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  • The Monster of Florence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Mario Spezi
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    In 2000, Douglas Preston and his family moved to Florence, Italy, fulfilling a long-held dream. They put their children in Italian schools and settled into a 14th century farmhouse in the green hills of Florence, where they devoted themselves to living la dolce vita while Preston wrote his best-selling suspense novels. All that changed when he discovered that the lovely olive grove in front of their house had been the scene of a double-murder.

    BLin says: "Enjoyable true-crime novel"
    "Enjoyable true-crime novel"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Granted, the cast of characters, all with Italian names, was not easy to follow, but after a few hours of listening things sort themselves out. The narrator was superb - I'd put him in the Scott Brick category. I give up on about 1/3 of the audio books I buy before getting to the end, but not this one. This book actually made me look forward to the next-day's drive down the Interstate.

    My biggest disappointment was finishing it. I doubt I'll find an adequate replacement.

    One minor quibble: I do not think it was necessary, really, for the narrator to use a fake Italian accent while reading an English translation of what Italians said. The book would have not have been "written" with an Italian accent, and that would have made it easier to understand. On the other hand, the accent was well-done and did add flavor to the story, so it was an artistic decision I probably shouldn't second-guess.

    If you like A&E shows like Cold Case Files, and international thrillers, you'll probably like this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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