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Death at La Fenice

Narrated by: Richard Morant
Series: Guido Brunetti, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (219 ratings)

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Summary

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. Even Commissario of Police Guido Brunetti, used to the labyrinthine corruptions of the city, is shocked at the number of enemies Wellauer has made on his way to the top - but just how many have motive enough for murder? The beauty of Venice is crumbling. But evil is one thing that will never erode with age.

©1992 Donna Leon (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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This takes me to Venice

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?

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Venice comes "alive"

What did you like most about Death at La Fenice?

Feeling part of everyday life in Venice

What did you like best about this story?

Descriptions of travel in Venice

Which character – as performed by Richard Morant – was your favourite?

Inspector Brunetti

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

No, wanted it to last

Any additional comments?

Made me want to read more of these books

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Brilliant and timely!

Such a surprise.
Thank you Donna Leon. I enjoyed this immensely as my daughter spent a term in Venice recently.

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Venician Treat

My wife recommended Donna Leon to me and I was soon hooked. She joins other other authors writing great stories about the Italian police in action. The backdrop of Venice with its mixed of locals and international characters fleshes out the pictures painted in the story. The main characters are all 'fleshed out' well along with their families too. Richard Moran is easy to listen too.

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Slow start but it grows on you

This was really multi layered and the characters had surprising depth to them. The book was more about the people then the plot. I have tried to read the book before and given up at about chapter two but I was a captive audience in my car on a long journey and I am really glad I persevered past the first couple of chapters.

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Enthralling

A very engrossing read and recommended for vivid characterisation and accompanying a visit to the city of Venice itself

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Excellent!

The story wraps me in the very fabric of Venice.

This narrator is a superb Brunneti.

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Very good audio book

A good audible version of Brunettis first outing , it’s just a shame that Patta has been given a northern accent when he originates from Sicily which is the furthest southern party of Italy. Should have been a Kentish or Cornish voice in my view, but other than this very minor point this was a good listen.

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Unusual detective

A story with a difference, the detective appears to be a loner with no side kick, which is common these days. The ending was a little unusual be satisfying given the nature of the victim.

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Perfect when in splendid isolation!

calm manner of the reader and not too gory story line makes this a super lockdown listen

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As good as it gets

For me, audiobooks just don't get much better than this. Beautifully written, beautifully narrated. Characters we are nurtured to care about and all in such an exotic setting. Wonderful !