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Didn't feel I needed to have read the three previous books to follow this one, except perhaps for the appearance the Uruguayan character Eva, where I felt there had to have been a previous backstory. As for the story itself, I felt it moved s-l-o-w-l-y at times, so that by the time Trotti confronted the killer I didn't really care much, nor really "get" how he got there, but glad it was over. Not to say that the writing itself is dull, but more that the author's pacing isn't what I'd consider ideal. The book did serve to pass time, with characters who varied enough to keep me from feeling a sense of plodding along. As a matter of fact, at some points the narrator varied the voices so much I thought there may be more than one reader!
Would I read the next (final) story? I doubt it. Would I recommend this one? Perhaps to hardcore Italophiles.
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What would have made Black August better?
I viable story line
What do you think your next listen will be?
Nothing by this author
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
He did his best with characterisation but it was difficult. I had trouble with his (native?) accent
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Black August?
It just didn't seem to run as a coherent story and I'm not sure that cutting anything would have helped. I struggled through right to the end because I'm an optimist but, alas, there was nothing to grab hold of in this book. None of the characters had any appeal and I certainly had no common ground with any of them.
Any additional comments?
Being an optimist and a romantic I love all the ends to be neatly tied and in this book they weren't. Did his daughter have her baby and was it a boy? Was he just going to walk away from the apparent corruption in both forces? What happened to his goddaughter - did he ever have dinner with her????????? I really hate books that just end as if the author has met his allocated number of words/pages/chapters.