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Wilful Behaviour

Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Series: Guido Brunetti, Book 11
Length: 9 hrs
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When one of his wife Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it, beyond being intrigued and attracted by the girl's intelligence and moral seriousness. But when she is found murdered, clearly stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo is suddenly no longer simply Paola's student, but Brunetti's case ...

©2002 Donna Leon (P)2012 Random House AudioGO

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  • mary
  • Dublin 6, Ireland
  • 08-13-12

Murdered student's connection to 1940s Venice

Would you consider the audio edition of Wilful Behaviour to be better than the print version?

I would not compare the audio edition to a print one.

What other book might you compare Wilful Behaviour to and why?

I would compare it to other Donna Leon books that I have read or listened to. It does not disappoint and, as in her other Brunetti books, Leon manages to place the crime against a background that is far from the Venice that the tourist perceives - in this case a 1940s war criminal . Whatever the serious and unsavoury issues involved, Leon always allows her readers to follow Brunetti's musings through the calles and campos of the sestieri and end with the perfect meal cooked by his wife.

The narrator is excellent.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene with Brunetti and the amazing Elletra .

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

Yes

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  • Maximilian
  • 12-03-14

Predictable good fun by Leon

Would you listen to Wilful Behaviour again? Why?

Maybe, depends when. A trick is clever really only once. In particular when it comes to crime novels.

What other book might you compare Wilful Behaviour to, and why?

The other Commissario Brunetti novels are somewhat similar, but rather entertaining. Predictable good fun!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Signorina Elettra's moments on the computer are always fun.

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

No, not really

Any additional comments?

Great narrator, unfortunately a certain grasp of Italian might have been useful. 'Tshiara' was particularly painful.

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  • L. McCulloch
  • 07-01-18

Good story, poor performance

I like the Brunetti series because I love Venice and I like to read about the city. This is a good story, looking back to corruption in WW2. Unfortunately, the performer doesn’t have good Italian pronunciation; Guido’s daughter Chiara Is mispronounced “Chee-Ara” instead of “Kee-ara” and San Zaccaria, a well known area, is also mispronounced, among many others.

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  • jesse scott
  • 01-03-17

Story superb, unfortunately the reader cannot pronounce Italian names

It's a pity that the pronunciation - e.g. Chiara within English "ch" - distracts from the excellent writing

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  • Jai K.
  • 06-07-16

Poor narrator

Horrible voice. Horrible attempt to do female characters and makes most men sound like thugs! Spoils it. Bring back David Rintoul!

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  • Walnut
  • 09-22-19

Poor narration detracted from the book

I didn’t enjoy the narration of this book at all and wonder if Steven Crossley has read any other Brunetti books as he seems to have no feeling for the regular characters in his interpretation of their voices. I really feel too that the editor, at least, should have given him an indication (phonetically, on the text perhaps?) of the Italian pronunciation of the names of people and places mentioned. I told myself I was being picky that (among LOTS of other mispronunciations) he always referred to Chiara as ‘Chee-ara’, but it was the final straw when, in Chapter 17, he called La Fenice ‘the Fen-eece’ and, shortly afterwards, mispronounced the ENGLISH word ‘irrelevant’ as ‘irreVeLant’! I stopped listening and read the book instead! A poor delivery and sloppy editing.

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  • Frances
  • 05-23-19

Please check Italian pronunciation!

This excellent story was ruined for me by mispronunciation of even simple Italian words










Once again the reading of an excellent story by Donna Leon was ruined for me by mispronunciation of even simple Italian words and names. Can you urge the publishers to have these recordings checked if they really cannot find a narrator with basic knowledge of Italian's very simple rules? For example, 'chi' is ALWAYS pronounced with a hard c as in 'key', not as in 'cheers'. Wrong stresses in well known place names are irritating and show lack of care, but to mispronounce the common name Chiara is inexcusable.
Such a shame.







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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-29-18

Great story

As always, the story laid out before us by Donna Leon, is both interesting and visually very descriptive, in a believable way. As A reader that has been to Venice 5 times starting in 1980, but not been since 2008, it is almost as if I am being updated, and that is much fun.
On the other hand, being an Italian speaker, I find the interpreter’s mistaken Spanish pronounciation of a main character’s name, and that of several locations, very disturbing and disappointing.

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  • Herbie Skeete
  • 12-15-18

Shardlake or Commissario Brunetti?

I enjoyed Steven Crossley's reading of C. J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake novels.

Hiowever, his reading of Wilful Behaviour grates.

It is not his godawful Italian pronunciation (my wife is from Venice by the way), it is just that I keep hearing Matthew Shardlake, Jack Barak, Ellen Fettiplace and others.

I kept expecting to hear Vianello (Barak) refer to people he didn't like as "arseholes" which of course Vianello would never do.

Very off-putting!

Crossly seemingly has a box of voices which he uses whatever the book.

Stick to Shardlake Mr. Crosskey!

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  • Gen
  • 05-18-17

Food, books and the joy family, oh yes fascinating crime

Really well read, Donna Leon never fails to craft spell binding story but the food and family are a great supporting cast off to download next one

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  • Ian Kelly
  • 08-29-15

Some poor Italian pronunciation

One of the enjoyable aspects of the Audible books is usually the excellent Italian pronunciation by English speaking narrators. In this case however, the hard c’s in the names Chiara and Tabaccaio are pronounced as soft c’s. I found this off-putting as I usually enjoy the Italian language when used in the Donna Leon books.