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From the author of the New York Times best-selling Inspector Montalbano mystery series come 21 short stories spanning the beloved detective's career.

Inspector Montalbano has charmed readers and listeners in 19 popular novels. In Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories, Andrea Camilleri has selected 21 short stories, written with his trademark wit and humor, that follow Italy's famous detective through highlight cases of his career. From the title story, featuring a young Deputy Montalbano newly assigned to Vigàta, to "Montalbano Says No", in which the inspector makes a late-night call to Camilleri himself to refuse an outlandish case, this volume is an essential addition to any fan's collection and a wonderful way to introduce listeners to the internationally best-selling series.

©1998, 1999, 2002, 2008 Mondadori Libri SpA, Milano. Translation © 2016 by Stephen Sartarelli (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Reba
  • Huntley, IL, United States
  • 12-31-16

THIS BOOK NEEDS TO BE LISTENED TO FIRST!!!

I listened to three books before I realized I should have started with this book. This books tells you who Salvo Montalbano is, where he lived when he first started as an inspector and how he got to Vigata. How he found his present house he lives in by the water, his house keeper/cook. How he met Livia his love, how he loves great cuisine. He seeks out the best food even in some of the smallest places. Montalbano savors his food. You have to listen to this book. Short, sweet and gives you great insight to the rest of the Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri.

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  • Linda
  • Monterey, CA, United States
  • 02-11-18

A great read

Would you listen to Montalbano’s First Case and Other Stories again? Why?

Yes Indeed!!

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

The plot is pleasantly winds around like a road w/lots of hairpin curves.

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Unlike, the previous comments about Mr.Gardner's narration, I enjoyed it. I love the way Mr.Gardner interprets and sets up the scenes. I have no problem w/the accent....that is very minor....the important thing is does he conveys the story? He does!!!! He is a great narrator. have enjoyed all of the books that he had narrated.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the confession of Rosa

Any additional comments?

This is a great find for me, quite by accident too! I was looking for Guillermo Del Toro's Shape of Water, and came up with this book. What a great find!!!!

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very entertaining stories

loved the characters and the tales of human predicaments that require the inspectors attention. very funny. I often found myself laughing.

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Another gem

Another gem from Andrea Camilleri with the usual excellent narration from Grover Gardner. I was sad when it ended.

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Love Montalbano...Narration has problems!

Where does Montalbano’s First Case and Other Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Middle of the road unfortunately

What other book might you compare Montalbano’s First Case and Other Stories to and why?

None at this point

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grover Gardner?

Anyone else...

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This is the problem. I love the TV series Montalbano (and Young Montalbano). Had never read any of the books and was really looking forward to these Audible books. I cringed at times listening. I know the narrator has won some fantastic awards for his abilities but for crying out loud, someone has to explain this to me. Much of the narration is straightforward. Montalbano sounds more Northeastern American......Then all of the sudden some of the characters are portrayed in a stereo typical "I'm-a-not a gonna tell you-a-nuthin".. HUH? Sounds like something from a bad movie. Other times the narrator gave the characters a (little like Desi Arnaz...."You got some splainin to do Lucy";) type speech using splainin rather than explaining and others had almost a Bowery Boy New York accent (for those old enough to remember those movies). Very confused by this. I am used to books from Audible with fantastic dialects...character voices etc. But since these characters are all supposed to be Italian / Sicilian and other parts of Italy...then either use reasonable Italian...or all in "English"... but not crossing between Bowery New York and some Spanish thrown in. This perhaps sound harsh but this interpretation is about the worse I have heard. I am debating whether to listen to the rest of the books because I find the presentation annoying. I had hoped in coming back up to Audible to that someone else had done some narration of other books in this lineup...but nope. Still might try some of the other Montalbano books but perhaps not.

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Well worth listening to.

A very interesting assortment of short stories, with multiple themes. If you like Montalbano, don't miss it!

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  • Peter
  • Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • 11-21-16

A collection indeed

Like all collections a bit spotty. Some good, some excellent, all in their way Montalbano.

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You have to love Montalbano

This is a great selection of short stories involving the Inspector. These stories fill in details about the characters and are thoroughly entertaining