After listening to an excerpt of the first chapter, I was interested in the story and wanted to hear the rest. The opening character's story was great, but then, the other characters' stories took over, and it went downhill from there. To be blunt, they were losers who felt sorry for themselves, kept repeating the same mistakes and wasted any chances of success they could have had.I made it through the first half, then decided to quit and listen to another audio.
the reader did a good job, but couldn't make up for a lackluster story.
Stayed with story in Italy and those characters. The americans were whiney losers.
The reading was fine, he couldn't do anything about a depressing story to improve it.
I was disappointed in the way the story moved over to other characters who were not interesting at all.
There were too many different story lines that followed lackluster characters.
The story was excellent and kept you guessing, and Chet's observations and storytelling often caused me to laugh out loud. The narrarator does a perfect job, great voice and just the right spin on the story.
The exciting conclusion was great.
Chet the dog, of course!
I laughed out loud several times, even though i was out walking my dog at the time!
Can't wait for the next Chet and Bernie mystery!
I usually enjoy Donna Leon books about Inspector Brunetti, but this one seemed very rushed, with an abrupt ending. It seemed like the author suddenly tired of the story and just wanted to get it over with. Too bad, because the subject of stolen pages from very valuable old books could have been so much more. I knew the audio would be short, but when "the end" came, I could hardly believe it.
There was much less interaction with Brunetti's wife and children, and his fellow police. The story line was good, but could have been developed more deeply.
The narrator is ok, but a bit bland.
I hope this book doesn't signal the end of the series, if the author is tired of writing them.
the story is very unique, featuring some humor as well as a murder mystery and the question of how does an artist find inspiration, and what part does a muse play in the creation of the art. well-read, lots of twists ad turns in the story. the story holds your interest.
When the model and muse reveals her beginnings and purpose.
Any of the scenes featuring Toulouse Lautrec, what a character!
When Van Gogh dies, it is so sad and such a loss to the creative art world.
If you are a fan of French Impressionism, you will enjoy the characters of the book, who are the famous artists of the time; Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin, to name a few.
After I finished listening to this audio, i decided to start from the beginning again! it's fast-moving, exciting and well-read. I do have to say the main character has racy,"junior-high" language, especially in regards to women, but it goes with the story and character. There ar twists and turns in the story line, and Sarah Palin turns up as a character! by the way, the "wild thing" is a kind of loch ness monster in One of the Great Lakes.
the main character, who is the narrator of the story, a doctor and an ex-mafia hit man! He is smart as well bold, and manages to get in and out of trouble constantly.
The readers were perfect for the characters, and they made the story come alive.very well read. I think the book would not have the same impact without the readers.
The main character, Pietro, who also goes under an alias, since he is in the witness-protection program. (he is an ex-hit man for the mafia.) He is very smart as well as a smart-mouth, and despite the bad language, very charming!
Both the author and his main character are doctors, and frequently bring up obscure and interesting medical facts. This book is fun and and you will find it hard to turn off, even after you reach the end!
Michael Kitchen is a wonderful reader, he pronounces the Italian words sprinkled through the story beautifully. He has just the right balance of lightness and irony for the character of Aurelio Zen, the disillusioned Italian detective. This story is playing off the opera Cosi Fan Tutte, with the characters of the story having similar experiences to those in the opera.
I am a big Michael Dibdin/Aurelio Zen fan, and this book has a decidedly different, more playful style than the other books. That is not to say it is not as good, it doesn't have the more serious tone that the other stories do. It is a nice change for Zen.
Michael Kitchen has a wonderful voice, pronounces the Italian words expertly, and has just the right tone of irony that is required for the Aurelio Zen series.
This book was very entertaining and funny, I highly recommend it to fans of Aurelio Zen and those who enjoy lighthearted detective stories.
I give it 5 stars all around!
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