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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The story is the tried genre of the hapless almost - PI cop or lawyer lost in love and life but saves the day through an investigation.
Interacting though having court scenes in Italy and where one goes to a new woman's place for dinner at ten am.
First, well narrated. Started slow for me. It's hard for me to read about a state of depression and associated side affects and get excited. However, it turned into a bang up courtroom drama. Good characters. Well thought out.
I was undecided how to rate this. The writing, characters, dialogue, descriptions and narration were all excellent--easily a 4 or a 5. But I am an attorney and I find it hard to believe that the portrayal of Italian criminal law and procedure is accurate. No pretrial motions or pretrial prep at all by the protagonist lawyer--i.e., interviewed no witnesses, did no independent investigation and no preparation to introduce the obvious alibi he only happens upon during trial; written 'summaries' of witness statements prepared by prosecution being allowed as evidence at trial, with no opportunity to examine witnesses in some cases; permitting expert opinion to be introduced during closing argument, with no foundation and no opportunity for cross examination. Maybe this is how it really works, but if so, there must be a lot of guilty people in jail there.
Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and I'm thinking about my next book.
A lesser narrator might have made this listen harder to get through. It isn't a "thriller" by any means-and it really isn't a courtroom drama either. Not much drama at all. Yet somehow it kept my interest as the lawyer tried to do a good job of representing his client through the strange Italian laws and court system. This lawyer, Guido, is going through some personal problems of his own, yet manages to stay focused when necessary. The story slowly moves toward the trial date and would have come to an expected conclusion--except that Guido gives a superb closing argument, which is really his only chance to give the jury something to think about.
Although there doesn't seem to be a lot going on, it all comes together quite nicely.