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Temporary Perfections: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 4 | [Gianrico Carofiglio]

Temporary Perfections: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 4

Manuela, the daughter of a wealthy couple from Bari, disappeared without trace months before and the police have closed their investigation, to the parents' despair. Counsellor Guerrieri reluctantly takes on an unusual assignment: to seek new evidence to force the police to reopen the case. A job more suitable to a private detective but a job that leads him to Nadia, a former client, a fascinating woman with an ambiguous past and to the tempting Caterina, Manuela's best friend, exquisitely too young for the jaded Guerrieri...
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Manuela, the daughter of a wealthy couple from Bari, disappeared without trace months before and the police have closed their investigation, to the parents' despair. Counsellor Guerrieri reluctantly takes on an unusual assignment: to seek new evidence to force the police to reopen the case. A job more suitable to a private detective but a job that leads him to Nadia, a former client, a fascinating woman with an ambiguous past and to the tempting Caterina, Manuela's best friend, exquisitely too young for the jaded Guerrieri...

©2012 Gianrico Carifiglio (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 07-06-15
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Ciao, Guido - Last Book of the Series"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this Italian legal mystery series. Yet, I would only recommend this 4 book series to listeners that love character driven stories. Because I love the character, Guido Guerrieri so much, I enjoy the numerous back stories and long dialogues. The first three books were explorations into the legal system of Italy. Guerrieri takes on impossible cases and resolves them intellectually and with lots of work.

    This final installment is not a legal story as Guerrieri has been hired by a fellow attorney on behalf of his wealthy clients to solve the year-long disappearance of their daughter, Manuela. The mystery is not hard to solve, but I didn't care because I got to know Guerrieri even better. These stories contain so much warmth and humor.

    Sean Barrett is the narrator throughout this series and does an excellent job. I hope there will soon be another book as the ending felt like this story could go on and on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J East Haddam, CT, United States 06-11-14
    J East Haddam, CT, United States 06-11-14

    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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    "Carofiglio & Barrett do it again!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Temporary Perfections: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 4 to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What other book might you compare Temporary Perfections: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 4 to and why?

    Book 1, 2 & 3 They're all excellent, Carofiglio and Barrett are perfectly paired .


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    He's a master narrator, one of the best I've listened to!


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

    Yes, couldn't do that but did manage to finish in one week.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of this series, hope Carofiglio writes book-5 and Barrett records it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Miami, Fl, United States 06-08-15
    Tony Miami, Fl, United States 06-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great series with a wonderful narrator!"

    This whole series is excellent. I wish Carofiglio would write faster! The Italian court system provides an interesting and unusual backdrop compared to the typical legal mystery. The translation is excellent and you never feel that you are reading something that wasn't intended to be in English. And I love this narrator. The main character is flawed in ways that make you care about him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory MD 05-27-15
    Gregory MD 05-27-15 Member Since 2013

    Keep your mind active.

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    "A lawyer that you can like"

    Temporary Perfections is the 4th book in the Guido Guerrieri Series by Gianrico Carofiglio. Guido is a criminal lawyer in Bari Italy. Bari is a coastal town on the Adriatic coast and it is really beautiful if you ever get a chance to travel there. I have listened to each of the books in the series and have come too really like Guido. He has his flaws, he is getting older, and these books are not action novels, but books about a man who cares about the law, about doing the right thing, and about his friends. He has a great sense of humor and sarcasm, and chooses to not take himself too seriously. If you enjoy legal books like those written by John Grisham, but would like a European flavor, consider this series. Gianrico Carafiglio brings to life living in Italy, the Italian criminal courts and the humanity of a decent man trying to do his best. I would recommend starting with the first book in the series, Involuntary Witness. This is the last book that has been translated to English but I am hoping that I casi dell'avvocato Guerrieri will come soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia pacific palisades, CA, United States 05-25-15
    Julia pacific palisades, CA, United States 05-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great storyteller"

    Sean Barrett is a great reader bringing compassion to the characters that the author, Guerrieri creates. This story has a weaker storyline than the others but the unrelated tales interwoven within deepen the interest of the listener. We enjoyed this story and hope the author beings us another soon.

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    Julia 02-07-15
    Julia 02-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautifully written."

    Beautifully written. Concentrates more on the character's personal story than on the mystery. I recommend this book as a relaxing listen. Great reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    teelyn 02-05-15
    teelyn 02-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Temptation meets the mid age Italian male profession"
    Would you listen to Temporary Perfections: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 4 again? Why?

    The narrator captures the essence of the Italian male attorney and the writing is flawless, with complexity of the lead character so yes! It's easy to listen to again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Endlessly self reflective, the lead character feels tempted, knows he isn't always moral and gives in and never pretends he is moral. I find that interesting and rare.


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

    The level of awareness the lead character has about himself is really unusual. It's a terrific inside look at this man who is stunningly human, and complex.. Sean Barrett is bringing something rare and interesting to story plus there is always some sort of mystery and also the Italian court. I feel I have been to Italy and bored outside of the courtroom waiting ..


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

    I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book and I loved that. I like this book because it's easy to listen to and I didn't get sad .. I was amused and several points but in an easy calmly entertained way


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    max 01-29-15
    max 01-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An intelligent read"

    An intelligent mystery where the idea and dialogue are the most interesting
    The murder easily takes a baCk seat to the introspective philosophizing
    Holds interest
    And is a fun listen
    I can recommend with pleasure

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Earnest 12-03-13
    Earnest 12-03-13
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    "Plodding and more plodding with added self doubt."
    What disappointed you about Temporary Perfections: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 4?

    Here is an intelligent, sensitive person who could have cast such well informed light on a legal system not unlike most others. But instead we are dragged, slowly, through what is a tragic incident in the most banal, tortuous side stepping style. In an almost embarrassing series of terribly obvious not back stories, the minuscule, ultra thin story is conflated until the reader just begs for the main story to end.
    The seriously morose and incredible not investigator investigates his way, dumbly, through colourful landscapes. His behaviour including his memories and conversations have by this stage become soul destroyingingly repetitive and predictable.
    The character keeps insisting he doesn't like being a lawyer and has little idea why he is still one and one intuit so that he doesn't much like being a writer either so it is not surprising to learn that the author has now in fact tried out being a politician.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gianrico Carofiglio again?

    No. I foolishly bought two at once and now regret this.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    The listener can almost see Sean Barrett steel himself for another hour of reading this lightweight example of a story in the soundproof booth. He deals evenhandedly with all characterisations without resorting to excess..not that any latitude has been granted in the writing. To think of the virtuoso performances this actor is capable of and the range of his abilities being so underused is quite mortifying.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Temporary Perfections: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 4?

    The basic problem is that the author's editor should have recommended that the novelist work harder on his main story thread. Although procedural issues are of interest, there is little of substance to help make the resolution at all satisfying. The author hits his mark most when he gets close to scenes of relationship developments..but then he pulls away so no specific target is achieved. Perhaps this genre is not in fact for him even though his real life credentials are clearly excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    It is laudable that attempts continue to be made in translating foreign author's works. Diversity of sources is highly sought after by many listeners. Please cast the net wider and more attune to wider world opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tonydinardo@earthlink.net Upland Ca.lifornia 12-21-14
    tonydinardo@earthlink.net Upland Ca.lifornia 12-21-14 Member Since 2013

    older listener -- enjoys books rather than california traffic. enjoys running while listening -- or is it the other way around?

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    "too slow and too much personal stuff"
    What disappointed you about Temporary Perfections: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 4?

    too slow... the story seems to center on the missing of a girl but the main character gets involved with two peripheral women and the story bogs down such a pace that the tortoise wins every single race


    What was most disappointing about Gianrico Carofiglio’s story?

    Get on withthe missing girl part ... yes, i know that Guido is sexually deprived but for gods sake sleep with someone and tell us the main story.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    he has done a grand job -- how did he survive the text?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment after listening to the prior three novels which were superior


    Any additional comments?

    nope

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    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Guido Guerrieri"

    I continue to be entranced by Guido Guerrieri, Carofiglio's ever-so-slighty cynical Bari lawyer who has moved into becoming a bit of an amateur sleuth. Guerrieri's internal world, as he struggles to make sense of his activities, provides an intriguing view into the thoughts and feelings of a man in his 40s who has made something of a mess of his personal life, while enjoying some professional success.

    Sean Barrett is a wonderful narrator, and I long for the next Guerrieri. Well done Carofiglio!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    5/31/15
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    "Great series"

    I love Guido! He's such a messed up character it adds to the story. I have listened to the whole series and loved every one - probably because Sean Barrett does such an excellent job as usual with the narration.

    These make a pleasant change from my normal suspense gory thrillers, are more courtroom drama but to add to that this time Guido plays detective. Great story but possibly wouldn't as good be without Sean Barrett.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
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    "Just slightly deviated from the golden path"

    The author has gone slightly off track in this 4th book of a tremendous series. Whereas Guido's asides about his past and his flaws added a warm personal touch to the clever courtroom arguments, this book is so full of musings that in places they detract from the story altogether. Indeed Guido's humiliation on his trip to Rome was incredibly aggrevating and seemed somewhat out of character to me. If this sounds harsh it is only because I hope that Gianrico Carofiglio's agents do get to read some of his reader reviews and will firmly guide him back on the straight and narrow. If you have been following this series do get this book to keep yourself up to date - it's not so poor that you won't enjoy it. However, like me, I think you will hope book 5 gets back to stronger stuff and Guido's very special way of seeing new threads in the evidence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    4/30/14
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    "Enjoyable"

    My first taste of this writer, I found the story very good, but a little odd at times, giving obscure details unnecessarily. I enjoyed it in the most part, the main character was pleasant enough - though a bit daft/soft on occasions. Interesting setting and worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom
    3/16/13
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    "Boring"

    Not for me.....I found the book rather tedious .....it just seemed to go nowhere and there was far too much blathering on about stuff that had nothing to do with the plot. Suddenly you are at the end of the book and that's it!! Sean Barrett as ever narrates it beautifully ...unfortunately even his silky voice didn't help the very weak plot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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