The vivid depiction of Venice.
David Colacci's narration.
The author's understanding of Italy and the Italian people.
Good story telling that kept my interest till the end.
His ability to change his voice to create/interpret the various characters in the book. I actually purchased this book (I'm a first time Donna Leon reader) because Colacci was doing the narration. I became of Colacci from reading the John Lescroart, Dismas Hardy series.
No, because I wanted to make it last as long as possible. I could have listened in one sitting, but I forced myself to limit my sessions.
I'm looking forward to my next book by Donna Leon, but I want Colacci to be the reader. I sampled a little of Willful Behavior with Steven Crossley doing the read and decided I'd skip this one.
The first two hours of this empty listen seemed like fifteen, so I quit.
Glad I got it on sale.
As much as the book tried to depict a new and unique kind of PI, the main character offered nothing out of the ordinary to the genera. She kept telling us how different she was, but never showed us why.I didn't really dislike this book, but just found it to be a run-of-the-mill PI novel. I think I got it on sale. Glad I didn't use a credit or pay full price.
...but still an enjoyable read/listen.
The story seemed a little thin to me, but I'd still recommend it to a friend.
The regular characters are great as usual, but my admiration of Brunetti was knocked down just a notch when he admired a pair of Tasseled Loafers in a shop window. Tasseled Loafers! Come on Guido, loafers are bad enough, but Tasseled Loafers - yuck!
The narration by David Colacci was stellar, as usual. He's one of the best narrators in the business.
I advise anyone who really cares to read this book on the printed page where it won't be polluted by Dick Hill's intrusive and cloying narration. I tried to listen, but a giving up because I can't bear another minute of Hill.
This book would have been much more enjoyable if two of its characters had been eliminated, or at least minimized or viewed differently by the protagonist. The adoration of his cheesy, shallow, bimbo wife Gina, and of his beloved "city", San Diego, were a little hard for me to take. I call San Diego a character because the author used it as such in the book. Come on, SD may be big for a small town, but that's really all it is. There is a blandness to the book's setting that I don't feel when I read books based in LA, SF, NY, or other major cities. And Gina - she should have been dumped her in the beginning of the book. Robbie's constant attempts at pleasing her with expensive trinkets made him look like a fool. Actually, there seemed to be too much babble throughout the book about expensive toys. I don't think I'll read anything more by TJ Parker.
The book was well performed by the excellent narrator, David Colacci.
This book comes across more like a Harlequin Romance than a crime/mystery novel.
A little too affected,,, too cute for my tastes.
I'm only a short way into it, but I'm desperately looking for a real-life/live character. Everyone in the book is just too cartoonish, stereo-typed... characters, not people.
Too many brand names and designer labels.
And I'm not convinced the coffee information comes from anything other than book research.
Don't think I'll be reading anything else in the series.
Three stars is a little generous, but two would be too low.
Really enjoyed this one. It was a great listen. I've read some other Lashner books, but have stuck to paper versions since Marked Man is the only Lashner book Audible offers that is read by Richard Rohan. I sampled the other books on Audible, but couldn't get with any of the other narrators.
I have listened to this one more than once and it never fails to entertain. Good humor, good story; an off-beat, and good mystery. I recommend it.
Enjoyed the humor in this one. Good characters, interesting story. I kind of felt this was more of a Danny Boyle mystery than a John Ceepak tale, but that's really not a good or bad thing. I found the book similar in style and mood to other crime novels set in his region of the country, I was somewhat reminded of William Lashner's "Marked Man". Interesting... one reviewer complained about the author's "political sniping" If there was any of this going on, it was mild (and somewhat refreshing) and there were very few instances of it anyway. I can always enjoy a little poke at the right. If the author was truly political, he's have crucified Donald Trump. I'll read more by this author as long as the same narrator does the reading.
I almost stopped listening before the end of this silly, unbelievable exercise full of cookie-cutter characters and poorly strung together clichés. I'm glad I only paid a buck of so for this sample of Gardner's work. I'll know better than wasting a credit or any money on anything else she has written. It read like a very bad TV show from the past. Like she gathered together a hat-full of plot elements and ideas, picked out a few, and pieced them together in an attempt to form a unified whole.
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...but much better when Dick Hill is not the narrator. It would be great if Len Cariou would re-read all the books that were read by Hill.
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