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mary

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  • Wilful Behaviour

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    When one of his wife Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it, beyond being intrigued and attracted by the girl's intelligence and moral seriousness. But when she is found murdered, clearly stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo is suddenly no longer simply Paola's student, but Brunetti's case ...

    mary says: "Murdered student's connection to 1940s Venice"
    "Murdered student's connection to 1940s Venice"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wilful Behaviour to be better than the print version?

    I would not compare the audio edition to a print one.


    What other book might you compare Wilful Behaviour to and why?

    I would compare it to other Donna Leon books that I have read or listened to. It does not disappoint and, as in her other Brunetti books, Leon manages to place the crime against a background that is far from the Venice that the tourist perceives - in this case a 1940s war criminal . Whatever the serious and unsavoury issues involved, Leon always allows her readers to follow Brunetti's musings through the calles and campos of the sestieri and end with the perfect meal cooked by his wife.

    The narrator is excellent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Brunetti and the amazing Elletra .


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator), Agnete Friis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (473)

    Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet.

    Sarah says: "Not recommended"
    "good thrilling story but spoiled by the narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator) and Agnete Friis and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    Yes, this was a well structured story told rom the point of view of, at first encounter, four unconnected characters whose connections to the main mystery of boy in the suitcase became clear only very gradually.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was quite nail-biting towards the end.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    No. This was the disappointing part of the listening experience. This narrator really irritated me. There was a lot of over-dramatisation in her reading and a sort of sarcasm.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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