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.
Say something about yourself!
Seemed awfully choppy. not the audio, but the structure. Not much of a courtroom drama. See no need to download any further books from this author.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
I enjoyed this audio book immensely. It is a well-written view inside of the criminal legal system in Italy. The author, Gianrico Carofiglio, has set up this series as an exploration of impossible criminal legal cases managed by an lawyer that hates injustice. This series cannot be described as a thriller or police procedural. But still, it was fascinating and easy to follow. I especially loved that:
1) I got a real feel of an ordinary life in Italy. I didn't even notice that the trial didn't start until the latter part of the book.
2) The attorney, Guido Guerrieri, is written so brilliantly. He is deeply flawed, but I was often moved by his kindness and fight against injustice. His inner thoughts are spot on as well as very humorous. I look forward to getting to know Guerrieri better as I read more books in this series.
3) The narration by Sean Barrett is so good. He got me emotionally involved in the characters, especially the Senegalese client, Abbou. This series would lose some of its appeal with another narrator. Thankfully, Mr. Barrett continues the series as far as I can see.
If you enjoy legal stories (as in Grisham or Turow), give this book a try. I think you will be very pleased.
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.