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Publisher's Summary

Donna Leon's Death at La Fenice, the first novel in her beloved Commissario Guido Brunetti series, introduced listeners to the glamorous and cutthroat world of opera and one of Italy's finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli - then a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor. Years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to Venice and La Fenice to sing the lead in Tosca.

Brunetti and his wife, Paola, attend an early performance, and Flavia receives a standing ovation. Back in her dressing room, she finds bouquets of yellow roses - too many roses. Every surface of the room is covered with them. An anonymous fan has been showering Flavia with these beautiful gifts in London, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, and now Venice, but she no longer feels flattered.

A few nights later, invited by Brunetti to dine at his in-laws' palazzo, Flavia confesses her alarm at these excessive displays of adoration. And when a talented young Venetian singer who has caught Flavia's attention is savagely attacked, Brunetti begins to think that Flavia's fears are justified in ways neither of them imagined. He must enter in the psyche of an obsessive fan before Flavia, or anyone else, comes to harm.

©2015 Donna Leon (P)2015 Recorded Books

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I just spent a day in Venice

I love so many things about Donna Leon's books. In this book Guido is helping an opera singer Flavia Petrelli-- who is scared by unwanted attention she has received, and then, he tries to find her dangerous stalker. This book is not centered on a murder, so it is less intense than others. To me these books are so much about Guido Brunetti- his appreciation for Venice and his relationships with Paola and Signorina Elettra and his workmates and family. I love the literary allusions. We get to peek into whatever Paola or Guido is reading. I like the mystery and the view of another culture. While I am listening to these books, I am living in Venice- smelling its smells, feeling its weather, traveling its canals, eating its food, understanding some of its history and how it is changing. What could be better? I love to read about a man who loves his family-- and enjoys going home to his wife. And for me, listening to David Colacci is something I could do all day every day.

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  • Carole T.
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 04-22-15

A Night at the Opera

I'm a big fan of Brunetti and Donna Leon, but this book did not seem to me to be at all inspired. The first of Leon's Venetian mysteries was set at La Fenice opera house, and this one is a return of both the location and one of the main characters of that book.

Unfortunately, that is about the only appeal of "Falling in Love." Venice, usually the star of this series, seems a bit tired and not nearly as 'present' as in previous volumes. Brunetti and his family and work colleagues also lack the vitality and wit we're used to.

The plot is slow to develop and not all that interesting. In short, "Falling in Love" is a pale, weakened addition to this series, and I, at least, hope Donna Leon will either find her Venetian muse again or move on to a new, fresher series.

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 06-02-15

Is Commissario Brunetti Losing His Edge?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I like this series and think friends would enjoy it. It isn't bloody and gory like many books these days but the high caliber writing is a big attraction.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way the characters interacted. The singer was older and famous but nervous. Her friend, Frankie, watched out for her but you weren't sure if he was the one stalking her. The entire storyline kept you guessing and in the end all is revealed.

Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I've listened to,all of his performances as Brunetti. He is always superb.

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

Could have listened but it was possible to put it down. It wasn't as riveting as some earlier books by Leon but it was very well written and I hope Brunetti continues to keep Venice safe.

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Dedicated Donna Leon fan

This is one of her best in the series. Fans of the opera, Tosca, will love it.


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brilliant

loved it...listened while shoveling snow and doing chores...time flew by and all the chores are done

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  • Jennifer
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 03-13-16

Simplified plot, lovely atmosphere

Donna Leon's plot in this latest novel is much simplified from the usual complexity of having 3 or 4 simultaneous storylines. This novel involves the stalking of a famous opera star, and the descriptions of the back-stage atmosphere are particularly well done. It's always lovely to be in the company of Brunetti and his family.

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Bene

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

If you've read other Leon books you won't be disapointed

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Shows the story-telling abilities of Leon

What aspect of David Colacci’s performance would you have changed?

Nothing - A fine performance

Do you think Falling in Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Possibly, more insight into Guido's friends

Any additional comments?

It was refreshing to have and strong and intelligent victim

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DI Brunetti -

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but only if earlier Brunetti has been read or listened to as there is a lot of reflective thoughts and comments, humor - subtle but totally in the Brunetti moment - if experienced through earlier works. Waiting for the NEXT one!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Edge of your seat is not Leon's style- nevertheless engrossing.

Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

ALWAYS Brunetti!

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

Lots of inside humor - not out-loud in your face, more from recognition of human truths!

Any additional comments?

CLASSIC Leon!

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  • . Hager
  • CHESTERFIELD, MO, US
  • 07-10-16

Intriguing story

Very entertaining once again from Leon. Love Guido and Donna Leon. The narrator Callachi is also Terri

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  • CG
  • 01-29-16

I l love this series but only like this story

This story left me wanting more. I feel like it ended too abruptly and I still had unanswered questions.