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Summary

Deadlier than the Mafia, the Camorra never forget, and never forgive.

She is an Italian accountancy student in London, and her boyfriend Eddie teaches at a language school. But the prime reason Immacolata Borelli came to Britain was to look after her gangster brother, wanted for multiple murders back home in Naples.

For the Borelli clan are major players in the Camorra, a crime network more close-knit and ruthless than the Sicilian Mafia.

Mario Castrolami is a senior Carabinieri investigator of the Camorra, his career dedicated to destroying the corruption and violence of the clans. When Immacolata calls from London to say she is prepared to collaborate with justice - to betray her own family - he knows she is setting in motion a terrifying and unpredictable series of events.

The Borellis will not lose their criminal empire without a vicious fight. They will use anything and anyone to prevent her from giving evidence against them. Even Eddie, and Eddie's life.

©2009 Gerald Seymour (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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Stick it out, it's worth it

I give this book four stars rather than five that it could have had from me, not because of the writing, but for the audio production. Here's why: the book is written in a style that is not at linear. Rather it's written in slices that shift rapidly back and forth between parallel scenes happening simultaneously in different parts of the world. It's more like peeling back the layers of an onion than reading a straightforward narrative. The producer doesn't leave enough time between vignettes to give the listener adequate warning that you've shifted in time and place. It's not the narrator's fault or the author's, it's just a quirk of the recording. HOWEVER, if you stick it out for the first 3 hours you'll get used to it, it's worth it. The story is great, complex, compelling and a rare look at longstanding Balkan hatreds, western indifference, arms dealers and governmental hubris. A really great book that requires diligence. I recommend listening in long stretches at a time to get into the rhythm of it. Perfect for a long drive or daily long commutes.

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Disappointing

Too long, too indulgent and too wordy. Gerald Seymour has written some great books, but this is not one of them. He is resting on his laurels and needs a stronger editor. This potboiler should be two hours shorter.

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Good story but overlong.

I like the story and I listened all the way through because I really wanted to know how it would play out. However, the book was about twice as long as it needed to be. I got through it by playing the second half at 1.25x normal speed.

The narrator has a great voice and was very good at different voices and accents, though why Italians speaking Italian in Italy need to portrayed as having an accent is beyond me. Unfortunately he read as though he had no idea what the next word would be, often stripping the sentence of it's meaning.

Not bad enough to request a refund, but I won't be buying any more by this writer or narrator.

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Excellent!

What did you like most about The Collaborator?

As usual, a great plot and beautifully written.Gerald Seymour never fails to impress. And the narration by Laurence Kennedy could not have been bettered.A really excellent audio production.

Have you listened to any of Laurence Kennedy’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have never heard a performance by Laurence Kennedy before but thought this was wonderful.

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Seymour at his best

I have been reading Gerald Seymour Books since his very first novel. I don't recall ever reading a Seymour novel that hasn't gripped me from start to finish. This is my sixth Seymour novel on Audiobook and they have all been top notch and in all probability will get the books I read many years ago to listen to on Audiobook. This particular novel, The Collaborator really is an excellent read, or should I say listen. Seymour fans will not be disappointed by this offering. Long may he reign!

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  • mr
  • 11-06-21

Allright but not a classic Gerald

I am a big Seymour fan, but this one is a bit flat. fI don't think he brought anything new or incisive to the mob story thing. His usual good research and decent characters but not his best.

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Great read fr my walking

I really enjoyed this book the author is a great story teller I’m a fan of mafia stories of was interested first time I read a book by this author I would recommend it it kept me completed hooked to the end of the book plus it was company on my long walks

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Seriously Disappointed

Dour, dark and uninspiring from start to end. Not at all what I expected from this author

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  • SL
  • 10-03-15

Good story but oh the pronunciation!

Couldn't the narrator have taken the trouble to check the pronunciation of the few Italian words he had to pronounce? He massacred the language! A little professional pride and a little research would have prevented him ruining his performance. It really was irritating and painful to listen to and completely spoilt what was a good book. And it's not as if Italian is an obscure and unknown language which nobody speaks in England
The story was gripping, well written and researched and full of detail. Pity about the narrator

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Rpetitive bile

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who like to here the same description many times

Would you ever listen to anything by Gerald Seymour again?

No

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Laurence Kennedy?

I woundn't

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes you shouldn't always buy an audio book just because of the reviews

Any additional comments?

Very lazy using swear words when there are so many others to choose from i.e. a bastard drop

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  • Merle
  • 17-05-12

innocence and ignorance shattered

Would you consider the audio edition of The Collaborator to be better than the print version?

definitely, because long novels are too demanding on leisure time. I work while I listen.

What did you like best about this story?

the ordinary innocent person caught up in another's crisis because of a love bond could be any of us, the reader cannot help wondering "what would I have done?"

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

no, I enjoyed his performance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

love is blind

Any additional comments?

Gerald Seymour is definitely one of the 'greats'