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Ratking: Aurelio Zen, Book 1 | [Michael Dibdin]

Ratking: Aurelio Zen, Book 1

A powerful industrialist, Ruggiero Miletti, is kidnapped. Inspector Zen is transferred to Perugia to take over the case - but finds that there are many obstacles in his way. The local authorities see him as an interloper, and the victim’s family, one of the most powerful in Italy, seem content to let Miletti languish in the hands of his abductors. Zen has crossed swords with the establishment before - and lost. Can he succeed this time?
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A powerful industrialist, Ruggiero Miletti, is kidnapped. Inspector Zen is transferred to Perugia to take over the case - but finds that there are many obstacles in his way. The local authorities see him as an interloper, and the victim’s family, one of the most powerful in Italy, seem content to let Miletti languish in the hands of his abductors. Zen has crossed swords with the establishment before - and lost. Can he succeed this time?

©1988 Michael Dibdin (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

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    Gregory Aurand San Diego 12-15-13
    Gregory Aurand San Diego 12-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator spoiled it for me"

    I was really looking forward to getting into the Aurelio Zen series, but after a couple of hours I couldn't stand to listen Michael Kitchen any longer. The reading pace was too fast for me, and there was an arrogant or simply disengaged edge to his reading quality. I'm surprised at all the positive rating for the audiobook. If you aren't irritated by the narration, this seems like an interesting story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Wilmington, NC, United States 04-27-14
    Janet Wilmington, NC, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2012

    Divorce attorney needing a break from reality!

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    "Main character let me down...."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have made Aurelio Zen more of a champion and hero. I did not understand him nor his thoughts and his reasoning sometimes escaped me completely. I wanted to like him more, but often ended up feeling like he was a bit of a lost soul/loser.


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

    The narrator was very good and paced the story well. His voices had tons of character and helped me keep each individual in the story separated in my head, which can be a difficult task in an audible book with many characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The mystery existed and until the end, I could not figure it out (which I do like in a mystery novel). However, the main character was not likeable enough for me and although he came through in the end with the answers like all good mystery books, I did not like him anymore at the end then I did as I went through the book. Well written though if you like the silent, remorseful, no longer ambitious type of man.

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    Michael Sydney, Australia 12-06-13
    Michael Sydney, Australia 12-06-13 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Michael Kitchen is quite good."

    Expecting Chief Inspector Foyle from Foyle's War TV show I was pleasantly surprised at Michael Ktichen's versatility. He is really quite good. The story is a little confusing in parts but what murder mystery isn't? Aurelia Zen takes a little time to warm to but by the end of the book, he is like an old friend that you love to see. The writing of Michael Dibdin is nice and refreshing. I hope the complete series comes out and it would be nice if Michael Kitchen does the honours. A good book, a good listen, a good piece of work. Worth the listen to, especially late at night whilst you are driving home with nothing to bother you like traffic or your passenger wanting to 'talk'.

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    "Idiosyncratic Narration"

    Glad I persevered with this one! Within minutes of starting this audiobook I was convinced that I was going to have to return it. The idiosyncratic narration got between me and the story; the reader affects a 'reading a list' type diction combined with a world weariness that actually made it hard to follow at times.

    That said, I did persevere and once I got into the book I saw that it actually fitted the persona of Zen rather well. The story of a kidnapped industrialist and the dirty family secrets which are brought to light in the process plays well against Zen's personal life (sidelined professionally, unlucky in love) and I grew to appreciate the sly humour and cynicism. I will be working my way through the series.

    Overall very entertaining if you can persevere with the narrator.

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    "A good story but the performance was distracting"

    A very good story with enough twists and turns to entertain. I however find Michael Kitchen's narrative style distracting. He seems to slowly stress odd W-O-R-D-S in sentences which I find irritating. This may work on TV or stage for dramatic effect when accompanied by facial expressions or gestures, but which I personally find adds nothing to a book reading.

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