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  • The Monster of Florence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Mario Spezi
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    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"
    "Good story, bad reading"
    Overall

    The Monster of Florence's story has been told many times in italy, by many brilliant writers, but this book beats them all: it's very detailed, yet gripping. Spezi's theory on the monster's identity is questionable but also likely, like all the alternatives. I'd give this book five stars if it were not for the very bad reading. Most italian names are mispronounced at the point of being almost unrecognizable, even for somenone who has read and knows most of what was written about the monster. And the choice of giving all dialogues a stupid italian accent (not even florentinian, more south italian) is nonsensical and irritating: it makes it look like that the dialogues took place in bad english, while, obviously, they were all in italian.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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