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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,342 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donna Leon Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781482979497
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Commissario Guido Brunetti must contend with ingenious corruption, bureaucratic intransigence, and the stifling heat of a Venetian summer. As he plans a trip to the mountains with his family, he learns that cases at the local court—hardly known as a model of efficiency—are being delayed to the benefit of one of the parties. A creative new trick for corrupting the system, perhaps, but what can Brunetti do about it? Just when it looks like he will be able to get away, a shocking, violent crime forces him to stay in Venice. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The humid, oppressive Venetian summer is palpable in Donna Leon’s nineteenth Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery…Leon creates such a rich sense of place that reading often feels like a slow vaporetto ride through the swelteringly humid canals of Venice, past splendid bridges and palazzi with time out for tramezzini and rich Italian coffee.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Leon’s books are a joy, and the nineteenth Venice-based Commissario Brunetti novel is well up to her consistently high standard.

    Guardian (London)

  • “Set during an oppressive Venetian August, Leon’s masterful nineteenth Commisario Guido Brunetti mystery presents Brunetti with two puzzles that impinge on his most intimate beliefs…As one good man who still believes in the rule of law despite his disgust at Italy’s mounting corruption, Brunetti allows readers to share his belief that decency and honesty can, for a little while, stave off the angst of the modern world.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Leon’s many fans love this series for the Venetian setting, the complex family dynamics, and the hero’s mix of melancholy and compassion, and in this nineteenth installment, they get all of the above…A unique combination of bedrock cynicism and warm humanity.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 2/9/2014

    " I do enjoy the Brunetti series, but I really feel this was unresolved. The end came too quickly, too tidily, without real resolution for either story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/31/2014

    " This was a nice, easy holiday read recommended to me by my Grannie. It was set in Venice and had a lot of Italian words in it. I managed to work out what a lot of them meant from the context and from my knowlegde of French and Spanish, but I think someone who had some knowledge of Italian would get more out of it. There was enough mystery to keep me wanting to read on but not so much suspense that I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/24/2014

    " More satisfying than the last few books in this series, this time Brunetti simultaneously chases down a charlatan and a murderer. Wait until winter to read this story or you will surely be sweating along with Guido. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma Cooper | 1/23/2014

    " I don't know how Donna Leon manages to keep her Brunetti series so fresh and compelling. A great mystery, but as usual the insights on Venetian society and Italian bureaucracy add to the enjoyment. My only quibble is whether Italian culture is still so judgemental of homosexuality. Some of the attitudes - though not of the author or her main character - seem very outdated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/23/2014

    " Another excellent Guido Brunetti mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Hower | 1/12/2014

    " I love this author. Pure pleasure from canal to campo, from prosecco to proscuito. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willemf | 12/31/2013

    " Leuk boekje om te lezen, maar niet de beste in de serie. Het verhaal is wat dun en het boek moet het vooral hebben van de beschrijvingen van de Italiaanse taal en cultuur (die overigens ook niet al te rijk aanwezig zijn). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 12/1/2013

    " Not my favorite of Leon's books, but still enjoyable. Guido Brunetti is never a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patmead | 11/29/2013

    " I always enjoy these books. Light reading. Good charsacters. You should start with the first in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 11/17/2013

    " I love all the books about Commissario Brunetti. They are light and easy reading with just enough intrigue and mystery. Plus, they bring back to me some wonderful memories of Venice and Italian life. I hope I get to go back! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 11/12/2013

    " Donna Leon at her slowest, probably evoking the heat of a Venetian summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 11/9/2013

    " I love Donna Leon. Easy reading and always a twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Slater | 9/27/2013

    " Good sleuthing, lits of literary innuendo, family and office dynamics: Donna Leon writes for people who have wide literary experience. I love Commissario Brunetti "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Crick | 7/9/2013

    " Very enjoyable, combined crime fiction with detail about Venice- Political, much made of the corruption. Also comment on the class system in Venice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Howard | 7/3/2013

    " Heat wave in Venice, corrupt judges, a dead clerk, a charlatan of a soothsayer...Guido Brunetti has his hands full! I really think the last 2 Leon books have returned to the glory days of the early series--they make me desperately want to visit Venice! And eat lots of Italian food. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 3/13/2013

    " I enjoyed the setting of Venice and this story was a satisfying quick read. I will seek out more in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 GraceAnne | 1/29/2013

    " These are always elegant, graceful, and very Venetian. But this one did not have enough of Paola or the children, nor enough about food. Instead, the focus was on the unrelenting Venetian heat and the unrelenting human capacity for both love and dception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shez Lee | 11/29/2012

    " Instead of focusing on Commissario Brunetti's family, something on his colleague Vianello makes it less repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roshni | 10/26/2012

    " Not as good as the book I previously read in this series. The plot wasn't complex enough and ended quite simply. But still overall, a great historical mystery "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 7/10/2012

    " Another wonderful book by Donna Leon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacquelinelborda | 1/16/2012

    " Not one of her best. Discrepancy with her first book taking place a few years before where she states he knows his home was built illegally. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 10/17/2011

    " not as good as her usual... two stories -- one about a charlatan healer who takes money from old people with promises of cures... plus a murder of a 40 year gay bank employee... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 10/13/2011

    " 3.5 Much the same as all the others in this series. It's very predictability is what I like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynda | 10/1/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyable but I'm beginning to wonder if any of the villains in Venice ever get brought to trial! If the corruption is real, it's a helluva corrupt place! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ncsherman | 9/23/2011

    " enjoyed the setting.... Venice "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 5/11/2011

    " Donna Leon's mysteries with Commissario Brunetti in Venice are becoming my go-to reads for good escapism reading. Read with a glass of wine for the best effect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nirbhay | 4/17/2011

    " Donna Leon's series always reminds me of my visits to Venice, Italy. Her characters are superbly developed, the place comes alive, and the mysteries are solved without violence from the police. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 heidipj | 4/14/2011

    " Good read as usual.
    And yeh - too many references to the heat... In general Leon does tend to talk about the weather A LOT. Too much really but aside from this I really like the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 4/6/2011

    " Another excellent and intelligent story from Donna Leon. She has such a fine eye for a good plot, and her knowledge of Venice and her well-rounded characters are engrossing. Vianello has emerged from Brunetti's shadow --- I'm enjoying getting to know him more thoroughly. Thanks. Don't stop :)
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janine | 3/27/2011

    " Guido's family vacations in the mountains while he has to return to suffocating heat of Venice to investigate murder of gay civil servant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 3/20/2011

    " I love all the books about Commissario Brunetti. They are light and easy reading with just enough intrigue and mystery. Plus, they bring back to me some wonderful memories of Venice and Italian life. I hope I get to go back! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 3/7/2011

    " Loved this Donnal Leon (but then I have loved them all!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 2/11/2011

    " Love all the Brunetti books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrsgaskell | 2/1/2011

    " This is the 19th installment in Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti series of mysteries set in Venice. I really enjoy this series, the setting and the characters of Brunetti, his coworkers and family. I seemed to be just in the mood for this kind of read and particularly enjoyed this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Hower | 1/11/2011

    " I love this author. Pure pleasure from canal to campo, from prosecco to proscuito. "

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About the Author
Author Donna Leon

Donna Leon has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and China, where she worked as a teacher. Her novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed, including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Silver Dagger for Fiction.

About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.