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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


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


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Lc16 | 11/27/2013

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

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