Improbable people, slightly to extremely preposterous dialogue, creaky plot, stiff characters as is usual for this author and still... I love this series. I like reading about the Van Dorn detectives, I love the then new but by now antique machinery so well described and somehow or other Cussler makes it all work.
He earns his money but how he makes it work is somewhat of a mystery. Disbelief gets suspended and you want to hear how it will end. (At least I did.)
The first in this series that I read was "Death at la Fenice" and I was captivated. I have only been in Venice a few times but wish I'd spent more time. It's too bad that Audible doesn't have the earliest so you could hear it all in order but it's an easy series to jump into. Fascinating detail about hidden corners and famous places in Venice, a wonderful policeman as the main character who has a truly Italian family life, a talented narrator who gets the pronunciation right, if you like art, history, travel, mystery and good writing the series is terriffic.
Some novels are perfect for listening in the car. Well written, fast paced, amusing, plot-driven. When the narrator is talented a three hour drive disappears. The Hornblower series is perfect for this and this narrator is as well.
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