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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, but better if you have been to Florence.
What did you like best about this story?
The narration very good. The characters are nicely fleshed out across the story.
Which scene was your favorite?
Detailed descriptions of interactions between characters in general.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Flood to be better than the print version?
There is no print version and this is disappointing because I would love to be able to annotate it for my next trip to Firenze.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
I kept jumping for character to character, trying to decide who was the guilty one, which I am sure is what David was aiming at. OK ... you got me!
What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?
Well performed, although Saul needs to get his pronunciation of the Italian words right and consistent. Occasionally I felt like reaching into the speaker and giving him a good shake.
Any additional comments?
I sincerely hope that David is going to continue writing the story of these characters. I want to know what happens to them next. He does need to be nicer to Firenze, though. It is a city that you grow to love. I did.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
If you're familiar with the author you'll know that his hall-mark is to hang his crime stories on Italian art and history. This book is set in Florence and is rich in these details. I don't think this book is as good as his Rome series which are centred on detective Nic Costa and his colleagues. The latter are well-rounded characters that enliven the books whereas, apart from ex-detective Flatelli and visiting academic Julia Welbeloved, the many characters in The Flood are not memorable. I also found the writing overly florid in tone and the interplay of art and crime more contrived than usual.
Saul Reichlin is one of my favourite narrators who kept me listening.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I have enjoyed Hewson's bokks set in Rome, but this one-off, set in Florence was a really great read. Beautifully read by Saul Reichlin. It led to a couple of near sleepless nights as I couldn't stop listening.
The characters, both the main ones of the Italian retired cop, Pino Fratelli, and the English student, Julia Wellbeloved, as well as the less important ones, come alive, as does the city itself.
The desecration of a fresco in 1986 appears to have links to the terrible events of the 1966 floods in Florence, and as Julia is involved by Pino, her landlord, those events are seen in an increasingly dark light.
I recently listened to Dan Brown's Inferno, also set in Florence. That read more as a travelogue, whereas I really felt I was in the city in this book
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Thoroughly enjoyed the book! I love the local history and knowledges of art that is woven into David Hewson's books and the characters that occupy his mysteries. As always, it's difficult to stop listening!