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Cosi Fan Tutti: An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Book 5 | [Michael Dibdin]

Cosi Fan Tutti: An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Book 5

Neopolitan businessmen, politicians, and eminent mafiosi are assassinated as someone takes literally the job of cleaning up the city's tarnished image. In this mystery, Aurelio Zen discovers that in '90s 'New Italy', things are still the same.
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Neopolitan businessmen, politicians, and eminent mafiosi are assassinated as someone takes literally the job of cleaning up the city's tarnished image. In this mystery, Aurelio Zen discovers that in '90s 'New Italy', things are still the same.

©1996 Michael Dibdin (P)2010 AudioGO Ltd

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    Jeff Radt Pasadena, CA, USA 01-25-11
    Jeff Radt Pasadena, CA, USA 01-25-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderfully entertaining"

    Complex plot and delicious writing serving up great characters in hilarity and drama. Michael Kitchen's narration is the superb.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    nancy United States 01-02-12
    nancy United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining story, excellently read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cosi Fan Tutti the most enjoyable?

    Michael Kitchen is a wonderful reader, he pronounces the Italian words sprinkled through the story beautifully. He has just the right balance of lightness and irony for the character of Aurelio Zen, the disillusioned Italian detective. This story is playing off the opera Cosi Fan Tutte, with the characters of the story having similar experiences to those in the opera.


    What other book might you compare Cosi Fan Tutti to and why?

    I am a big Michael Dibdin/Aurelio Zen fan, and this book has a decidedly different, more playful style than the other books. That is not to say it is not as good, it doesn't have the more serious tone that the other stories do. It is a nice change for Zen.


    What does Michael Kitchen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael Kitchen has a wonderful voice, pronounces the Italian words expertly, and has just the right tone of irony that is required for the Aurelio Zen series.


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

    This book was very entertaining and funny, I highly recommend it to fans of Aurelio Zen and those who enjoy lighthearted detective stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I give it 5 stars all around!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Corvallis, OR, United States 08-27-12
    Robert Corvallis, OR, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Old World Traveler

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    "Enjoyable, fun, intriguing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good story told by a great voice artist like Michael Kitchen.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is down right fun.


    What about Michael Kitchen’s performance did you like?

    Mr Kitchen is as good as ever. Besides I love his Folye's War series. He is certainly a great actor. Forget someone like Tom Cruse reading this. Kitchen is the consummate leading character actor at the top of his game. He appears to be having great fun with the various voices. I envy such talent.


    Any additional comments?

    One can really appreciate this story when you find a quiet place, a cup of hot chocolate, and no interruptions. It is not hard to "get into" this story. I will wait a month or two and hear it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 05-23-12
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    "Zen"

    What's not to like about Zen? He loves his mother, treats women with respect and catches the bad guys. Michael Dibdin I miss your kind of writting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate+Mitchell Powell Portland, OR, United States 09-16-11
    Kate+Mitchell Powell Portland, OR, United States 09-16-11 Member Since 2005

    I listen to audio books while working.

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    "NOTHING LIKE ZEN ON THE TELE"

    We were introduced to this author though the BBC, and that Zen is such an unusual character, not typical, moral in his own way, sincere, with a backbone, and very clever. THIS IS NOT THAT ZEN. It is much more police-corrupt-lazy cop, and so it is a huge disappointment. I forced myself through 1 1/2 hours, then let go and went on. Possibly I will give it another try when I am not thinking it is like the BBC series, WHICH IS EXCELLENT, but I doubt it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Lake Geneva, WI, United States 07-23-11
    Alan Lake Geneva, WI, United States 07-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A pleasant listen"

    Fine writing with humor in the style of Tom Sharpe. Maybe not as good as he, but who is? There's a Shakespearean type finale when all the characters gather on stage to resolve questions and reveal surprises. There's even an ending soliloquy by Zen on the mysteries of life. My only criticism is that the main character is a bit more of a bumbler than I like in crime novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sydney, Australia 06-27-14
    Michael Sydney, Australia 06-27-14 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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    "Much To Do About Nothing"

    One of those stories where one chases their tail only to end up having it all work out in the end with a few laughs to tie it all up. Not Michael Dibdin's best, but still nice to see that Aurelio Zen hasn't been affected by fame and success, actually this character always just misses out, but he still ends up surviving and not looking too bad. Michael Kitchen is his usually best.
    ZEN LITE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Boalsburg, PA, United States 08-07-12
    Lynn Boalsburg, PA, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "love Michael kitchen"
    What made the experience of listening to Cosi Fan Tutti the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is the best. He makes the Italian voices different and fun. He has just the right touch for this fairly humorous Zen episode. His narration is a bit slow, but his delivery helps you enjoy all the nuances of the authors prose, especially the dialog.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was a tad confusing with lots of digressions, but that seemed intentional in this parody of Mozart's opera. This is not a book for someone who wants a straight detective mystery.


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

    I've listened to one other Michael Kitchen performance. He is just superlative always.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Bellingham, WA, United States 07-09-12
    Frances Bellingham, WA, United States 07-09-12
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    "contrived story, fabulous narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cosi Fan Tutti to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition. The audio edition was wonderful largely because of Michael Kitchen's narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aurelio Zen of course. He is by far the most developed, and in spite of some slightly shady practices, he is very sympathetic. He has a lot of insight, empathy and, in the end, works to see justice done.


    What about Michael Kitchen’s performance did you like?

    He has a lovely voice. He manages to use it create a huge array of different characters.


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

    No. I read it in 1-2 hour chunks while hiking, and smaller chunks while driving. I think hearing it in one sitting would have been too much.


    Any additional comments?

    Dibdin is a very fine writer. His mysteries are engaging and his descriptions of Italy are marvellously evocative. This particular story was tied to the plot of Cosi Fan Tutti, which made it a bit artificial. I liked the other Zen stories I've read or listened to better. But it was definitely worthwhile. And the narration was wonderful.

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  • Alan
    BASINGSTOKE, HANTS, United Kingdom
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    "Cosi Fan Tuti"

    After the too short 3 episode Zenn series on BBC, I thought I'd try an audio version of the one of the books, I was not disappointed. I found it's witty, tongue in cheek humour, and light touch most entertaining. Couldn't stop listening, until I'd finished it, and have immediately bought another Zenn audio book. The narrator Michael Kitchen is perfect for the style of prose, and 'acts' the narrative superbly, adding to my total enjoyment. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom
    4/17/11
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    "The Art of Zen..."

    An intriguing plot, presented with a deftness of touch rarely encountered in such novels.
    This author understands the dark heart of Italy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    4/24/14
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    "Good story, awful narrator!!"
    Would you try another book written by Michael Dibdin or narrated by Michael Kitchen?

    By Michael Dibdin, yes.
    By Michael Kitchen, no. Unfortunately, there is not always an option and if you follow a series.....


    Could you see Cosi Fan Tutti being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Yes. Same as in the ones already made.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
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    "Dibdin and Zen - unpredictable and compelling."


    It takes concentration to follow and understand the machinations of the minds of his characters, not least of all, Zen himself, but once grasped, following them is a breathless journey - they never disappoint!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maja
    Erlangen, Germany
    12/17/11
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    "Uneven writing, brilliantly read"

    The story has some very good parts, but altogether - it is too long, too convoluted and sporting a number of half-baked characters. The details are better than the whole. Michael Kitchen reading is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isobel
    Bordon, United Kingdom
    7/17/11
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    "Made me smile!"

    This book is worth listening to for the excellent way Michael Kitchen reads it. He puts so much humour into it with his expression and Italian accent. The story has many twists and turns and great characters. It was hard to switch off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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