Mystery lovers everywhere are addicted to Donna Leon's ever-honorable Commissario Guido Brunetti and her portrayal of Venice's beautiful but sinister byways and canals.
In Willful Behavior, Brunetti is approached for a favor by one of his wife's students. Intelligent and serious, Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather. Brunetti thinks little of it - until Claudia is found dead. Soon, another corpse and an extraordinary art collection lead Brunetti to long-buried secrets of Nazi collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews - secrets few in Italy want revealed.
Death in Venice: investigate more of Guido Brunetti's cases.
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Prior titles in this series were read by David Colacci. Steven Crossley is a good reader, but not for this series. Strongly suggest listening to the sample before purchasing.
Stephen Crossley has been a great narrator of other books, but is totally miscast in this Italian venue. Where is David Colacci when we need him?! Story is typically cynical Donna Leon--but interesting, nonetheless.
Having listened to David Colacci's readings of Donna Leon's books for these many years it was certainly jarring to listen to Steven Crossley. For me, David Colacci IS and WILL ALWAYS BE the voice of Guido Brunetti. Steven Crossley is a fine narrator but with his extreme British accent, he is totally miscast as a replacement (for whatever unfathomable reason) for Senore Colacci. And whoever allowed him to mispronounce the name of Brunetti's daughter ought to be fired or shot immediately. Everyone responsible for this production should be ashamed of themselves. After you get past the production flaws the books wasn't bad.
As Always the portrait of Venice and Brunetti are vivid and reflective. The story line is interesting and recalls a chapter of history which, still impacts us today. However, I was distracted by the upper class English accent of Mr. Crossley,which, has such a different pitch and timber from Italian.
I love Guido. He is intelligent, empathetic, introspective. His practicality is always tempered with a deep understanding of people and Italy. It is as though he ubderstands that it is sometimes imperfection that makes life interesting.
Mr. Crossley is a fine reader, however, his very
No tears or laughter.
Donna Leon is one of my favorite authors so i always look forward to her audio books.
The original reader
All characters seemed different because the reader was not the one from all the previous books. I did not recognize any of the characters that I loved in previous books.
What happened to the reader from all the previous Donna Leone books?
This was my first Donna Leon book. As always before purchasing an Audible book, I first listen to the narrator and then read the reviews. I saw where there was much criticism for Stenen Crossley's narration. I found both the author and NARRATOR a refreshing and positive listen. I will miss Mr. Crossley's narration in my next Donna Leon book.
C from a Mid-Atlantic state.
As did many other listeners, I had a very difficult time with this narrator. He is not a bad reader - this is simply NOT the series for him. He loses all of the Venetian personality of the story for me. The recurring female characters especially grated on my ear (Signorina Elettra, Paola Brunetti and Chiara Brunetti). Paola's aristocrat father was also way off the mark; to my ear he sounded like a weak, sniveling husk trying to live off the glories of the past (not the man we know from other books in the series).
I will not give complete blame to the narrator though, as I was shocked at one passage that refereed to Signorina Elettra responding "girlishly" - something we have not seem before or since from the sophisticated, elegant assistant.
The story was well developed and we met more colorful characters from Guido's past. The tale of trade in illicit artwork is perfect for the machinations of the rusty and ponderous Italian legal system. There are surprise discoveries and sad realizations. Guido makes mistakes and has to compromise justice - something that always breaks his heart. This book is a good addition to the series.
I, for one, would be happy to buy another copy and listen again if we could have David David Colacci narrate.
As always, the Donna Leon stories are well-crafted with rich characters (except the annoying know-it-all Paola). Crossley's narration is the best. He reads in a lively manner, moves the story along. He's got an elegant English accent and leaves off the fake, ponderous imitation Italian. Too bad he hasn't narrated more of the Leon books.
It was a little slow to start but then it turned into another magnifico story.
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