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Involuntary Witness Audiobook
Involuntary Witness
Written by: 
Gianrico Carofiglio
Narrated by: 
Sean Barrett
Involuntary Witness Audiobook

Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

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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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    Roberta 07-09-14
    Roberta 07-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "great character"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, again, I purchased this book as a daily special and was so please that I was introduced to a good story and a good character. He had didn't exactly have personality but he was real.


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

    not on the edge of my seat but certainly kept me interested


    Which scene was your favorite?

    can't say now - doing the review a little late - have read several other books but I found the book real so must be the scene where he is satisfied with himself


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

    no - but none are. don't have time to do thatbut I listen to long stretches of time, driving or doing mindless work etc.


    Any additional comments?

    thought the accent would bother me but it didn't, it actually made it better, I think

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    Gregory 07-09-14
    Gregory 07-09-14 Member Since 2013

    A day without sunshine is like, well, night.

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    "Very Good Legal Drama"

    Translated from Italian, the author provides a great view of Italy’s criminal legal process which is very different than ours. Also, the reader must remember that the story was set in about the year 2000, before the world determined that only DNA offers conclusive proof of a crime. The story is well written and the main character well developed and likable. The narration was very good with just a bit of Italy mixed in so the reader does not forget the story was taking place overseas. If you like legal stories, this one is worth a look. I will likely listen to others in the series.

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    S. Horn Cary, NC, United States 06-27-14
    S. Horn Cary, NC, United States 06-27-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    ""Evidence" means something different, in Italian"

    I confirm what other reviewers have said re: the excellent pacing, tone, character development, and story line of this novel and the spot on perfection of the narration. You are, by now, acquainted with the plot, so I won't bother to repeat the description.

    What I found most astonishing about this book was the concept of evidence in the Italian court system. It is giving nothing away to say that all the "proof" presented in this criminal procedural is circumstantial in the purest sense of the word, and yet it is considered to be totally sufficient for conviction, not just by the prosecutors but also by our protagonist, the defense attorney. "Evidence" that would barely rise to the level of coincidence in a US investigation is enough to send a plaintiff to prison for life, in Italy. Given that the author knows whereof he speaks, I found this to be totally alien and absolutely chilling. It may happen here, but you tell me, after reading this book, if you see no difference between what the US and Italy consider to be sufficient proof in a court of law. For me, this dissonance lent a tension and sense of uneasiness, paranoia, and helplessness to the novel that I more usually associate with horror fiction than with crime novels.

    The writing is excellent. The tone, despite what I've said, is serious but not gloomy, and there is much more going on here than a simple courtroom drama. Entirely worth your time.

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    eva 05-24-14
    eva 05-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Golden Nugget of a Book!"

    What a gem! Didn't think I'd like this book as much as I did. Interesting character development. Definitely plan to continue the series.

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    Karen Lugoff, SC, United States 05-20-14
    Karen Lugoff, SC, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a readaholic! I will read anything - cereal boxes, etc. if there is nothing available. I have a long drive to work and back and listen to books every day.

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    "Good story, confusing book"

    The story was really good, but too much else went on in this book for me.

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    sam Dardanelle, AR, United States 05-17-14
    sam Dardanelle, AR, United States 05-17-14 Member Since 2008
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    "great book, wrong narrator"

    The book is unusually well written and fresh. My only problem is that the narrator, Sean Barrett, seems miscast. He sounds too old and too self-conscious; he'd make a fine Richard III, but not Guido Guerrieri. Perhaps I'll just read the rest of the series w/o listening.

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    Tracy Canada 05-15-14
    Tracy Canada 05-15-14 Member Since 2016

    A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!

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    "Feeling Cheated"

    This story was not what I expected, I suppose, and so I feel cheated because it did not have the resolution of a real mystery or suspense novel. I don't want to give any spoilers but, well, unlike other legal thrillers, this one does not provide an investigation and capture of the real criminal....

    This book was good in other ways, though. First, it provides a look into the Italian judicial system, which is especially interesting now in light of the Amanda Knox case. It's a system that seems bizarre to North Americans, I am sure.

    Second, and best, was the narration. Sean Barrett (the narrator) did an amazing job conveying the personality of the novel's protagonist and narrator, the lawyer, Guido. He also was amazing at capturing different voices throughout the novel, and especially good at the Senegalese accent of the accused.

    So, it wasn't an awful book, but I felt very cheated without a proper solving of the case. The story is really just about Guido coming to terms with his life situation, dragging himself back into life, taking on a very challenging case, and defending his client.

    I bought this book as a Deal of the Day, so I don't feel too peeved. But I would have been very annoyed, indeed, if I had used a credit or paid more than $3 for it!

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    J East Haddam, CT, United States 05-10-14
    J East Haddam, CT, United States 05-10-14

    I'm a narrator for Audible and a lover of recorded fiction in the mystery/thriller genre. A great book needs a great narrator.

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    "AMAZING!!"
    Where does Involuntary Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far #1 Sean Barrett's narration was a work of art. His diction, pacing, pronunciations et al were wonderful.He did have a good story to work with but he made it sing for this listener. I very much enjoyed the descriptions of Italian jurisprudence and Sean's sophisticated manner, BRAVO!!


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

    Yes, the flash-backs were small stories of their own each with an intriguing soryline.


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

    Without a doubt it was the protagonist, Guido Guerrieri.


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

    It did both but probably more of the former.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very sophisticated legal thriller with a thoroughly engageing main character, hope to hear Sean Barrett perform Guido in future books.

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    Mary Scotia, NY, United States 05-09-14
    Mary Scotia, NY, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2004
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    "What was it about?"

    I'm amazed that I listened to the whole thing. The only reason I stuck with it is because I kept thinking there had to be some kind of stunning plot twist coming up. But no, it just plodded along, wandering from the lawyer's pathetic personal life to the scarcely developed criminal case. The trial was unbelievable. The characters lacked any dimension. The narrator had a pleasant enough voice but it tended to lull me to sleep. I bought the title because it was a Daily Deal and I was out of credits; I don't recommend it.

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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 05-09-14
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2014

    I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

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    "I really enjoyed this book!"

    This was originally written in Italian and translated to English. It is a Grishamesq type of book, but Italian style. It was very interesting to listen to the way the courts work in another country. It was a very good book and I would definitely buy another book with this author and narrator.

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