This novel not only presents a story that reveals Italian culture, and the Italian legal system, but it also focuses on the meaning of life - all well blended into a legal suspense story that keeps you engaged all the way through. The characters grow and develop as the story moves along and you grow the really identify and like the hero, even though when the novel starts you are not really sure if you do. Really well written, great plot line, and hope when there is none!. Well worth a listen!
Although I find the protagonist in the few of these books I have read quite charming, this particular reading is thronged with beyond tedious courtroom questions, procedures, identifications, etc. I found that when my mind drifted out of boredom, it really made no difference to where I was in the story. The main character is complex, yet very well developed and the reader is given entree to his inner persona. Were the story more interesting, it would have been a great read.
Even though Involuntary Witness has a courtroom subplot, it isn't a legal thriller or a mystery. It is a story of how a man, who happens to be an attorney, is shattered by and recovers from a divorce and grows as an individual. It wasn't what I expected from the title and the cover art, but I enjoyed listening. The courtroom story arc is extremely interesting and says a lot about the Italian legal system and immigration issues. I have no idea how the title relates to the story. The narrator does a nice job but he sounded too old. When he said "avvocato," the Italian word for attorney, it sounded like he was saying avocado. If you enjoy foreign films, you might enjoy this.
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.
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
The story is about a lawyer, Quido, who is struggling to overcome the emotional damage from his recent breakup with his wife. It is also, supposed to primarily be about a case of a man accused of killing a nine year old boy.
I would say about a third of the book, if that, focuses on the case. The rest is very slow placed accounts of Quido's day to day activities. Some of his thoughts are amusing but much of it is really irrelevant to the plot.
The aspects pertaining to the case are revealed over a painfully slow process and when they do get into the courtroom there is so much repetition that I just wanted to fast forward.
I won't listen to the next one in this series.
On a plus side, the narrator does a good job with what he has to work with.
I might try one more. But, if it is anything like Involuntary Witness, I'll never listen to him, again.
I can't think of a book as boring as this. Maybe an audio treat book.
He was okay. A bit dry. But, he was just reading the boring story. Not his fault.
As seen above, I gave the story 3 stars. it had a good premise for a story, but it dragged on and the author had the protagonist droll on and on. It could have been a goo short-story. Because there was a good premise to it, I had to finish the damned thing.
Maybe an abridged version wouldn't droll on and on and maybe wouldn't be so boring!