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James

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  • The Monster of Florence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Mario Spezi
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    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"
    "Zodiac anyone?"
    Overall

    The only thing I could think about while listening to this book was the 2007 David Fincher film, Zodiac. The film is a modern classic thereby making it difficult for The Monster of Florence to compete when essentially dealing with the same topics, e.g. unsolved murders, the unyielding grip of obsession, etc. As for the narration, annoying. The faux Italian emphasis on pronunciation wore on me like a fire alarm that would not turn off. All in all, interesting topic made plain by something far better having preceded it. My advice, throw Zodiac in your Netflix queue and spend your Audible credit on something else.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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