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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,328 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: August 2011 ISBN: 9781482980943
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Dona Leon has amassed devoted fans around the world for her atmospheric and intelligent Commissario Brunetti series. A Sea of Troubles offers a rare glimpse into the scrupulous Commissario’s personal life. When Brunetti investigates the murder of two local fishermen on the island of Pellestrina, the small community closes ranks, forcing him to accept Signorina Elettra’s offer to visit her relatives there to search for clues. Though loyal to his beloved wife, Paola, he must admit that less-than-platonic emotions underlie his concern for his boss’s beautiful secretary. Suspenseful, provocative, and deeply unsettling, A Sea of Troubles is an explosive and irresistible addition to Leon’s marvelous series.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The sophisticated but still moral Brunetti, with his love of food and his loving family, proves a worthy custodian of timeless values and verities.”

    Wall Street Journal, praise for the series

  • “In this stunning novel…featuring dogged, intuitive Venetian police detective Guido Brunetti…combines an engrossing, complex plot with an indictment of the corruption endemic to Italian society...dark, cynical tale of widespread secrecy, violence, and corruption.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review), praise for Blood from a Stone

  • “The evocative Venetian setting and the warmth and humanity of the Brunetti family add considerable pleasure to this nuanced, intelligent mystery…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review), praise for Blood from a Stone

  • “The appeal of Guido Brunetti, the hero of Donna Leon’s long-running Venetian crime series, comes not from his shrewdness, though he is plenty shrewd, nor from his quick wit. It comes, instead, from his roll as an everyman…Not so different from our own days at the office or nights around the dinner table. Crime fiction for those willing to grapple with, rather than escape, the uncertainties of daily life.”

    Booklist (starred review), praise for the series

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 2/16/2014

    " I usually love all of these Brunetti books pretty much equally, but this one just didn't click with me. (This might be what took me so long to finish it?) In most of the others, the focus is on the police, procedure, political problems, recalcitrant bureaucracy, local dilemmas, etc. Brunetti himself is a central character and plot device by which all these other issues are examined. In this book, however, we have to explore the feelings of Brunetti and Elettra, which is not exactly what I signed on for, based on my experience with the rest of the series. The mystery with the local fishermen, which I was interested in, was only superficially explored, and seemed like it was used as a vehicle to explore everyone's feelings, instead of the other way around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LDuchess | 2/12/2014

    " #10 (or 14?) Elettra, and set on Pellestrina. Boats. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Walker | 2/9/2014

    " Par for the course with this series. You will learn about something clam dredging and like on one of the smaller lagoon islands. Not much mystery. Same environmental horror stories which somehow lose their luster after a dozen or so repetitions. The storm scene is well written but as usual, the plot meanders and is weak on closure, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Duffy Thomas | 2/3/2014

    " The best so far. More developed, more exciting. But less food, unfortunately. "

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

    " liked the map as reference. been to venice:learned quite a bit as well as enjoyed the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/13/2014

    " Another good read in the Guido Brunetti series. In this installment Signorina Elettra goes undercover and Paula wonders if she should be jealous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/4/2014

    " I love these books, they always make me hungry! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 1/3/2014

    " As this was a reread for me, I remembered parts of it, but not very much. For this series, I found this title slightly disappointed--there wasn't enough police work and/or detective work done to prove the murderer for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheena | 12/21/2013

    " Read cos i was in Venice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred Misurella | 12/16/2013

    " One of her best, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda | 12/16/2013

    " good view of life into a part of Venice most don't see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 12/11/2013

    " This was my favorite one so far in this series. In the first books, I felt like Venice was the main character and the people were secondary characters. As the series has progressed, Venice has become a fascinating back drop to complex and intriguing people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tomchicago | 8/11/2013

    " Delightful. She has made a thoughtful subplot of the relationship between Brunetti and his wife and that adds a great bit to this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rafa Sánchez | 6/2/2013

    " Very good indeed. Old Brunetti is a modern hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/17/2012

    " Exciting read with substantial character development and the first foray into another character's mind. The storm scene at the end reminded me of Dicken's writing in description and crazy action and pace. The villan comes a bit from left field but makes up for it in entrance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 10/14/2012

    " Another satisfying and enjoyable detective novel set in Venice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/1/2012

    " Another awesome Commissario Guido Brunetti novel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 7/6/2012

    " Quite an entertaining episode in the life of Inspector Brunetti. A pleasant way to pass a few hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizbuf | 6/25/2012

    " OK. It kept me interested...but only just! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 3/6/2012

    " One of her best. (I've read 6 of hers and am delighted that there are 8 - 10 more I haven't read; but I will space them out.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 12/27/2011

    " one of the better written Brunetti "episodes", I found Leon's writing voice to be much stronger, eloquent & at times even poetic (thought-wise). Really enjoyed this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 9/18/2011

    " This was not as exciting as many of Brown's other books. However,It kept my attention and has a rather thrilling end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 9/16/2011

    " liked the map as reference. been to venice:learned quite a bit as well as enjoyed the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kacki | 9/11/2011

    " Another excellent Donna Leon Commissario Brunetti book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle | 8/3/2011

    " I enjoyed this Commissario Brunetti mystery even more than most because of the action-packed finale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie | 8/2/2011

    " I love all of her books, but this one was not as descriptive as the others. Lacking in depth for the characters in comparison to other books. Missed out on the day to day lives of the people. The mystery portion was that bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 7/15/2011

    " one of the better written Brunetti "episodes", I found Leon's writing voice to be much stronger, eloquent & at times even poetic (thought-wise). Really enjoyed this one! "

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

    " I read this in 24 hours!!

    Really, really good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 6/26/2011

    " This was my first Donna Leon book. I wasn't that impressed, it was quite boring. I will give some of her earlier work a shot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dhartridge | 6/2/2011

    " Consistently enjoyable mysteries with Venice as a backdrop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste | 2/16/2011

    " This book has no scenes between Brunetti and his wife, his home life, or his children. I missed that alot. Until the last chapter, which made it alright. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 12/3/2010

    " Tension is very slow in coming here. But at least they eat well "

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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.