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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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    Chiangmai Mike 02-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A wonderful find."

    For those of you who enjoy courtroom mysteries, this series is a great addition. Set in Italy, with a finely-drawn, genuinely witty lawyer protagonist, the novels give you a look into a different legal system and characters who are intriguing, combined with interesting plots. The narrator is perfect for these books. I am in the middle of listening to this novel a second time and enjoying it every bit as much as the first.

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    Jan K Massachusetts, USA 02-13-15
    Jan K Massachusetts, USA 02-13-15 Member Since 2014

    Jan K

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    "Not what I expected"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story didn't match the online description; blow-by-blow details of the main character were not necessary. As it is, I found it boring -- and hard to remember what the true story line was all about.


    What could Gianrico Carofiglio have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Give us a novel with a great legal story line.


    What three words best describe Sean Barrett’s performance?

    The voice seemed to belong to someone much older than the character -- since it was written in the first person, it was a bad fit for this narrator, even though the vocal quality was good.


    What character would you cut from Involuntary Witness?

    I would avoid mentioning all the problems that the main character has - such as alcohol abuse... not essential to the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    I started listening to this book much too late --- I would have returned it....

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    JFCincy 02-13-15
    JFCincy 02-13-15
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    "Wrong narrator for this book"
    Would you try another book from Gianrico Carofiglio and/or Sean Barrett?

    Maybe


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

    Anticlimatic


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator has a beautiful voice and sounds like an established Oxford don. Unfortunately, the character was a 35 year-old, burnt-out attorney with a wry sense of humor. The book needed a younger, edgier narrator to add a little spice and "verisimilitude" (a word that plays a large part in the end--but this not a spoiler) to the storyline.


    Do you think Involuntary Witness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If the main character has another good case (this one was not particular interesting and had no plot twists or turns) it might be more interesting. The writing is wonderful and I hope the author does publish another book with a more interesting plot.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is for that sub-genre reader who loves a well-turned sentence and will continue listening even if the plot is not particularly interesting.

    Another narrator could make this book come alive. I hope a narrator that matches the character is considered if there is another book in this series.

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    Carl A Balsillie SANTA ROSA, CA, US 02-10-15
    Carl A Balsillie SANTA ROSA, CA, US 02-10-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Read by the winter fireplace"

    First time to read this author. I love protagonists with believable character flaws. I look forward to reading more of Giancarlo's writing.

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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 07-31-14
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Character Study"

    This is the first novel in a fiction crime mystery series about an attorney, Guido Guerrieri, in Italy. It is written by Gianrico Carofiglio, a real criminal lawyer, and narrated by Sean Barrett.

    The story mainly focuses on the attorney and the difficult time he is currently going through with depression and anxiety and separation from his wife. The book was very well written, it was interesting and different, plus the narrator was very, very good. I doubt, however, that I will continue on the attorney’s journey. There are currently 3 other books in the series.

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    jessica LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 07-21-14
    jessica LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "snooze"
    What would have made Involuntary Witness better?

    the crux of the entire story was just really very lackluster. the characters were boring and it was just not exactly a page turner. i listened to this book while driving and it nearly put me to sleep on the road.


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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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    S. Horn Cary, NC, United States 06-27-14
    S. Horn Cary, NC, United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2016

    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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