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Publisher's Summary

Mystery lovers everywhere are addicted to Donna Leon's ever-honorable Commissario Guido Brunetti and her portrayal of Venice's beautiful but sinister byways and canals.

In Willful Behavior, Brunetti is approached for a favor by one of his wife's students. Intelligent and serious, Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather. Brunetti thinks little of it - until Claudia is found dead. Soon, another corpse and an extraordinary art collection lead Brunetti to long-buried secrets of Nazi collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews - secrets few in Italy want revealed.

Death in Venice: investigate more of Guido Brunetti's cases.
©2002 Donna Leon and Diogenes Berlag AG Zurich (P)2011 AudioGO

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Pronunciation

Can't miss a Brunetti mystery but, my goodness, a narrator who can't pronounce "Chiara"!? Where else is he leading us astray? And where were the editors?

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A terrible change of narrator

Having listened to David Colacci's readings of Donna Leon's books for these many years it was certainly jarring to listen to Steven Crossley. For me, David Colacci IS and WILL ALWAYS BE the voice of Guido Brunetti. Steven Crossley is a fine narrator but with his extreme British accent, he is totally miscast as a replacement (for whatever unfathomable reason) for Senore Colacci. And whoever allowed him to mispronounce the name of Brunetti's daughter ought to be fired or shot immediately. Everyone responsible for this production should be ashamed of themselves. After you get past the production flaws the books wasn't bad.

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Miscast Narrator

Stephen Crossley has been a great narrator of other books, but is totally miscast in this Italian venue. Where is David Colacci when we need him?! Story is typically cynical Donna Leon--but interesting, nonetheless.

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Leon Audio Fans Beware!!

Prior titles in this series were read by David Colacci. Steven Crossley is a good reader, but not for this series. Strongly suggest listening to the sample before purchasing.

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Where is David Colacci?

Where does Willful Behavior rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

As Always the portrait of Venice and Brunetti are vivid and reflective. The story line is interesting and recalls a chapter of history which, still impacts us today. However, I was distracted by the upper class English accent of Mr. Crossley,which, has such a different pitch and timber from Italian.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Guido. He is intelligent, empathetic, introspective. His practicality is always tempered with a deep understanding of people and Italy. It is as though he ubderstands that it is sometimes imperfection that makes life interesting.

Did Steven Crossley do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Mr. Crossley is a fine reader, however, his very

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

No tears or laughter.

Any additional comments?

Donna Leon is one of my favorite authors so i always look forward to her audio books.

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Very disappointed

What would have made Willful Behavior better?

The original reader

Who was your favorite character and why?

All characters seemed different because the reader was not the one from all the previous books. I did not recognize any of the characters that I loved in previous books.

What didn’t you like about Steven Crossley’s performance?

Sounded British

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

What happened to the reader from all the previous Donna Leone books?

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ruined by narrator

What did you like best about Willful Behavior? What did you like least?

Love this series but just could not listen to this narrator...agree with others...CHEE.ah.ra...REALLY? And both Paola and the Count were unlistenable , the children whiny. I will read the print version and then return to audible when the true voice of Leon's series returns.

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Painful to listen to as the performer was not a goo choice for a book in this series. Made me cringe.

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Italy with a British accent

Italian setting, characters and culture. With a British accent?! Narrator good — just a poor match. Doesn’t convey the nuances of previous stories with distractions of mispronunciations etc.

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The worst narration ever!!!!!

I love Donna Leon and her characters and usually look forward to listening to David Colacci bring the characters to life but this was painful to listen to. If it had been my first audiobook It would have also been my last. None of the beauty of Leon's writing is communicated in this narration and the characters are flat and cartoonish. It was a huge disappointment.

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