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Involuntary Witness Audiobook

Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.
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Publisher's Summary

A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

©2005 Gianrico Carofiglio (P)2011 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

“Hard-boiled and sun-dried in equal parts. Where Philip Marlowe would be knocking back bourbon and listening to the snap of fist on jaw, Guido Guerrieri prefers Sicilian wine and Leonard Cohen. The role of Guerrieri is to take on impossible cases that have little chance of success. His efforts to prove his client's innocence bring him into dangerous conflict with Mafia interests. Everything a legal thriller should be.” (Financial Times)

''At one level an exciting courtroom thriller, but what places it in a superior league is the portrayal of a slice of Italian society not normally encountered in crime fiction and an immensely appealing flawed hero." (The Times, London)

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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 07-30-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "A Fabulous Find!!"

    This book was such a surprise for me. I didn't expect to be so riveted to the mp3 player--I finished the book in a day and a half! This is an audiobook I really hated to end and it is a hard act to follow for my next book.

    Firstly, the narration is the best! Sean Barrett nails the main character, Guido Guerrieri, but without even needing an Italian accent. He also portrays the defendent, Abdou Thiam, impeccably. I will definitely seek our more books by this narrator.

    I really like this sort of story. I felt I really got into the head of the main character, that he was actually speaking to me. What some other reviewers found "tedious", I found compelling. I could have listened to the character, Guido, musing on about his life for a really long time; I found myself interested in it all! I loved his incidental relationships, too. Perhaps this is an indication of the narrator's skill and the author's talent combined. The author and the narrator are an unbeatable combination for me.

    I liked the story very much too. I could not imagine how all the circumstantial evidence and prejudices of the main players could be overcome. It certainly wasn't how I expected it to turn out. I also found the Italian justice system very interesting.

    All in all, this was a fun listening experience for me, much to soon over. I am definitely wanting more of Carofiglio and Barrett!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 12-07-13
    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 12-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Fascinating courtroom scenes"

    This book contains a fascinating courtroom drama, and is well worth listening to for that reason. However it also pays much too much attention to the psychological difficulties of the hero, his wife, and coming girlfriend Some listeners may enjoy the exposure of human weaknesses; I found it tedious and not interesting.
    In its favor, the reader does a superb job with accents and intonations.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark MENDON, NY, United States 12-02-13
    Mark MENDON, NY, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Non-story!"

    There's a case with incredibly weak circumstantial evidence, but for no apparent reason everybody acts as if it is decisive, damning evidence. No new evidence or insights come to light, and the defense lawyer wins the case by pointing out... that it's incredibly weak circumstantial evidence. And, oh yeah, we never learn the least hint of how the crime was actually committed! None!

    On the side, there's a separation from the lawyer's wife, and a prospective new love interest. Fighting and winning this dumb case helps the lawyer recover from his separation.

    The writing style is good, and Sean Barrett's performance is great, but there's no content of any interest or entertainment value! I cannot imagine who would like this!



    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet H. Maddox 09-19-13
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    "Entertaining Mystery, Italian Justice"

    Guido Guerrieri is a fascinating character, a nicely flawed reluctant hero. While working his way through his own problems and weaknesses, he manages to engage the reader with his style and grace, and to remain a thoroughly nice guy while rescuing his client from false charges. The glimpse into the Italian system of justice and way of life adds a special interest.

    I recommend the book to those who like fully realized characters and who like solving puzzling cases. The story and the narration were both enjoyable. I plan to continue the series and I am pleased to have found these books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-02-12 Member Since 2015

    Audio books changed my life and they become more important with each passing year for me. My favorite categories include history, biography, and both classic and modern police procedurals.

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    "From a Committed Carofilglio Fan"
    If you could sum up Involuntary Witness in three words, what would they be?

    If this were a theater performance, one would be sitting at the edge of one's seat, biting nails. The attorney/investigator takes breathtaking risks, but in an intelligent, purposeful search for the truth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace, the rhythm, and sequencing are perfect. So many of this genre overextend scenes or over-describe characters or jumble plotting for effect.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    The middle-aged, battle weary protagonist, who saves himself from utter cynicism because of his intrinsic decency and belief in justice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end, which I won't give away!


    Any additional comments?

    The seemingly realistic portrayal of the justice system in Italy, which like our own in the United States, is riddled with corruption and no longer serves individual needs because of the interference of the powerful and the privileged, was edifying without depressing this reader.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 07-31-12
    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 07-31-12

    Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.

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    "Voluntary Listener and How"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Involuntary Witness to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book but Sean Barrett is my favourite Narrator and I couldn't stop listening to this exciting book. I loved every minute of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who want to hear one of the best stories told.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Bainbridge, OH, United States 12-27-11
    John Bainbridge, OH, United States 12-27-11
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    "Required Reading for Lawyers"
    Where does Involuntary Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Maybe the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Closing Argument is presented with the highest degree of intelligence and reasoning. The Closing Argument made it impossible for the Judges and the Jury to reach any conclusion except that sought by the Closing Argument.


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

    The performance is excellent. A well read audio book presents a mental picture that is similar to going to a play.


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    Katlover Florida 02-22-16
    Katlover Florida 02-22-16 Member Since 2016

    I love a good clean, edge of your seat, mystery.

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    "Good clean mystery"
    What did you love best about Involuntary Witness?

    A relatable protagonist and storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Guido, of course


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Guido, the main character , thinks he's on a sinking ship, and, after some longstanding stick-to-it, never give up attitude, things start to turn around for his client.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in a series, which I kinda tend to stay away from, but it was recommended by an audible associate, and I am glad that I gave it a go, I have already downloaded the next in the series.

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    MJL Provo, UT, US 02-06-16
    MJL Provo, UT, US 02-06-16
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    "Interesting story- I could relate. Has depth to the story, and humor which I like."

    I really liked this book. I would like to get the rest in the series if they are all as good as this. The only very slight disappointment was that the narrator did not have an Italian accent. He did have a very nice voice and easy to understand. He gave a nice performance. But the Italian accent would have brought me into the story more quickly and helped me envision the place and the people.

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    Bronwyn Bloubergstrand, South Africa 12-28-15
    Bronwyn Bloubergstrand, South Africa 12-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "It's not "Avocado""

    I really enjoyed this Italian novel about the rather conflicted "advvocato" (lawyer/ advocate) who takes on a challenging case to try to save an innocent man from life in prison. The pace was good, the story was interesting and the characters were colorful. I look forward to reading more by this author.

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