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Summary

Inspector Montalbano is awake at dawn, sitting on his porch, when his attention is caught by a seagull that falls from the sky, performing a strange dance, before lying down to die. Montalbano is perplexed by what he has witnessed and the scene hangs over him like an omen.

About to depart for a holiday with his girlfriend Livia, Montalbano makes a quick trip to the police station to tie up loose ends. But when his dear colleague Fazio is discovered missing, Montalbano instead launches a desperate search for his lost friend....

©2013 Andrea Camilleri (P)2013 Oakhill Publishing

Critic reviews

"Montalbano’s 15th case features more hilarious bark and some satisfying bite." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Unfortunate narration

What did you like most about The Dance of the Seagull?

I enjoyed the story and the narrative but not the narration!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Always the Inspector

Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel Philpott’s performances?

Not really. Mark Meadows does a much better job of these stories.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but the narration is jarring and makes it difficult to enjoy as much as one should. The Italian accented parts are almost comical although not meant to be.

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Distracting false Italian accent

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dance of the Seagull?

Didn't read much past the first 2 chapters.

What didn’t you like about Daniel Philpott’s performance?

I love the Montalbano stories and tv series, I own two paperbacks, but the audible book was a disappointment and I could not carry on listening after a short time. The reader's jarring theatrical Italian accent ruined this for me. Better that the story be read in straight English and allow the reader to imagine the Italian accent if he or she wants to. Or have a real Italian read it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and annoyance.

Any additional comments?

Will purchase the e book instead.

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Good stoty spoilt by narration

I have long enjoyed the Inspector Montalbano stories in books and on film, but found the narration of this one distracting and, at times, irritating. I do not think I will be listeningto them again after the ones already in my library.

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Seagull theme runs through the book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes excellent tale read by a talented Daniel Philpott with good Italian accents.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Catarella always confused and funny, plus the Inspector.

What about Daniel Philpott’s performance did you like?

Accents and bringing characters to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - over a few days

Any additional comments?

Like to see other books in the series for download

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  • mgn
  • london
  • 21-05-17

Love his books!

Sheer joy. Just completed listening to this story The Dance of the Seagull. The story is compelling and varies from other books of his. I admit I enjoy them all. The only irritating Character is the inspector's long distance girlfriend Livia. No depth to her at all except that she is charmless and annoying. Just a ploy to keep the inspector single?

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  • Judi
  • Suffolk
  • 07-06-16

A gruesome tail

A long run in and a too quick denouement, not quite a classic but
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  • Peter
  • 25-01-15

Really good read and very well read.

If you could sum up The Dance of the Seagull in three words, what would they be?

Satisfying murder mystery

What other book might you compare The Dance of the Seagull to and why?

I wouldn't, its in a league of its own.

Have you listened to any of Daniel Philpott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I plan to.

Any additional comments?

Apart from the murder bit, its actually very humerous and this comes out in the reading. I wish there were more of his books in Audible rather than just this one.

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  • Anniebligh
  • 13-02-14

Thanks to Oakhill Publishing and Daniel Philpott

I may prefer Sean Barrett as the narrator, as he does have a real skill with European stories, however having read and enjoyed so many of Camilleri novels my ear still hears the humour. And Daniel Philpott does a fair iob.

An inspector of police based in Sicily must have a sense of humour. Our aging Inspector is growing weary of the horrors he encounters and still needs to manoeuver around and through the endemic political corruption to achieve a just result. True to form when one of his men goes missing his plans for a few days and nights with Livia are forgotten.

A good story well read.

I do hope Oakhill continue to publish more Camilleri