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Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories

Narrated by: Mark Meadows
Series: Inspector Montalbano, Book 0.5
Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
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Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories is a brilliant collection of short stories, personally chosen by Andrea Camilleri, following Inspector Montalbano from his very first case in Vigàta, in which he stumbles upon a young girl lurking outside a courthouse with a pistol in her handbag. When she is taken in for questioning and won't utter a single word, Montalbano must find another way to learn whom she is trying to kill and why....

Other cases include a missing woman who has run away from the love of her life, an old married couple who appear to be rehearsing their suicides and a crime so dark there's only one person the inspector can call for help.

With twists and turns aplenty, these short stories have all the wit, mystery and culinary gusto that Camilleri's fans have come to love him for.

©2018 Andrea Camilleri (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Jacek.j.mail@gmaul.com

Nice story. Very entertaining and funny. Good to read when you have bad mood. I recommend.

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  • Christopher
  • 09-30-18

Really enjoyed this audiobook.

I was a little unsure when I ordered this book but it was as interesting, if not more, than the TV series.
The use of the different English dialects brought out the humour into a serious plot.
Well done and I would like to hear more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-19

Loved the TV series and love the audible book more

Amazing book great stories and great performance by the reader...ok some of the character accents might be a bit of a concern to some but to me fine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-19

Broadly listenable, but on reflection not great

I lile the idea of it and quickly got a nice sense of place and feel for the fictional world, but some of the stories are quite poor.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-24-19

A good read

Enjoyed this book as always .i think that others will find it an entertaing read.

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  • M. Timothy
  • 03-06-19

Narration is really poor

I loved series shown on BBC 4 but as they no longer show them I thought I could get my fix via the audio books. The narrator keeps going into and bad East London and West County accent, the story is set in Sicily It would have been much better to have a Sicilian or Italian reading in English. The narration really made this a hard listen and I had to skip bits because it was so bad.

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  • P Herdsman
  • 01-11-19

poorly read in cockney accent.

awful to listen to. Never finished it. The narration was tedious, and the cockney accent for the villans and some characters was ridiculous in the context of a Sicilian drama.

I had been really looking forward to this but was utterly disappointed.

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  • Kevin
  • 12-04-18

Very Enjoyable

Mark does a great job of these short stories and if you love Montalbano then you won’t be disappointed!

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  • DR
  • 08-23-18

Accents and manner

I love this stuff. Mark Meadows, well done on playing all those characters and to the guys who produced and directed etc. The Scottish accent was exquisite 😃

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  • Reader
  • 06-22-18

Oh dear, oh dear.......................

This is a good fun book, I read it a while back, but wanted an audiobook copy too, so was pleased to see it offered.

So why the one star?

Well the narrator might be good for all I know, and he does have a fair range of accents. Sadly none of these get within a couple of thousand miles of Sicily or Italy, or for that matter anywhere south of Basingstoke. If you fancy hearing pheasants talking in Norfolk yokel, while discussing their goats getting lost on the mountains. It is all too terrible, really terrible. No I mean this, I really do, it is unremittingly awful.

You might think it might be funny - well have a go, it was for a few minutes. I tried to get through it but no, it is too too terrible.

Thanks for nothing audible, it's going back for return.

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  • EK
  • 04-24-19

Awful Narration<br />

Camilleri writes very easy to listen to stories which is all that saved this book being returned for a refund. The narrator covered up for his apparent inability to produce good Italian accents by using a variety of weird voices, by far the worst of which was the one he chose for Fazio, who did not deserve to sound like a nasal half wit. All the women under 50 got to sound like a man doing a bad impression of a man in drag (breathy come to bed tones alternating with petulant indignation). When he was talking normally it wasn't too bad.

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