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Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1 | [Gianrico Carofiglio]

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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    E. Highland Village, TX, United States 10-01-13
    E. Highland Village, TX, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring, boring, boring!!!!!"
    Would you try another book from Gianrico Carofiglio and/or Sean Barrett?

    I might try one more. But, if it is anything like Involuntary Witness, I'll never listen to him, again.


    What other book might you compare Involuntary Witness to and why?

    I can't think of a book as boring as this. Maybe an audio treat book.


    What aspect of Sean Barrett’s performance would you have changed?

    He was okay. A bit dry. But, he was just reading the boring story. Not his fault.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Involuntary Witness?

    As seen above, I gave the story 3 stars. it had a good premise for a story, but it dragged on and the author had the protagonist droll on and on. It could have been a goo short-story. Because there was a good premise to it, I had to finish the damned thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe an abridged version wouldn't droll on and on and maybe wouldn't be so boring!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beuford Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-24-13
    Beuford Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-24-13
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    "great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, I am telling everybody I know about this book


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I want to get more books by this Author


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    The timing of his delevery its, outsanding


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

    I don't what it to finish


    Any additional comments?

    I am enjoying the books at night as I am going to bed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elbara 08-14-13
    Elbara 08-14-13
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    "Intriguing and Informative"

    New to this author, I found the book absorbing, original and a welcome change from the sadly formulaic mysteries by more local authors that I have sometimes inadvertently purchased. Notable features include (a) well drawn and interesting characters and situations, (b) insight into an Italian legal system quite different from our own (sometimes jarringly so), and (c) a satisfactory resolution without any apparent compulsion to tie up all the loose ends (e.g., whodunit?). A refreshing experience that leaves me eager to read more of the author's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawerence Brooklyn, NY, USA 05-31-13
    Lawerence Brooklyn, NY, USA 05-31-13 Member Since 2004
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    "nicely written and clean but boring"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I got bored listening to the long passages where the point was all too obvious. Author went on too long with details that were familiar and pedestrian. Also, what little excitement that was developed basically fizzled.


    Has Involuntary Witness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it is not the genre. This was like a bad imitation of Lincoln Lawyer set in Italy without enough real Italian flavor or originality.


    Was Involuntary Witness worth the listening time?

    Not for me


    Any additional comments?

    The reader was fine and the writing was good but the material was not interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate+Mitchell Powell 05-01-13

    I listen to audio books while working.

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    "Must Read Legal Mystery"

    The story has psychological depth and a tight plot. Carofiglio has a good understanding of both men and women, ethical dilemmas, and the law. People that like Dona Leon or Rex Stout will love this writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Navan, ON, Canada 10-08-12
    Patti Navan, ON, Canada 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great character, well read"
    What did you love best about Involuntary Witness?

    Interesting insight into the Italian legal system. The writer places you in the scene.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent character development.


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

    The reader adds dimension and emotion to Guido. I feel like I know him now.


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

    I listened enthusiastically and have already purchased the next in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Librarian OK, USA 09-27-12
    Librarian OK, USA 09-27-12

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "Interesting glimpse into an Italian court case."

    Struck me as slow at the beginning, then was more interesting as the court procedural became less like one in the U.S. Because of the narrator I continued listening long enough to begin to appreciate the story. Barrett adds a lot to the enjoyment of the listening experience. Carofiglio is a popular contemporary Italian mystery writer but court procedurals are not my favorites. There is no modern trendy descriptions of gore, sex, or violence (other than the death of the child), just good writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-06-12
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Take an Italian Vaca While You Read"
    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable in every way. I hose this book because of the high ratings it received. After reading I can attest that they are deserved. It did require for me to listen closely to the first half an hour to get into the rythem of the book. The main character is deep and introspective - not usual in these type books. I just enjoyed spending time with him....so much so that I purchased the next in the series because I missed him so. Though I always think I am going to continue on with a series.... it's not usual for me.

    I think I'll name my next pet Avocado.....

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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