Spunky, young lawyer Mary DeNunzio becomes passionately entwined in a dusty, old estate settlement involving an Italian-American immigrant who comes to life in Mary's imagination. When an associate is murdered, Mary is convinced it's related to her case and pursues the truth against all odds. Barbara Rosenblat deftly delivers many colorful secondary characters. Her treatment of older people is especially sensitive and credible. She presents the heroine with an almost neutral voice, underplaying Mary's South Philadelphia identity. An interview with the author at the end of the recording provides entertaining insight, especially on the topic of Italian-Americans interned during WWII.
©2004 Lisa Scottoline; (P)2004 Recorded Books, Inc. and ©2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Scottoline skillfully weaves a complicated, gripping, and fast-paced tale, at turns comical, nerve-wracking, and enlightening." (Publishers Weekly)
Don't you just love a great story well told?
I didn't know either. Scottoline has clearly done her homework when she takes the case described in the book reviews. Most never knew that all the Axis naturalized Americans (many with sons serving in the war for America!) that Italians and Germans were ALSO put into camps (and as a Scottoline character might say, "..and I paid attention in American History. I even got a good grade!". The "Americans" who made that paranoid decision were the same who did so again after Pearl Harbor. The Japanese got the worst of it probably due to politics. The pop-up plot summary does a concise job so no need to repeat it here or. About negative comments on Rosenblat's narration. First, .. so not EVERY single last teensy mouth sound has been edited out. Sheesh. It is only because we are listening carefully through some device that some reviewers make such a fuss! Her reading style so perfectly matches the writer's style that I can't imagine anyone else as the reader. Reading should sound like real talking, well, and.. thinking. Those reviewers make much ado about almost nothing (Yes, there are many other books with perfectly edited out mouth sounds.) But the whiners really exaggerate as you can tell by their level of outrage and their outrageous analogies. Also I don't understand those who want "deadpan" reading. I prefer emotional intensity. Rosenblat is never "over the top" considering the dramatic plot developments and many comic thoughts. Just expect lots of twists and turns and Scottoline's trademark humor. My ONLY complaint (and this IS trite) is that the title is just catchy but hardly relevant to the plot. I'm finding any Scottoline book audio book to be worth the credit for pure entertainment.
I have to defend my very favorite audio reader of all time, after reading the awful reviews of 'Killer Smile.' Perhaps the producer did fall down on the job here, but I would implore listeners to try Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series read by Rosenblat; I usually select my audible monthly choices from Rosenblat's performances. I think she has the most incredible facility with voices and accents I have ever heard...and as a performer myself, I am a great admirer of her craft!
I've never read Scottoline before but I was impressed. The book was exciting and full of tidbits of humor. I plan to listen to it again now that I know the ending!
A good book but ruined by the narrator because of her constant smacking and watery mouth. I could have taken her inflection and interpretation of the characters, but with the smacking it made it even more grating. I heard the author interviewed and really looked forward to this book. I wish I had read this one instead of downloading.
I have enjoyed Rosenblat's narration of other Scottoline books, but either she was chewing gum or crinkling cellophane while reading this one! I suspect it is the producer who fell down on the job, but in any case, this is not an audio I would ever recommend!
Since the pickings have been slim, and I had been awaiting this book's release to Audible, I was very excited to download this title. I cannot say I was disappointed, but I also cannot say I was satisfied. I will say, however, that in hindsight, I would have waited & picked another title. I give this book a three-star rating. It doesn't hold a candle to Scottoline's previous work.
After listening to this audio book for a few hours, I'd wished I hadn't opted for the better quality audio format. The narrator made various annoying noises with her mouth throughout the read. Between her heavy breathing and her smacking I couldn't concentrate on the piece. She just wasn't a good pick for this piece.
Mary DiNunzio has hit a dead end on a case she's working on involving an Italian American sent to an internment camp during World War II. It's a pro bono case, and everyone involved is either dead or failing.
So why is the previous lawyer on the case dead? And why is she being followed, robbed, and scared? Soon Mary realizes that someone is quite serious about making the past stay buried, along with the truth.
Barbara Rosenblat reads this with real character, and the pacing is excellent. The history of how Italian Americans were treated during World War II in the United States also comes to life, and Mary's character continues to grow and remains a favorite of mine.
I've always been a fan of Scottoline's fiction and this new book was as good as the rest, perhaps better since it was unabridged, unlike earlier works previously available on Audible (hey, Audible, where DID they go??).
The fast-paced plot kept me interested and there were plenty of humorous touches to provide comic relief.
Unlike another reviewer, I thought the narrator was nearly perfect at capturing the personality quirks of the heroine, Mary D'Nunzio.
Speaking of eccentricity, there WERE a few times when the stunts Mary pulled required me to suspend my disbelief--surely no real attorney would think to do some of the things she does to solve her case. But the book was so much fun, these qualms passed rapidly as I got plunged into yet another disaster-in-the making.
I'm looking forward to more Rosato and Associates novels in the future.
This is a fun and interesting mystery. The star of this book is the absolutely brilliant reading by Barbara Rosenblatt. I have listened to some other of her readings, and this one is the best. A good author read by a great reader is the best combination!
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