Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano has garnered millions of fans worldwide with his sardonic take on Sicilian life. With sly wit and a keen understanding of human nature, Montalbano is a detective whose earthiness, compassion, and imagination make him totally irresistible.
Translated by Stephen Sartarelli.
Solve another mystery with Inspector Montalbano.
Text copyright ©1996 Sellerio editore via Siracusa 50 Palermo, translation copyright ©2002 Stephen Sartarelli; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"In Sicily, where people do things as they please, Inspector Montalbano is a bona fide folk hero." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Montalbano's deadpan drollery and sharp observations refresh as much for their honesty as their wit. All he wants is a quiet corner and an uninterrupted afternoon." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A deep evocation of the Sicilian temperament, with all its complex darkness and ambiguity, is embodied in Inspector Salvo Montalbano. Camilleri writes in Sicilian dialect, and his translator has expertly captured the rhythms and nuances of that tongue in English." (Booklist)
Lehua of Pacifica
Another engaging story from Camilleri. This one is better than his first, and not as good as his next. Again, I was distressed that it ended so soon, but that inevitably brought to my mind a wonderful Whoopi Goldberg routine from her early stand-up days.
When a creepy old man tried to woo her into a tumble by promising that old men can last a long time, she paused for a long Whoopi moment.
To paraphrase her question to the audience:
Now why... would I want to read a baaaaaaaaad book... for a LONG TIME?!?
And indeed, I'd rather spend a short time with a book as wonderful as this than a long time with some of the mountainous drivel I've mis-chosen lately.
AUDIO: The same competent and well-fitting narrator, thank goodness.
A good departure from ho-hum mysteries takes you into the life of a police inspector in Sicily picking up clues in a 50 year old homicide case. Other current murders are presented as every-day occurances carried out with Mafia vengance. Hats off to the narrator with the perfect Italian accent for the reading. This one: well worth it.
This is the second of the Inspector Montalbano novels and it is much stronger than the first. You should begin with The Shape of Water, although this book can stand on its own, you will know then get the several internal references in the story much better. If you enjoyed the first novel, you will like this one even better.
As with the first novel, the characters and atmosphere of Sicily are strong. You will feel like you are there, and the narrator, Gardner, does a great job, so this book makes a wonderful commuter companion in the car or on a long trip.
The mystery itself is first-rate, and you must hang on quite a bit through the book before the meaning of the title becomes clear, but it is well worth the wait. Once again Montalbano steals the story though by now you'll be familiar with his motley crew of detectives who bring to light the wonderful sense of humor of the author, Camilleri.
Persons also with an interest in wartime (WWII) era Sicily will also find this story of interest.
Life-long reader, 10 years listening
This is my first Montalbano book, after many recommendations from friends. I'm a huge fan of Grover Gardner's narration, so, while the dialog seems a bit silly and overly dramatic in places, the voice is excellent. The rhythm and style of the dialog are unlike most English-language mysteries, which I have to think is due to the book having been written in Italian and then translated.
The attitudes toward Ingrid's rape by her F-i-l are shocking, but at least Montalbano has an effective solution. And Montalbano isn't fighting active obstruction by his superior officers, as Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti has to do in that series.
I can't give this 4 stars, but it is 3+; I think I'll listen further.
How can one compare The Terra-Cotta Dog to Boomerang...the last book I read? TCD stands alone as a lovely and many faceted story.
Grover Gardner was the first person I ever heard read. (Survive the Savage Sea) His performances are consistantly good.
Wanted to? I did listen to this all in one sitting! My idea of a perfect stormy Saturday is to spend the day knitting and listening to a great book.
I wouldn't call myself a mystery lover and am relatively new to Inspector Montalbano mysteries but I am beginning to understand why he's inspired such a following.
Love the characters and particularly love the reader--he gets the author and the characters! Wonderfully entertaining and fun listen. Recommend to anyone who has a long trip, and guarantee you will want to read more of this author! I did!
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
Enjoyed the story . Plot had many twists. Keeps one guessing. Voice changes helped. Good read.
Probably so - the story and the characters are fun (though a bit tough to keep track of) and I thought the reader could have done a better job of distinguishing when there was a change of scene or speaker
A fun listen - and it's not that long so you can forgive some of the transitions that work better in print than when read.
My dad has been trying to get me to read this author for years. I keep telling him I have a hard time staying engaged with stories that don't have strong female characters, and he assured me that this series was "written by a woman". Which it isn't. And even if it had been, that would not change the fact that there are no strong female characters. Exemplified by his housekeeper, who we almost never see, and who not only cleans but cooks, shops, and mends clothes for him without ever having to have an actual conversation - she just intuits his needs from the way he leaves the house in the morning. Nice. The protagonist is an arrogant narcissist who does nothing but eat, talk on the phone to his cronies, and treat everyone else disrespectfully. I'm not a fan.
The plot was good, though, and the reading was great.
If you like straight detective stories without much character development, and you don't have my particular female character requirements, you will probably like it.
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