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    • The Temptation of Forgiveness

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 158

    Surprised, if not dismayed, to discover from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, that leaks are emanating from the Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is surprised more consequentially by the appearance of a friend of his wife's, fearful that her son is using drugs and hopeful Brunetti can somehow intervene. When Tullio Gasparini, the woman's husband, is found unconscious and with a serious brain injury at the foot of a Venice bridge at midnight, Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy's behavior. But the truth, as Brunetti has experienced so often, is rarely straightforward.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of her best

    • By Barbara on 04-19-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Quietly in Their Sleep

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Commissario Guido Brunetti comes to the aid of a young nursing sister who has had five patients unexpectedly die and decides to leave her convent. In the course of his inquiries, Brunetti encounters an unusual cast of characters but discovers nothing that seems criminal. Is the nun simply creating a smoke screen to justify abandoning her vocation? Or has she stumbled onto something very real and very sinister - something that places her own life in imminent danger? 

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Death in a Strange Country

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Early one morning Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Police confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid canal. All the clues point to a violent mugging, but for Brunetti the motive of robbery seems altogether too convenient.  

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ah. Vicenza!

    • By Kenneth William Barnes on 07-15-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A Noble Radiance

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    A macabre grave is found at the foot of the Italian Dolomites. The body is found to be Roberto Lorenzoni's, only son and heir of one Venice's oldest, most aristocratic families. Commissario Guido Brunetti must move in the highest circles of power and corruption to unravel the mystery behind the young man's disappearance and murder.

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Acqua Alta

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    In Leon's fifth Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, the beating of renowned art historian Dotoressa Brett Lynch draws the contemporary Venetian police detective out of his warm and loving home and into the yearly onslaught of acqua alta, the torrential winter rains. Brett, an American who spearheaded a recent exhibition of Chinese pottery in Venice, lives with her lover, Flavia Petrelli, the reigning diva of La Scala. With his open mind and good sense, Brunetti finds himself more fazed by Flavia's breathtaking talent than by the nontraditional relationship between the two women. Brunetti's deliberate and humane investigation to uncover a motive for Brett's beating takes him to dark, wet corners of Venice and into a sinister web of art theft, fakery, and base human desires. 

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Earthly Remains

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 328
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 289

    A good man who loves his family and his city, Commissario Guido Brunetti is relentless in his pursuit of truth and some measure of justice. In Earthly Remains, Brunetti's endurance is tested more than ever before. During an interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break, needs to get away from the stifling problems of his work.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hmm... Had To Change 4-Stars Ultimately To 3...

    • By Gillian on 01-31-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Waters of Eternal Youth

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 387
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 347

    Fifteen years ago a teenage girl fell into a canal late at night. Unable to swim, she went under and started to drown, surviving only thanks to a nearby man, an alcoholic, who heard her splashes and pulled her out, though not before she suffered irreparable brain damage that left her in a state of permanent childhood, unable to learn or mature. The drunk man claimed he saw her thrown into the canal by another man, but the following day he couldn't remember a thing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Leon & Colacci - Perfect

    • By Chris on 04-25-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Dressed for Death

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 435
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 333
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 331

    Commissario Guido Brunetti's hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in Marghera--a body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm hooked!

    • By Robert E. Orlando on 08-14-12

    Regular price: $15.36

    • About Face

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107

    The polluted waters of the canals in Venice are an ever-present issue; but environmental concerns become significant in Commissario Guido Brunetti's work when an investigator from the Carabiniere - looking into the illegal hauling of garbage - asks for a favor. But the investigator is not the only one with a special request.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • good but take note

    • By Tom on 12-22-09

    Regular price: $15.36

    • Friends in High Places

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212

    In Friends in High Places, Commissario Guido Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of approval for the construction of Brunetti's apartment years before. What began as a red-tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is later found dead after a mysterious fall from a scaffold. Brunetti starts an investigation that will take him into the unfamiliar and dangerous areas of drug abuse and loan-sharking, and will reveal, once again, what a difference it makes in Venice to have friends in high places.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of her best...

    • By Diana Burton on 02-20-13

    Regular price: $18.17

    • Blood from a Stone

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 223
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 127

    On a cold Venetian night, shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares: fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man had been working as a vu cumpra, one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits. Commissario Brunetti's response is that of everybody involved: why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • genre surprise

    • By connie on 12-11-09

    Regular price: $22.37

    • Death and Judgment

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 326
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 239

    A truck crashes and spills its dangerous cargo on a treacherous road in the Italian Dolomite mountains. Meanwhile, in Santa Lucia, a prominent international lawyer is found dead aboard an intercity train. Suspecting a connection between the two tragedies, Commissario Guido Brunetti digs deep for an answer, stumbling upon a seedy Venetian bar that holds the key to a crime network that reaches far beyond the laguna.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Escape to Northern Italy if you dare...

    • By Anne on 01-29-10

    Regular price: $15.36

    • Drawing Conclusions

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 152

    Late one night, Commissario Guido Brunetti's telefonino rings. A woman's body has been found in a Spartan apartment on Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio. Brunetti sees some signs of force on the old woman, but they could just as easily have been from the radiator near where she fell. When the medical examiner rules that the woman died of a heart attack, it seems there is nothing to investigate.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Worth a listen, but

    • By Kathleen Rogers on 06-18-11

    Regular price: $18.17

    • The Temptation of Forgiveness

    • Commissario Brunetti, Book 27
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Sibley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon, read by David Sibley. When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife's, who is fearful that her son is using drugs. A few weeks later, Tullio Gasparini, the woman's husband, is found unconscious with a serious head injury at the foot of a bridge, and Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy’s behaviour. But the truth is not straightforward.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • The Jewels of Paradise

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 91

    Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A "mystery" of a different sort, . .

    • By Ruth on 10-14-12

    Regular price: $18.17

    • The Golden Egg

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 22
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 179

    In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti’s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaners has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A British Brunetti

    • By PhilR on 06-05-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Falling in Love

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 243
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 216

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I just spent a day in Venice

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-12-15

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Fatal Remedies

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166

    Commissario Guido Brunetti's career is under threat when his professional and personal lives unexpectedly intersect. In the chill of the Venetian dawn, a sudden act of vandalism shatters the quiet of the deserted city, and Brunetti is shocked to find that the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene is a member of his own family. Meanwhile, he is also under pressure from his superiors to solve a daring robbery with connections to a suspicious accidental death. Could the two crimes be connected? And will Brunetti be able to prove his family's innocence before it's too late?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great series

    • By Stephanie on 04-30-12

    Regular price: $15.36

    • The Girl of His Dreams

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 115

    On a rainy morning, not long after the funeral of his mother, Commissario Brunetti and Ispettore Vianello respond to a 911 call reporting a body floating near the steps in one of Venice's side canals. Reaching down to pull it out, Brunetti's wrist is caught by the silkiness of golden hair, and he sees a small foot - together he and Vianello lift a dead girl from the water.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slow Started Really Pulls You In

    • By Alexis on 07-01-08

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Earthly Remains

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    During the interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Commissario Guido Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the aftermath he begins to doubt his career choices and realises that he needs a break from the stifling problems of his work. Granted leave from the Questura, Brunetti is shipped off by his wife, Paola, to a villa owned by a wealthy relative on Sant'Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the Venetian laguna.

    Regular price: $20.65

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