzzling cases. The story and the narration were both enjoyable. I plan to continue the series and I am pleased to have found these books.
Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.
I haven't read the book but Sean Barrett is my favourite Narrator and I couldn't stop listening to this exciting book. I loved every minute of it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who want to hear one of the best stories told.
Audio books changed my life and they become more important with each passing year for me. My favorite categories include history, biography, and both classic and modern police procedurals.
If this were a theater performance, one would be sitting at the edge of one's seat, biting nails. The attorney/investigator takes breathtaking risks, but in an intelligent, purposeful search for the truth.
The pace, the rhythm, and sequencing are perfect. So many of this genre overextend scenes or over-describe characters or jumble plotting for effect.
The middle-aged, battle weary protagonist, who saves himself from utter cynicism because of his intrinsic decency and belief in justice.
The end, which I won't give away!
The seemingly realistic portrayal of the justice system in Italy, which like our own in the United States, is riddled with corruption and no longer serves individual needs because of the interference of the powerful and the privileged, was edifying without depressing this reader.
Maybe the best.
The Closing Argument is presented with the highest degree of intelligence and reasoning. The Closing Argument made it impossible for the Judges and the Jury to reach any conclusion except that sought by the Closing Argument.
The performance is excellent. A well read audio book presents a mental picture that is similar to going to a play.
A mystery presented in manner I have not come across before, wherein the defendant's attorney gives an account from his perspective.
He was so good I didn't mind a British accent reading a book set in Italy. His voicings for different characters were very good. I might not even have stayed with the book except for him, as it starts quite slowly.
Without giving anything away suffice it to say that I could see where it was going as the case developed. I'm not sure I would have read the book, but Sean Barrett kept me more interested than the mere text would have done.
This book contains a fascinating courtroom drama, and is well worth listening to for that reason. However it also pays much too much attention to the psychological difficulties of the hero, his wife, and coming girlfriend Some listeners may enjoy the exposure of human weaknesses; I found it tedious and not interesting.
In its favor, the reader does a superb job with accents and intonations.
I appreciate the opportunity to try out books when Audible has a sale. I have enjoyed the Scandinavian authors, and have also enjoyed other Italian police procedurals. However, as another reviewer said, if this book portrays a typical Italian defense lawyer, there isn't any work done outside the courtroom.
Much of the book is the introspective musings, fears and disappointments of this attorney, interspersed with courtroom oratory and rhetoric. The premise was worthy of a story, but the story told was not engaging. I have no desire to listen to any additional books in this series.
There's a case with incredibly weak circumstantial evidence, but for no apparent reason everybody acts as if it is decisive, damning evidence. No new evidence or insights come to light, and the defense lawyer wins the case by pointing out... that it's incredibly weak circumstantial evidence. And, oh yeah, we never learn the least hint of how the crime was actually committed! None!
On the side, there's a separation from the lawyer's wife, and a prospective new love interest. Fighting and winning this dumb case helps the lawyer recover from his separation.
The writing style is good, and Sean Barrett's performance is great, but there's no content of any interest or entertainment value! I cannot imagine who would like this!
Book was translated from the Italian and takes place, with great detail, in a city no one is likely to be familiar with. made it harder to follow. Also the Italian legal system is very different from US, and as this is a legal thriller (not!) its tough to stick with the narrative when it is not intuitive to American law.