Alison Semple

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  • Aurelio Zen: Vendetta

  • By: Michael Dibdin
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Inspector Zen has a problem: an impossible murder, recorded on the closed-circuit video of Oscar Burolo's top-security Sardinian fortress. As Zen gets to work, he is once again plunged into a menacing and violent world where his own life is soon at risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great 2nd book

  • By Andy on 04-05-16

Almost fell asleep

3 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I love Michael Kitchen as an actor but someone else should have read this book. His voice was excellent at sending me to sleep!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I'm sorry but I couldn't get to the end because I did not enjoy the reader.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kitchen?

Someone with more animation and flow.

Was Aurelio Zen: Vendetta worth the listening time?

I'm afraid it wasn't. I'm disappointed as it's just the sort of book I love reading . (I love Donna Leon books and hoped this might have the same sort of atmosphere.)

Any additional comments?

My first completely disappointing Audible purchase.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

  • By: Paul Torday
  • Narrated by: John Sessions, Samantha Bond, Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

A Richard and Judy Summer Read Selection.
Written as a "report into the circumstances surrounding the decision to introduce salmon into the Yemen", this is a novel that is made up of e-mails, letters, diary extracts, records of the prime minister's Question Time, interviews, and chapters from the memoirs of a fantastically weaselly Peter Mandelson-type figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Nicky on 03-04-07

Much more complex than the film

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

What a wonderful and enviable imagination Paul Torday has and what a magical and fascinating book. This book should not be rejected as a book about fishing! Important as this is in the story, it is far more complex and deep and has much to teach us about relationships and about human endeavour.

The setting of the book is probably unfamiliar to most readers but Paul Torday is able to take us from London to Scotland to the Yemen so that we can see these places.

The characters were both funny and desperately serious and sometimes sad - a great skill shown by the author to sketch the characters so well.

This book did translate well to film but I'm very pleased that I read it before seeing it.

  • Death at La Fenice

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

The twisted maze of Venice's canals has always been shrouded in mystery. Even the celebrated opera house, La Fenice, has seen its share of death. But nothing so horrific and violent as that of world-famous conductor, Maestro Helmut Wellauer - poisoned during a performance of La Traviata.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This takes me to Venice

  • By Alison Semple on 23-12-12

This takes me to Venice

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I've read all of the books about Inspector Brunetti and loved every one. The stories are excellent but for me, it's the atmosphere and setting of them that wins hands down. I love the way that the author describes the food and the care with which it' s produced and the beauty and fascination of the city of Venice.

The other heartening thing is the solid, loving relationship between Brunetti and his wife and their children, such a contrast with the tortured relationships in so many crime books today.

Roll on the next book and perhaps a television adaptation?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful