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Death at Sea

Narrated by: Mark Meadows
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

A collection of mysteries, adapted for BBC4’s Inspector Montalbano series.

From the title story, Death at Sea, in which the alleged manslaughter of an engineer upon a fishing trawler leads Inspector Montalbano to uncover an even more sinister crime, Andrea Camilleri takes his listeners through eight cunning cases from the Vigàtan police files. 

Starting with an arson attack on a hotel that leaves the distraught owner as the chief suspect; to the mysterious case of a woman who goes missing in an underpass with a million lira in her handbag; to a threat on Montalbano’s own life, as an anonymous motorcyclist takes a shot at the detective.

Featuring stories adapted for BBC4’s Inspector Montalbano, this is the perfect place to start listening to Sicily’s favourite crime author.

©2018 Andrea Camilleri (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Atmospheric Montalbano

This collection of Montalbano’s early cases does not disappoint and is very different in atmosphere and pace to its British counterparts.
Even the more violent episodes have a more detached feel to them than the more ‘in your face’ examples of the genre.
An acquired taste but worth the effort,especially if you are a devotee of the TV adaptations.

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I miss Grover Gardner as narrator

While Andrea Camilleri's writing is as fun as ever, Mark Meadows' narration could really be improved. While he's not unbearable he does two things I sincerely hope he will change if he narrates future books:
1. What has poor Fazio done to be given such a stupid voice? He's Montalbano's capable right-hand man and does not deserve to sound like a strung out, stuffy-nosed idiot.
2. Please please stop over-exaggerating your "Italian" intonations on Italian words. I appreciate that they are pronounced correctly but we do not need the exact same, over-egged, down-up!-down-down intonation on every single Italian word. Over and over. Please just speak them normally as you're not using an Italian accent (thank God) throughout.
Most of all though, I miss Grover Gardner. Where is he? Why isn't he narrating anymore?