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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,327 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:
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Donna Leon’s eighteen novels have won her countless fans, heaps of critical acclaim, and a place among the top ranks of international crime writers. Through the warmhearted, perceptive, and principled Commissario Guido Brunetti, Leon’s bestselling books have explored Venice in all its aspects: history, tourism, high culture, food, family, but also violent crime and political corruption.

In About Face, Leon returns to one of her signature subjects: the environment, which has reached a crisis in Italy. Incinerators across the south of Italy are at full capacity, burning who-knows-what and releasing unacceptable levels of dangerous air pollutants, while in Naples, enormous garbage piles grow in the streets. In Venice, with the polluted waters of the canals and a major chemical complex across the lagoon, the issue is never far from the fore.

Environmental concerns become significant in Brunetti’s work when an investigator from the Carabiniere, looking into the illegal hauling of garbage, asks for a favor. But the investigator is not the only one with a special request. His father-in-law needs help and a mysterious woman comes into the picture. Brunetti soon finds himself in the middle of an investigation into murder and corruption more dangerous than anything he’s seen before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The details of home-cooked meals and family arguments, alongside a never-ending flow of crime, add a depth to Leon’s stories and are what makes her characters so believable and, in turn, her books so readable.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Despite the strong projection of his voice, Colacci can still shift his tone with his vocal characters to convey two people talking in confidence. His interpretation of Leon’s book proves an excellent example of how a narrator can improve the actual story.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review), audio review

  • “With her eighteenth stellar entry in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series, Leon continues to live up to the increasingly high standards set by each novel.”

    Library Journal

  • “Brunetti tackles environmental malfeasance as he does all the other kinds of rampant governmental corruption he encounters, recognizing that full-frontal assaults are never won by individuals against institutions. Instead, he chips away at the edges of the monolith, carving shreds of hope from seeming hopelessness. No wonder we find him such a comforting presence.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cindy | 2/17/2014

    " Another Brunetti novel, very interesting but in this one I wasn't sure they solved the original crime in the book and had to go back several times. Honestly it make take one more before I know for sure. And I love this character and how she continues to develop this very real person - and his family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tamara | 2/3/2014

    " I am a big fan of Comissario Brunetti and I enjoyed reading this book but the ending was so stupid it ruined the whole thing for me. Stop reading if you don't want to know the end... The woman who was the central character was a victim of medical malpractice and had to have extensive facial reconstruction, but she would rather people think that she had had way too many facelifts than let them know about the medical issue. That is totally unbelieveable to me. Then when her husband lets slip about the malpractice, she would rather submit to blackmail and commit adultery than tell her husband he blew it. To solve her problems, she kills the blackmailer and Brunetti feels sorry for her. No way! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kay Wright | 1/21/2014

    " the story isn't Donna Leon's best but any visit with Guido, Paola, and Patta etc. can't be all bad. Any woman would see the flaw in the setup by page 20 but who cares. I'm always starved for real Italian food at the end of one of these mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maria | 1/3/2014

    " A cute, cozy mystery. Not too mysterious though, but very pleasant reading (or listening). If I were going to Venice, I'd read a bunch of Leon's books before I left to get in the mood. "

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