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Aurelio Zen: Vendetta | [Michael Dibdin]

Aurelio Zen: Vendetta

Inspector Zen has a problem: an impossible murder, recorded on the closed-circuit video of Oscar Burolo's top-security Sardinian fortress. As Zen gets to work, he is once again plunged into a menacing and violent world where his own life is soon at risk.
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Inspector Zen has a problem: an impossible murder, recorded on the closed-circuit video of Oscar Burolo's top-security Sardinian fortress. As Zen gets to work, he is once again plunged into a menacing and violent world where his own life is soon at risk. A major TV drama series on BBC One starred Rufus Sewell as Zen.

©1988 Michael Dibdin; ©2012 AudioGO Ltd

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    Jeff Radt Pasadena, CA, USA 10-01-12
    Jeff Radt Pasadena, CA, USA 10-01-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Dibdin and Zen and Kitchen...a great combo"

    The combination of compelling story telling, trenchant humor and delicious characterizations conspire to make this a classic Zen mystery. Michael Kitchen owns this series in his mastery of the ironies and complexities of tone in Dibdin's terrific book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Pinehurst, NC, United States 10-12-12
    Janet Pinehurst, NC, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Elegant"

    It took me a while to warm up to Kitchen's venomous delivery, but he settled down and the brilliance of Dibden's plotting and characterization took over. Dibden communicates a wonderful sense of place and a subtle humor. While the elegance of his style comes through with every sentence and transcends genre, it took me a while to appreciate the economy of the writing. Worth every minute!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Booragoon, Australia 06-09-13
    Julia Booragoon, Australia 06-09-13 Member Since 2012

    Desperately waiting in anticipation of the next Harry Hole

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    "Well written and well narrated"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, particularly if they have been to Rome or Sardinia


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously has to be Zen, tries his best to be high moralled but really just wants an easy life without having to put in too much effort


    What about Michael Kitchen’s performance did you like?

    It took me a while to get into Kitchens style but have since bought another in the series. It's worth persevering because he is a great fit to Zen's laid back personality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I listen while commuting by bus.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to more books in the series but it's disappointing there are gaps. I would like to know why.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sydney, Australia 01-29-14
    Michael Sydney, Australia 01-29-14 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "This series just gets better"

    Michael Dibdin has really improved in his writing and his descriptions are fantastic. Michael Kitchen does an excellent job narrating this book. Aurelia Zen character is further developed nicely and it is a shame that the BBC cancelled the TV Series. Great book which you could read on its own. I am going to pass this onto my mother who I am sure will enjoy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael williams old saybrook, CT United States 02-11-13
    michael williams old saybrook, CT United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Looking for more!"
    If you could sum up Aurelio Zen: Vendetta in three words, what would they be?

    All about revenge!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The quirky, unconventional protagonist. The intimate navigation of Roman streets and neighborhoods.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kitchen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but will actively seek him out.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I rarely have extreme reactions to books, but that doesn't mean that this one wasn't a very pleasurable experience from beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Aurelio Zen experience, but will certainly not be the last.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Almost fell asleep"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love Michael Kitchen as an actor but someone else should have read this book. His voice was excellent at sending me to sleep!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I'm sorry but I couldn't get to the end because I did not enjoy the reader.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kitchen?

    Someone with more animation and flow.


    Was Aurelio Zen: Vendetta worth the listening time?

    I'm afraid it wasn't. I'm disappointed as it's just the sort of book I love reading . (I love Donna Leon books and hoped this might have the same sort of atmosphere.)


    Any additional comments?

    My first completely disappointing Audible purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • claire
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    "Poor Delivery"

    Unfortunately I had to give up on this because the narrator's careless delivery got on my nerves so much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lorraine
    ingleby barwick, United Kingdom
    10/4/12
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    "Too many pauses in mid sentence !"

    I love Micheal Kitchens voice and as his Character in Foyles War, but his constant pausing in mid sentence delivering each.....word.....with.....a......long....pause spoilt this book for me.



    As much as I like the TV series I cannot listen to another Zen audiobook, I wish I had tried the samples first !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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