When, one dark night in November, Prince Ludovico Ruspanti fell 150 feet to his death in the chapel at St. Peter's, Rome, there were a number of questions to be answered. Inspector Aurelio Zen finds that getting the answers isn't easy, as witness after witness is mysteriously silenced - by violent death. To crack the secret of the Vatican, Zen must penetrate the most secret place of all: the Cabal.
©1992 Michael Dibdin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
What a treasure.
There is macabre humour in the story's symmetry.The start and finish.
Zen very patiently explains why a death in the Vatican is suicide and a death in Rome is murder.
Kitchen is the perfect reader who does convey the nuance behind Aurelio Zen's appearance of professional behaviour as he determines his course of action in difficult circumstances.
Forget the series you may have seen on TV. This story written by Michael Dibden, read by Michael Kitchen is one you will listen to again and again.
Both story and narration are in my top ten.
Zen has always skated on the edge of the corrupt Italian system, I was on tenterhooks following him as he descended deeper into it's murky waters. Deception on all sides with a satisfying conclusion.
Michael Kitchen has an incredibly versatile voice. He largely uses vocal light and shade to distinguish the characters and speaks with absolute clarity. This adds another dimension to Michael Dibdin's wonderful writing.
This book had me laughing and close to tears at times.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Michael Dibdin's writing is tighter and so easy to listen to. In face Michael Kitchen is the best for this series. Not looking forward to the next book as I understand he does not do it. The Cabal is the best thus far and I was a little sad when it ended. Having PBD (Post Book Depression) isn't my idea of fun. I will get over it and get on with the next book. This story is so clever and interesting. Listen to this book or miss something you should of experienced in life.
"Spoiled by odd emphasis."
I was looking forward to listening to this book as I love to read the Aurelio Zen books. Unfortunately, however the narration was very oddly done. The emphasis seemed to be in all the wrong places as if the narrator was reading something he had never seen before and was failing to make sense of what he was reading. This is very odd as Michael Kitchen is a very good actor. I doubt I will finish the book for this reason, I have tried to listen to it several times but rarely get very far.
Appalling narration don't listen to another by him completely ruined a very good story. I want my money back.
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