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Diana Burton

Granbury, Texas USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Friends in High Places: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    In Friends in High Places, Commissario Guido Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of approval for the construction of Brunetti's apartment years before. What began as a red-tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is later found dead after a mysterious fall from a scaffold. Brunetti starts an investigation that will take him into the unfamiliar and dangerous areas of drug abuse and loan-sharking, and will reveal, once again, what a difference it makes in Venice to have friends in high places.

    Diana Burton says: "One of her best..."
    "One of her best..."
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    Where does Friends in High Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Have always liked her stories of Comissario Brunetti and descriptions of one of my favorite cities, Venice. I think Donna Leon is perfecting her craft with each book, and Friends in High Places absolutely finds her at the top of her game. David Colacci is one of the best narrators working today.
    The story itself was fast moving, had enough characters to make it interesting but not confusing, and kept my interest throughout.
    Am looking forward to her next and next and next!! Keep them coming, Miss Leon!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nice pace...great characters throughout.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    100% wonderful! Best in the business.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Brunetti & Venice...totally Win/Win!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • By Its Cover: Commissario Guido Brunetti, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (89)

    One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: The culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem-- the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist.

    alexis says: "Colacci is BACK!!!"
    "A true fan of Donna Leon"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...most especially to friends who have been to Venice and appreciate Italy. Love the mystery and how Brunetti and his team calmly go about ferreting out clues and and work with intelligence and good psychology. The interaction with Brunetti and Paola is insightful and entertaining. It is nice to have a good story without explicit sex or violence, but with appropriate descriptions, even if grisly...as it would exist in most murder investigations. The author is a wonderful storyteller who obviously knows the territory and how things work in police investigating in enchanting Venice.


    What other book might you compare By Its Cover to and why?

    My husband and I have either read or listened to every book Ms. Leon has written. As for comparisons, they all stand on their own as great entertainment and compelling characters and story lines.


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    David Colacci and George Guidall are the two performers we especially enjoy. The best!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The abrupt ending was a surprise..mostly because I was not ready for it to end!


    Any additional comments?

    Hope there are more Donna Leon books on the way!!

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