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On a beautiful spring morning on the island of Pellestrina, south of the Lido on the Venetian lagoon, a small fishing boat moored at the docks suddenly explodes. When it becomes clear that the fire was deliberately set and the boat’s owners brutally murdered, Commissario Brunetti tries to dig up information from Pellestrina’s close-knit - and closemouthed - citizenry. But it is with mixed feelings that he accepts Signorina Elettra’s offer to visit her relatives there and search for clues. Though loyal to his beloved wife Paola, he has to admit that less-than-platonic emotions underlie his concern for his boss’s spirited secretary.

Death in Venice: investigate more of Guido Brunetti's cases.
©2001 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag AG, Zurich. All rights reserved. (P)2011 AudioGO

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  • Jocelyn
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 11-29-11

Classic Mystery

Donna Leon never disappoints, Guido Brunetti and his team are back for another case of murder. It is a well constructed murder mystery and this time we see Senorina Ellectra in action. The only disappointment for me was that I missed spending time with the Brunetti family. Other titles by Donna Leon have more of this. I love the family scenes over lunch and dinner.

David Colacci does an excellent job, as usual.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • 03-16-15

A sea of Troubles

This Donna Leon book was a great book to listen too! The narrator did a great job. The ending was exciting and the story line did not disappoint the listener.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fell apart at the end...

Would you try another book from Donna Leon and/or David Colacci?

Yes, this is the sixth that I've read/listened to and I've really enjoyed all the others.

Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Leon again?

Yes.

What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

I find he is very good at evoking the Italian imagery and characters with his voice and pronunciation. (Bear in mind I'm not Italian and wouldn't know if it authentic or not; but sounds so to me.)

Do you think A Sea of Troubles needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I know there are many book in this series so I will continue to enjoy it, but if this were the first book I read I would not read any more. It started off very entertaining and near the end got weak and finally, didn't seem to make sense.

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  • Lawrence
  • Greensboro, NC, United States
  • 01-11-12

Fun, Servicable Brunetti Mystery

I agree with the reviewer who found Electra's loss of composure out of character. I must strongly disagree with the reviewer who preferred the Crossley narration of another Leon novel. Narrators, like actors, must be cast with great care. A miscalculation can ruin the performance. Such is the case with Leon's Brunetti novels. Colacci's command of the accent and the voice he gives to the recurring characters is brilliant.

Steven Crossley is a fine performer. His narrations of Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog and, appropriately, Jerome's Three Men in a Boat were inspired. However, there is no sense of the Venetian setting in Crossley's narration of Willful Behavior and the mispronunciations (see prior reviews) are a bit ear-grating to listeners of this series. These problems may be down to the direction. However that may be, this listener is of the strong opinion that Colacci is the (far) more preferable narrator for the Brunetti series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not up to Leon's usual

I have always enjoyed Donna Leon's books, but this is short on plot, and an unsuccessful attempt at suspense and sex.

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Colacci brings real life to Leon.

Italian culture and humorous insight are always the highlight of Donna Leon's stories and Colacci brings them to life.

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  • 05-28-12

Couldn't stop listening

If you could sum up A Sea of Troubles in three words, what would they be?

This book in this series was compelling to me because it has some of the other regular characters involved in the action of the story. Paola and Electra, the two women in Brunetti's life, come into the story and give it the "extra" something that keeps you turning the pages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Sea of Troubles?

The storm and how it played out was gripping.

What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

The narrator always does a great job. I enjoy the interspersed italian. It doesn't sound forced with David Colacci doing it.

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

I found reasons to slip on my ipod every chance I got to finish this book.

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Not the usual fascinating Donna Leon treat

Very slow to develop, this was the only disappointing Donna Leon book I have read, out of about 5 so far.

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Donna Leon Jumps the Shark

Storms, mayhem, murder, drama! Miss Electra falls blindly in love! Donna Leon gets away from her dry ironic style and jumps the shark trying to inject some action drama into the Brunetti series. This story is a real disappointment. If it represents a new direction for the series, I've read my last.

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  • Caroline
  • CHARLES CITY, VA, United States
  • 12-28-11

the narrator surely makes a difference

A few books ago, I had the pleasure of listening, for the first time, to a Donna Leon book --"Willful Behavior". It was great - both the story and the performance by narrator Steven Crossley. I was hooked. I hurriedly downloaded Leon's "A Sea of Trouble" but was very disappointed with the performance of David Colacci. So disappointed, in fact, I could not get through an hour of listening. To me the pace was slow and bumbling . I will seek further Leon books read by Crossley or visit the library for the written text.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful