When, one dark night in November, Prince Ludovico Ruspanti fell 150 feet to his death in the chapel at St. Peter's, Rome, there were a number of questions to be answered. Inspector Aurelio Zen finds that getting the answers isn't easy, as witness after witness is mysteriously silenced - by violent death. To crack the secret of the Vatican, Zen must penetrate the most secret place of all: the Cabal.
©1992 Michael Dibdin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
I love listening to books as don't always have time to read them. Mainly into Spy novels or Funny fantasy novels like the Discworld series.
good story and there is no clear villain till the end but does end slightly abruptly, made me get the next book in the series to see what happens
I was looking forward to listening to this book as I love to read the Aurelio Zen books. Unfortunately, however the narration was very oddly done. The emphasis seemed to be in all the wrong places as if the narrator was reading something he had never seen before and was failing to make sense of what he was reading. This is very odd as Michael Kitchen is a very good actor. I doubt I will finish the book for this reason, I have tried to listen to it several times but rarely get very far.
"Just thinking about this story makes me smile"
What a treasure.
There is macabre humour in the story's symmetry.The start and finish.
Zen very patiently explains why a death in the Vatican is suicide and a death in Rome is murder.
Kitchen is the perfect reader who does convey the nuance behind Aurelio Zen's appearance of professional behaviour as he determines his course of action in difficult circumstances.
Forget the series you may have seen on TV. This story written by Michael Dibden, read by Michael Kitchen is one you will listen to again and again.
"Deception everywhere and a satisfying conclusion"
Both story and narration are in my top ten.
Zen has always skated on the edge of the corrupt Italian system, I was on tenterhooks following him as he descended deeper into it's murky waters. Deception on all sides with a satisfying conclusion.
Michael Kitchen has an incredibly versatile voice. He largely uses vocal light and shade to distinguish the characters and speaks with absolute clarity. This adds another dimension to Michael Dibdin's wonderful writing.
This book had me laughing and close to tears at times.
"This series just gets better and better"
Michael Dibdin's writing is tighter and so easy to listen to. In face Michael Kitchen is the best for this series. Not looking forward to the next book as I understand he does not do it. The Cabal is the best thus far and I was a little sad when it ended. Having PBD (Post Book Depression) isn't my idea of fun. I will get over it and get on with the next book. This story is so clever and interesting. Listen to this book or miss something you should of experienced in life.
"Great story, great reader"
For fans of Michael Dibdin, this is a real treat. Michael Kitchen is perfect for Zen and his adventures.
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