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3.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 5 3.42 (36 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: April 2009 ISBN: 9781482978575
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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.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean Brennan | 12/30/2013

    " Poor. If you want to read a good Italian detective read The Inspector Zen stories by Michael Dibden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami | 12/13/2013

    " My brother turned me on to this author while I was at his house in Turkey. The author is an American woman but her series takes place in Venice Italy. She is an incredible writer and does a fabulous job describing the thoughts and actions of her characters. These are short mystery stories but it is the relationships that make it so interesting. I will definitely read more and try to start from the beginning of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara VA | 12/10/2013

    " The latest Brunetti novel has restored Donna Leon to me. I had decided to bypass her books because of the America bashing and Paola's acerbic voice but she has redeemed herself here. Home life is important but work is the primary focus here and it is not a comfortable topic and cannot have an easy fix. Brunetti's in-laws play an integral part in the story rather than the token roles they frequently have and a new female character is added. Venice in winter is as bleak as many of the options open to Brunetti, a well done book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/22/2013

    " This is an odd story and I wonder if it doesn't have basis in life. I am just not convinced that this story really gelled. Leon may be doing some character development for future that split her focus. It is always enjoyable to visit this world and her characters though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrsgaskell | 11/16/2013

    " The latest Commisario Guido Brunetti mystery was a very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 11/5/2013

    " I've read many of Leon's mysteries. Some of her characters are very well read, and I enjoy their sharing about the authors they are nurtured by. Commissario Brunetti reads Cicero, his wife Paola, Henry James! The plot of this novel seemed darker than usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan Aldergate | 9/19/2013

    " I always enjoy this author. I like the character of Brunetti, a family man, who is coping with the corruption endemic in Italian society, yet manages to keep his integrity. This one didn't disappoint, and I came away somehow feeling that justice had been done, but also slightly unsettled. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay | 9/11/2013

    " Donna Leon writes an easy and fast book. Her deadline must have been looming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharron | 8/5/2013

    " she hasn't written a bad book yet. in fact, Brunetti keeps getting better and better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randi | 7/31/2013

    " This is a fine book, I was just not in the mood to finish it. Maybe another time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margbar11 | 6/30/2013

    " Wow---one of my favorite authors and one of the best in an already great series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen Lawton | 6/27/2013

    " I just couldn't get into this. Maybe I've read too many Leon books too closely together. It took over 100 pages for a dead body to appear. I didn't care about the characters and it all seemed too familiar and the same as the previous 17 novels. Time for a change methinks "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/24/2012

    " Donna Leon is so great at capturing Italy today through her characters and the setting...usually in the streets of Venice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 12/2/2012

    " Bought this intentionally for the novel setting which is Venice. Problem was the beautiful parts of Venice are never mentioned, but rather the seedy underbelly of criminal Venice. Not my cup of tea - or should I say cappacinno? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ros | 9/30/2012

    " Perhaps they are a bit similar but I can forgive this for the evocation of Italian ups and downs "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 9/14/2012

    " I have enjoyed most of the Brunetti books, and I think this one was one of the better ones. I can't say too much without including spoilers. There is a little less of the family interaction with the children in this book, but the mystery itself is intriguing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Felicity | 7/22/2012

    " Another Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery...reassuringly formulaic, but you have to love the backdrop, Venice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 7/7/2012

    " Hard to stick with this one. Not one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 7/2/2012

    " I enjoyed this Guido Brunetti book as much as I have enjoyed the others. I cannot get enough of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 6/28/2012

    " I have gobbled up at least 8 of these deliciously written mysteries. There's nothing like them in the mystery genre. Written with heart, not some need to terrify or shock the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 5/22/2012

    " Okay Finally I read one of Donna Leon's mystery books, after much prodding ( Jefferson, Melina) I have to say just okay...and not really enough Italian background to make up for the less than gripping story telling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 5/15/2012

    " 3.5, though this is not one of the best. I'm still very fond of Guido Brunetti and Paola and their lives and what they eat and all things Italian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/20/2011

    " Well written. I enjoy the language, the insertion of Italian, the plot line and getting to know the "warmhearted, perceptive, and principled Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti and his wife Paola, a literature professor who cooks three meals a day for her family. I understand there is a cookbook "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randi | 4/4/2011

    " This is a fine book, I was just not in the mood to finish it. Maybe another time. "

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

    " Blackmail. Pollution. Mafia. Corporate assumptions/ gossip. Love. Murder.My favorite so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 1/14/2011

    " Always a twist in her books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/29/2010

    " I have gobbled up at least 8 of these deliciously written mysteries. There's nothing like them in the mystery genre. Written with heart, not some need to terrify or shock the reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 12/9/2010

    " One of my favorites of this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 12/3/2010

    " I love her books and love the trips to Venice. I just couldn't get into this one though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrsgaskell | 11/13/2010

    " The latest Commisario Guido Brunetti mystery was a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/12/2010

    " One of a long list of books I've read by Donna Leon. This book intertwines two stories of murder, gambling and influence. Set in the backdrop of a casino in Venice (Marghera)and taking us to Tuscany. Intrigue involving illegal transport of toxic waste, the mafia and bad dentistry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 10/4/2010

    " Bought this intentionally for the novel setting which is Venice. Problem was the beautiful parts of Venice are never mentioned, but rather the seedy underbelly of criminal Venice. Not my cup of tea - or should I say cappacinno? "

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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.