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Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories

Narrated by: Mark Meadows
Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)
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Summary

Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories is a brilliant collection of short stories, personally chosen by Andrea Camilleri, following Inspector Montalbano from his very first case in Vigàta, in which he stumbles upon a young girl lurking outside a courthouse with a pistol in her handbag. When she is taken in for questioning and won't utter a single word, Montalbano must find another way to learn whom she is trying to kill and why....

Other cases include a missing woman who has run away from the love of her life, an old married couple who appear to be rehearsing their suicides and a crime so dark there's only one person the inspector can call for help.

With twists and turns aplenty, these short stories have all the wit, mystery and culinary gusto that Camilleri's fans have come to love him for.

©2018 Andrea Camilleri (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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poorly read in cockney accent.

awful to listen to. Never finished it. The narration was tedious, and the cockney accent for the villans and some characters was ridiculous in the context of a Sicilian drama.

I had been really looking forward to this but was utterly disappointed.

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Loved the TV series and love the audible book more

Amazing book great stories and great performance by the reader...ok some of the character accents might be a bit of a concern to some but to me fine.

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  • Kevin
  • Rotherham, United Kingdom
  • 04-12-18

Very Enjoyable

Mark does a great job of these short stories and if you love Montalbano then you won’t be disappointed!

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Really enjoyed this audiobook.

I was a little unsure when I ordered this book but it was as interesting, if not more, than the TV series.
The use of the different English dialects brought out the humour into a serious plot.
Well done and I would like to hear more.

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  • DR
  • 23-08-18

Accents and manner

I love this stuff. Mark Meadows, well done on playing all those characters and to the guys who produced and directed etc. The Scottish accent was exquisite 😃

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Oh dear, oh dear.......................

This is a good fun book, I read it a while back, but wanted an audiobook copy too, so was pleased to see it offered.

So why the one star?

Well the narrator might be good for all I know, and he does have a fair range of accents. Sadly none of these get within a couple of thousand miles of Sicily or Italy, or for that matter anywhere south of Basingstoke. If you fancy hearing pheasants talking in Norfolk yokel, while discussing their goats getting lost on the mountains. It is all too terrible, really terrible. No I mean this, I really do, it is unremittingly awful.

You might think it might be funny - well have a go, it was for a few minutes. I tried to get through it but no, it is too too terrible.

Thanks for nothing audible, it's going back for return.

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