Donna Leon's Death at La Fenice, the first novel in her beloved Commissario Guido Brunetti series, introduced listeners to the glamorous and cutthroat world of opera and one of Italy's finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli - then a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor. Years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to Venice and La Fenice to sing the lead in Tosca.
Brunetti and his wife, Paola, attend an early performance, and Flavia receives a standing ovation. Back in her dressing room, she finds bouquets of yellow roses - too many roses. Every surface of the room is covered with them. An anonymous fan has been showering Flavia with these beautiful gifts in London, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, and now Venice, but she no longer feels flattered.
A few nights later, invited by Brunetti to dine at his in-laws' palazzo, Flavia confesses her alarm at these excessive displays of adoration. And when a talented young Venetian singer who has caught Flavia's attention is savagely attacked, Brunetti begins to think that Flavia's fears are justified in ways neither of them imagined. He must enter in the psyche of an obsessive fan before Flavia, or anyone else, comes to harm.
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Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I'm a big fan of Brunetti and Donna Leon, but this book did not seem to me to be at all inspired. The first of Leon's Venetian mysteries was set at La Fenice opera house, and this one is a return of both the location and one of the main characters of that book.
Unfortunately, that is about the only appeal of "Falling in Love." Venice, usually the star of this series, seems a bit tired and not nearly as 'present' as in previous volumes. Brunetti and his family and work colleagues also lack the vitality and wit we're used to.
The plot is slow to develop and not all that interesting. In short, "Falling in Love" is a pale, weakened addition to this series, and I, at least, hope Donna Leon will either find her Venetian muse again or move on to a new, fresher series.
I love so many things about Donna Leon's books. In this book Guido is helping an opera singer Flavia Petrelli-- who is scared by unwanted attention she has received, and then, he tries to find her dangerous stalker. This book is not centered on a murder, so it is less intense than others. To me these books are so much about Guido Brunetti- his appreciation for Venice and his relationships with Paola and Signorina Elettra and his workmates and family. I love the literary allusions. We get to peek into whatever Paola or Guido is reading. I like the mystery and the view of another culture. While I am listening to these books, I am living in Venice- smelling its smells, feeling its weather, traveling its canals, eating its food, understanding some of its history and how it is changing. What could be better? I love to read about a man who loves his family-- and enjoys going home to his wife. And for me, listening to David Colacci is something I could do all day every day.
Yes. I like this series and think friends would enjoy it. It isn't bloody and gory like many books these days but the high caliber writing is a big attraction.
I liked the way the characters interacted. The singer was older and famous but nervous. Her friend, Frankie, watched out for her but you weren't sure if he was the one stalking her. The entire storyline kept you guessing and in the end all is revealed.
Yes. I've listened to,all of his performances as Brunetti. He is always superb.
Could have listened but it was possible to put it down. It wasn't as riveting as some earlier books by Leon but it was very well written and I hope Brunetti continues to keep Venice safe.
If you've read other Leon books you won't be disapointed
Shows the story-telling abilities of Leon
Nothing - A fine performance
Possibly, more insight into Guido's friends
It was refreshing to have and strong and intelligent victim
a writing teacher might be impressed with the minutia of descriptions.
Failure to develop the main characters and failure to achieve interesting minor characters.
He's just good.
Donna Leon's plot in this latest novel is much simplified from the usual complexity of having 3 or 4 simultaneous storylines. This novel involves the stalking of a famous opera star, and the descriptions of the back-stage atmosphere are particularly well done. It's always lovely to be in the company of Brunetti and his family.
This story left me wanting more. I feel like it ended too abruptly and I still had unanswered questions.
I enjoy Donna Leon books mostly for her langourous and detailed depiction of Venetian life and character portrayal. The plot is generally thin, and this book is no exception, but, at bottom, Leon is an easy and enjoyable read and I don't look for more from her novels. Perhaps David Colacci's narration is the real draw.
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