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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,100 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: January 2010 ISBN: 9781455196395
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Winning fans in Europe and America for their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri’s crime novels are classics of the genre. Set once again in Sicily, The Patience of the Spider pits Inspector Montalbano against his greatest foe yet: the weight of his own years. Still recovering from the gunshot wound he suffered in Rounding the Mark, he must overcome self-imposed seclusion and waxing self-doubt to penetrate a web of hatred and secrets in pursuit of the strangest culprit he’s ever hunted.

The kidnapping of a beautiful young university student, Susanna Mistretta, rocks the community of Vigàta. Distrusting of his colleagues’ ability to solve the case, Montalbano jumps in, his accute senses picking up on the subtleties that will leading his investigation on a winding trail of provincial politics, odious journalists, and delicious Italian food.

A mystery unlike any other, this emotionally taut story brings the Montalbano saga to a captivating crossroads.

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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

  • “The witty writing and acerbic protagonist should appeal to fans of Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gardner’s narration of previous books in the series is apparent in the way he brings the grumpy Montalbano to life. His sympathetic narration helps listeners understand Montalbano’s inner battles as he seeks to solve a kidnapping case…Gardner’s performance ensures that the characters within the story are easily distinguishable, which is particularly helpful given all the Sicilian names and places. Like the best British police procedurals, Camilleri’s focuses on the personality of its main character, and Gardner delivers it beautifully.”

    AudioFile

  • “Delivers what fans have come to expect: a perfectly blended mix of comedy and melancholy, and a hero whose joie de vivre is perpetually under siege from an absurd world.”

    Booklist

  • “Narrator Grover Gardner…provides his usual excellent reading. Mystery lovers, especially those with an interest in Italian culture, will enjoy this.”

    SoundCommentary.com

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margareta Dahlin | 2/12/2014

    " A pretty odd story this time. I did not like it as much I have liked the earlier books. But still I like Montalbano :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 12/22/2013

    " The latest in a marvelous series set in Sicily. Wonderfully written, as well as translated, all of them are so 'Italian' I feel sun-drenched for days. The mystery plots aren't bad, either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 12/4/2013

    " Liked this more than 'The Shape of Water'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lc16 | 11/27/2013

    " Story wasn't the best but always lifts my mood reading a Montalbano "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Vidrine | 11/27/2013

    " i am addicted to these inspector montalbano murder mysteries. great summer reading, i am now on number eight "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 11/21/2013

    " As a mystery, not much of a puzzle. As a depiction of Sicilian and Italian society, both insightful and entertaining. The translator's rendition of some characters' speech patterns, apparently meant to reflect dialect, did strike me as wrongheaded and rubbed me the wrong way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerrie | 11/20/2013

    " Contemporary Italian mystery writer with humor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 10/27/2013

    " Good characterizations and minimal violence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Swenson | 10/25/2013

    " This is the first Inspector Maltobano book by Camilleri I've read in several years. I enjoy the way that the author takes the reader down different paths, slowly revealing the different characters. I was able to discern clues to the ending early on without being too obvious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 9/12/2013

    " Another great Camilleri. The plot is pretty simple, but the characters and the portrait of Sicily are great. A continuing pleasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Reilly | 8/8/2013

    " Very good, Montalbano again ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/10/2013

    " Easy to solve, but that's not really what these books are about. They're about the characters and the region and, of course, the food. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toros | 7/31/2012

    " Witty, entertaining, and easy to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nessreen | 7/12/2012

    " A very straightforward, and at times chuckle-worthy, detective story. I enjoyed the sprinkling of Sicilian flavor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/28/2012

    " italian detective feels up women and smokes while figuring it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roland | 10/28/2011

    " As Montalbano novels go, this is a particularly pleasant read. For those of us who still haven't figured out what he finds in Livia, this is an interesting one, too, as she is there in Marinella with him during much of the book. The case is nicely woven and the ending satisfactorily montalbanoesque. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 6/17/2011

    " Another in Andrea Camilletti's wonderful series with Inspector Montalbono of Sicily. This is very good even though you have a feeling early on that there is more going on than appears on the surface. I guessed fairly early what the end would be, but the working out of the story was really well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/12/2011

    " I am still enjoying this series of mysteries. However, Salbu's girlfriend Olivia is increasingly annoying, and since she is down to Sicily for this entire book, this may have been my least favorite book in the series so far. Break up with her already! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 11/25/2010

    " Another quick enjoyable read. Coming near the end of the series-what will I do? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberto | 8/4/2010

    " Un classico di Montalbano, il delitto è un pretesto per l'esplorazione dei personaggi. Da gustare. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 5/31/2010

    " fine, nothing special but an ok read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toros | 5/27/2010

    " Witty, entertaining, and easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 2/5/2010

    " The best of the series so far. Inspector Montalbano grows on you! Worth every minute of reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/31/2009

    " diverting mystery about an older Italian inspector putting together the threads of clues about a kidnapping "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/25/2009

    " Another great Camilleri. The plot is pretty simple, but the characters and the portrait of Sicily are great. A continuing pleasure. "

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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 more than thirty Earphones Awards.