I tried this book after hearing the interview with the author, David Hewson, and hearing the first chapter on the Audible Newsletter. I wasn't disapp..Show More »ointed. I often am filled with admiration for the ingenuity of crime writers in the novel ways they conjure up to murder people. Hewson, in this book, surpasses most in the sheer audacity of the methods used in the multiple murders he describes.
Though a long book, it never flagged and kept one gripped to the end. It's not just a crime story: the characters come to life in ones imagination.
Another reviewer disliked the use of a Lancashire accent for one of the characters. I disagree: Italy, like the UK, must have numerous regional accents and the only way to depict this for us the the UK is to use our regional variations. On a practical note the various accents helped me, at least, to keep track of the different characters-a great help in an audio book.
I intend to listen to the rest of the series as I've been hooked by this first book.
Well if I thought the first book in the Rome series was narrated badly, then this one is awful. I am about an hour from finishing it. The listener w..Show More »ill have to endure all of the Italian characters (i.e. most of the characters in the book) being narrated in an accent like 'oh shuddup-a-ya-face'.
I do not know how much this has detracted from this book but I am also disappointed by the main thread of this story - a story often related by less able authors and dirty old men. I also really disliked Eyes Wide Shut for similar reasons.
I am going to proceed to listen to the 5th in the Rome series, safe in the knowledge that Saul Reichlin is reading it, and hope that it will be much less gratuitous than this, the second.
I am aware that this has disturbed me much more than any of the violence in other books - this may be true for other female listeners.
Good fast paced police/spy thriller with excellent delivery by the reader. The characters have depth and are believable, the story intriguing with g..Show More »ood well thought out plot. A very enjoyable listen, I would be interested in more from this author and reader.
I've only recently discovered David Hewson's writings. I've been working my way through his Rome detective series and have been impressed by the shee..Show More »r range of imaginative stories he has thought up. He creates a great sense of atmosphere and place (this story is set in Venice). He has created a quartet of characters who come alive on the page as one follows their progress through the series. Although each book stands alone as a great listen, there is merit in following the series chronologically as there are developments that unfold across time.
The sequence of books has different narrators but the one for this book is particularly good.
This is a further instalment in the lives and work of policeman Costa and colleagues in David Hewson's Rome series. The author's fertile imagination,..Show More » yet again, conjures up an extraordinary story that mixes police detection, forensic science, religion and Italian art that carries one along wanting to know what happens next in this long recording. The book stands alone as a great story, but you'll get more out of it if you've listened to the earlier books in this series and thus know some of the background to the main characters, who are brought wonderfully to life by Saul Reichlin's outstanding performance in reading the text. Performance being the operative word as he doesn't just read the words: he, using a full range of voices, dramatizes the book as if it's almost a audio play.
As a bonus you get to learn quite a bit about the Caravaggio and Italian art: sequences of discourse that relieves some of the tension created by the furious pace of other parts of the book.
I've listened to all the Nic Costa series and have really enjoyed them, especially when read by Saul Reichlin. Much of their appeal is the setting in ..Show More »Rome and in my opinion, something was lost by transferring the team to San Fransisco. There is little interaction between Costa, Peroni and co which I missed and I found it hard to sympathise with any of the new American characters. Hewson writes brilliantly and his plot is ingenious but too complicated and contrived for me. If I had read Dante's Inferno or seen Vertigo I might have enjoyed it more. For the first time I was glad when the audio book came to an end but it won't stop me listening to the next one, especially if it's back on home ground.
I have enjoyed David Hewson's previous books in his Rome Series, of which this is the eighth. His hall-mark style is to link a modern police investiga..Show More »tion to some historical event, old document or work of art. In this story it's a mythological being, the Blue Demon, from the time of the Etruscans. All the familiar characters are in on the investigation: Nick Costa, Peroni, Theresa Lupo, Falconi, et al. I found this a complicated tale to keep track of as it involved so many threads: political intrigue and corruption, terrorist cells, sleeper operatives from the cold war era, the various mafia-type organizations and clues from the Estruscan era and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. There was more similarity to Frederick Forsyth's style of thriller than other books in the Rome series. By the end of the book I was beginning to think that the author had stretched credibility even further from reality than usual, however, he tacked on a short history of the shenanigans and corruption in the recent Italian political arena which reminded me that it wasn't so preposterous after all.
As usual Saul Reichlin does a magnificent job in bringing the characters to life.
I've listened to all eight of the previous books in Hewson's Rome series following the detectives: Nic Costa, Giani Peroni and Leo Falconi and their c..Show More »ollaboration with pathologist Teresa Lupo. If you've followed the series you'll know the author's style of combining a contemporary crime with an historical event often depicted in a painting. Each book has a stand-alone story, but you do get more insight into the characters by following the series chronologically. This ninth book is an intriguing crime story that resonates with an execution of a young women, Beatrice Censi, who was beheaded four hundred years earlier for killing her father. The modern day story involves the death of Malise Gabriel an English academic who falls to his death: is it an accident or murder? Mina, the daughter of the dead man identifies with Beatrice. But don't be surprised that the solution is not simple and there are twists and turns throughout the book. Great stuff.
Saul Reichlin is a superb narrator and all the Italian words flow off his tongue like a native as they do when he reads all the Swedish words in the Steig Larsson, Millennium trilogy.