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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,679 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 2007 ISBN: 9781482976892
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When Venetian detective Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to investigate a presumed suicide in Venice’s elite military academy, his inquiries are immediately met with a wall of silence. The young man is the son of a doctor and former politician, a man of an impeccable integrity all too rare in Italian politics. Dr. Moro seems devastated by his son’s death; but while both he and his apparently estranged wife seem convinced that the boy would not have committed suicide, neither appears eager to talk to the police or to involve Brunetti in any kind of investigation into their son’s death. Is the silence that confronts Brunetti the natural reluctance of Italians to involve themselves with the authorities, or is he facing a conspiracy far greater than this one death?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is an outstanding book, deserving of the widest audience possible, a chance for American readers to again experience a master practitioner's art.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “David Colacci's reading of this mystery is done with a slight Italian accent, which creates a feel of authenticity.”

    AudioFile magazine

  • “It's high time this series earns the accolades in the US it has been receiving in Europe for years.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Brunetti …long ago joined the ranks of the classic fictional detectives.”

    Evening Standard (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Jadoff | 2/17/2014

    " Another forte - about military, class and life in Benice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victor Dicarlo | 2/13/2014

    " Great story. Leon is an excellent writer. My only complaint is that some of her stories can get quite depressing at the end. The crime is solved, but the guilty parties are never brought to justice. Add to that the very bleak picture she paints of the state of Italian life with the abundance of political corruption one feels quite sorry for Italians. Such a pity to leave the running of a country like that to the Italians. I mean today they are on the verge of bankruptcy. Not surprising as their number one pastime is how to avoid paying taxes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edie | 2/8/2014

    " Not my most favorite of her novels. "

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

    " Pretty good. Set in Venice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 1/29/2014

    " Written with great perception about human nature, but it's not for the reader who likes everything wrapped up neatly at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meme | 1/25/2014

    " See my review of The Girl of HIs Dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 1/24/2014

    " As usual, my hero, Commisario Guido Brunetti, of Venice, does not disappoint. Although the Italian government is chronically depicted as totally corrupt, and much of the Venetian police force as inept, Brunetti and his close colleagues carry on in a thorough, just, and kind manner, solving crimes, loving their families, and philosophizing as they cruise the canals of the city they love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patsy | 1/22/2014

    " More than a 3, maybe not quite a full 4, but wonderful to be reading while in Venice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/15/2014

    " Everyone needs a little junk food in their reading life. I like Donna Leon as she's a pretty solid writer and I like her detective, Commissario Brunetti. What I mostly enjoy is that the books are set in Venice and there's a palpable feel for the place in the novels. However, Uniform Justice is skinny on solid page-turning plot, and the loose ends, while tied, were done without much care or development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Oosterwyk | 1/9/2014

    " A student is dead at the local military academy and the students aren't talking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/7/2014

    " another great book in this series. begs the question...what of truth...what of justice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nan | 12/26/2013

    " Meh. This series was recommended by a mystery lover. The detective is in Venice. I supposed if I'd been to Venice, I'd find the descriptions of scenery more engaging. I had trouble getting interested in the detective or the story. Perhaps jumping in mid-series isn't good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Eshaghy | 12/23/2013

    " I didn't like it as well as the first one I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/4/2013

    " This book was so so. I'd give it 3.5 if we could do half stars. A young boy is found dead at a military school for boys in Italy. Was it suicide, murder, or accident? It's up to Commissario Brunettti to solve this mystery. Part of a series. Got mixed reviews from mystery book discussion group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/1/2013

    " This series conveys a thoroughly cynical attitude toward Italian politics and government and this is the most cynical I've read so far. It portrays a society where corruption is the norm and an honest politician is an endangered species. This includes the family of such a rare bird. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret McMaster | 11/25/2013

    " Everything about it was first-rate: the plot, the characters, the ending. "

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

    " What I really enjoy about Donna Leon's novels is she doesn't always give the reader full closure or the standard the bad guy gets caught. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/19/2013

    " Very slow-moving and little character development. The mystery wasn't even really a true mystery, since the answer was obvious from the start. But it was set in a rich and satisfyingly detailed Venice. It feels like an insider peek at the real Venetians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed Dodson | 11/13/2013

    " This was near the low-point of the series I thought. Heavily anti-military and just sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny Grafton | 9/29/2013

    " Not one of Leon's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Marie | 9/2/2013

    " This series just gets better! A perfect book to read on Bart as I went back and forth into the City for 3 days for my Venice seminar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helena | 10/3/2012

    " I love Donna Leon books but found this one a little more sombre than usual .Perhaps because it involved the death of a young boy every parents greatest dread . Lots of detail about life in Venice .A quick easy read . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/28/2012

    " Mystery in Venice: great winter/summer reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rafa Sánchez | 6/7/2012

    " Good one, Brunetti is like a hard drug. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/20/2012

    " Another Donna Leon mystery. A good mystery but her view of the Italian government and justice system were especially bleak in this one, leaving me depressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige Y. | 11/21/2011

    " only fair -- took me a long time to get through "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 10/4/2011

    " Compelling psychological story. Leon seems to be more and more interested in exploring Brunetti's character and not so much in the mystery element of solving the crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Machata | 9/28/2011

    " Donna Leon satisfies- compassionate crime solutions adorned with good food, wine, and well-dressed Venetians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 9/16/2011

    " Another gentle, logical and straight forward read showing the Italian way of life is dependent on a bit of corruption. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 5/14/2011

    " #12 (aka Uniform Justice) in the Commissario Brunetti series--bought this in French while Bob and I were on St. Barths for his 60th. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/20/2011

    " It seems to me that this is a good portrayal of the frustrations of police work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie | 1/30/2011

    " Boring and Dull! That's all I have to say about this book. I never finished it because I disliked it so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/12/2011

    " Great fun! This is the fifth Commissario Brunetti book I've read and none have disappointed. A quick, easy mystery, nothing truly violent and upsetting. Plus, Leon goes into great detail about cooking and food during lunch and dinnertime! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/1/2011

    " I'll be sad when I've finished all the Guido Brunetti books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janis | 11/12/2010

    " Why have I never visited Venice? How it is these two busy people have so much time to prepare and eat such wonderful meals. Oh yeah. Its fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 9/26/2010

    " This was near the low-point of the series I thought. Heavily anti-military and just sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/5/2010

    " This is a wonderful series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 9/5/2010

    " One of my favorite D Leons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Marie | 9/1/2010

    " This series just gets better! A perfect book to read on Bart as I went back and forth into the City for 3 days for my Venice seminar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 6/6/2010

    " Pretty good. Set in Venice. "

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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.