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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,377 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrea Camilleri Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781455192786
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Inspector Salvo Montalbano has come to be known as “one of the most engaging protagonists in detective fiction” (USA Today). In Excursion to Tindari, Andrea Camilleri’s savvy and darkly comic take on Sicilian life leads the inspector into his most bone-chilling case yet.

A young Don Juan is found murdered in front of his apartment building early one morning, and an elderly couple is reported missing after an excursion to the ancient site of Tindari—two seemingly unrelated cases for Inspector Montalbano to solve amid the daily complications of life at Vigàta police headquarters. But when Montalbano discovers that the couple and the murdered young man lived in the same building, his investigation stumbles onto Sicily’s brutal “New Mafia,” which leads him down a path more evil and far-reaching than any he has been on before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Camilleri is as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator.”

    Washington Post

  • “Montalbano is a delightful creation.”

    USA Today

  • “Italian author Andrea Camilleri manages to leaven a dark mystery involving gruesome crimes with a light touch afforded by humorous situations and an engaging cast, featuring cynical but lovable Inspector Montalbano. This is not narrator Grover Gardner’s first Sicilian Inspector Montalbano mystery, and that familiarity with the author’s style and the characters’ personalities is especially evident in his comfortable and believable presentation of the irascible middle-aged detective. Gardner catches both Montalbano’s quiet musings as he examines his life as well as his crude outbursts when he’s under pressure. In successfully meeting the challenges of a translation with a multidimensional cast, multiple plot lines, and a generous sprinkling of earthy language, Grover Gardner demonstrates why he’s an AudioFile Golden Voice.”

    AudioFile

  • “Grover Gardner is an award-winning narrator with over 650 audiobook titles to his credit…Each character is uniquely voiced and believable. A fun listen.”

    SoundCommentary.com

Listener Opinions

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

    " An aged mother and father disappear on a day trip to a local city and a young man living well above his means is murdered outside the building in which they both live. Inspector Montalbano is asked to get involved as the responsible police team is laid up. Using his intuition, Salvo and his odd team once again marshall forces to find how the two parties are related. Meantime, an aging mafioso tries to involve Salvo in "family" matters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/5/2014

    " very good. Listened on audio the reader is phenomenal. Witty and fun. Montalbano is a hoot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/2/2014

    " The ending was unsatisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katerina | 1/31/2014

    " Couldn't stop reading it! There was mystery, fun, art and passion in this book. I love Montalbano stories, and Andrea Camilleri's writing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayle | 1/28/2014

    " Great fun reading this series. Keep the stories coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 1/26/2014

    " Camilleri deals with the Mafia in this one, compensating for the violence and brutality with even more outrageous humor and food fetishism. Very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/15/2014

    " A wonderful addition to this series. Good characters and atmosphere. The descriptions of Italian food make me hungry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris Swanson | 1/14/2014

    " I like these deceptively simple Italian (Sicilian!) mysteries. Not challenging, but enough substance and detail to add to the plot, and the writing (in translation) is well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/11/2014

    " No one writes an Italian mystery like Camilleri. Always a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 12/26/2013

    " another wonderful novel by camilleri! they seem to be getting better every time. this one was especially scary since the danger was so subtle. like, it was sneaking up on you from behind. me loves! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riodelmartians | 11/25/2013

    " Bizarre coincidences and what the mafia controls "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/21/2013

    " A really good mystery and so well translated from the Italian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 11/13/2013

    " A good fun read. I enjoyed the humour and the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 8/30/2013

    " Number 5 in the series. I love the Sicilian food references. Plus the author gains greater command of his characters personalities with each new book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Goodstein | 4/27/2013

    " The kind of book I read in one night over and over and over again. Perfect beach book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Macjest | 3/4/2013

    " The plot was a bit on the weak side, but the characters more than make up for it. I get such a kick out of listening to the book, especially the characters as read out loud. I was wondering for a bit if the plot would end up going anywhere, but when it finally did, it was quite eye opening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerrie | 11/30/2012

    " Contemprorary Italian mystery writer with humor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Cooper | 9/22/2012

    " Really enjoyed it once I got into it. Needed to see an episode of the TV series first (not the same one) to understand the Sicilian mood/pace. Once I did, it was great and I've read (and will read) more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 9/10/2012

    " I find that I enjoy these more when I pick up the book consistently. Otherwise, I lose track of where the story is headed and who's who. Once I got into this one again, the pages turned more quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 6/19/2012

    " Excellent start to finish... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 2/3/2012

    " It was too easy to compare this author to Dibdin - Italian detective novel and all. Maybe the translation was horrible but the writing was so choppy, especially in the dialogue. Lots of humor though and now I get that Dibdin (as a non-Italian) was not really being critical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 9/12/2011

    " Another wonderful example of Sicilian justice and a smart Inspector who knows the ends and outs of the politics of his country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose Ann | 3/14/2011

    " This was the best one yet. I love Montalbano!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rob | 3/6/2011

    " il mio primo camilleri.
    meglio tardi che mai. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/11/2011

    " Humorous picture of Sicily and a good mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/9/2011

    " A wonderful addition to this series. Good characters and atmosphere. The descriptions of Italian food make me hungry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 12/7/2010

    " I like these deceptively simple Italian (Sicilian!) mysteries. Not challenging, but enough substance and detail to add to the plot, and the writing (in translation) is well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 11/28/2010

    " very good. Listened on audio the reader is phenomenal. Witty and fun. Montalbano is a hoot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 10/10/2010

    " Another wonderful example of Sicilian justice and a smart Inspector who knows the ends and outs of the politics of his country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/14/2009

    " Andrea Camilleri is always fun to read and in this volume there are some hilarious passages. But the Montalbano stories are not froth, they have a depth to them that lifts them far out of the ordinary. Thats why I read them from start to finish every so often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerrie | 5/10/2009

    " Contemprorary Italian mystery writer with humor
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/19/2009

    " Slightly weaker than Voice of the Violin, but still worthwhile. Characters continue to evolve, and Montalbano is almost likable. Almost.

    I wish the main text had markers where there's an explanatory footnote. They're a great feature; I wish more translators included them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 4/9/2009

    " another wonderful novel by camilleri! they seem to be getting better every time. this one was especially scary since the danger was so subtle. like, it was sneaking up on you from behind. me loves! "

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About the Author
Author Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri is the author of the New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mysteries as well as historical novels that take place in nineteenth-century Sicily. His books have been made into television shows in Italy and translated into thirty-two languages. His thirteenth Montalbano novel, The Potter’s Field, won the Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award and was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.