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I listened to three books before I realized I should have started with this book. This books tells you who Salvo Montalbano is, where he lived when he first started as an inspector and how he got to Vigata. How he found his present house he lives in by the water, his house keeper/cook. How he met Livia his love, how he loves great cuisine. He seeks out the best food even in some of the smallest places. Montalbano savors his food. You have to listen to this book. Short, sweet and gives you great insight to the rest of the Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri.
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Where does Montalbano’s First Case and Other Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Middle of the road unfortunately
What other book might you compare Montalbano’s First Case and Other Stories to and why?
None at this point
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grover Gardner?
Any additional comments?
This is the problem. I love the TV series Montalbano (and Young Montalbano). Had never read any of the books and was really looking forward to these Audible books. I cringed at times listening. I know the narrator has won some fantastic awards for his abilities but for crying out loud, someone has to explain this to me. Much of the narration is straightforward. Montalbano sounds more Northeastern American......Then all of the sudden some of the characters are portrayed in a stereo typical "I'm-a-not a gonna tell you-a-nuthin".. HUH? Sounds like something from a bad movie. Other times the narrator gave the characters a (little like Desi Arnaz...."You got some splainin to do Lucy";) type speech using splainin rather than explaining and others had almost a Bowery Boy New York accent (for those old enough to remember those movies). Very confused by this. I am used to books from Audible with fantastic dialects...character voices etc. But since these characters are all supposed to be Italian / Sicilian and other parts of Italy...then either use reasonable Italian...or all in "English"... but not crossing between Bowery New York and some Spanish thrown in. This perhaps sound harsh but this interpretation is about the worse I have heard. I am debating whether to listen to the rest of the books because I find the presentation annoying. I had hoped in coming back up to Audible to that someone else had done some narration of other books in this lineup...but nope. Still might try some of the other Montalbano books but perhaps not.
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