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I am glad Donna Leon's mysteries are now read in their unabridged version. As an Italian I appreciate her (very accurate) description of life in Venice and of the problems an honest policeman seems to encounter at every step. I only wish that the narrator, who is otherwise very good, avoided phony Italian accents for his characters while regularly choosing the wrong stress for any Italian word.
Wonderful structure. Oozes with the sweltering heat of Venice in August. Ms Leon's use of the perfect word had me reaching for the dictionary on a number of occasions and the more I know of Brunetti the more I want to be in his company. As usual David Colacci's performance is superb.
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I have enjoyed all the books I have heard until now, but I found it difficult to get passed hearing this one read with an American accent. It is well read but the voice and the character don't match. The story itself I found very dark, and the pacing erratic.