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    • The Temptation of Forgiveness

    • Commissario Brunetti, Book 27
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Sibley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon, read by David Sibley. When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife's, who is fearful that her son is using drugs. A few weeks later, Tullio Gasparini, the woman's husband, is found unconscious with a serious head injury at the foot of a bridge, and Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy’s behaviour. But the truth is not straightforward.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Spoilt by narration

    • By Mrs Madeleine Oswald on 11-02-19

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Death at La Fenice

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: Richard Morant
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This takes me to Venice

    • By Alison Semple on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £17.19

    • Earthly Remains

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    During the interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Commissario Guido Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the aftermath he begins to doubt his career choices and realises that he needs a break from the stifling problems of his work. Granted leave from the Questura, Brunetti is shipped off by his wife, Paola, to a villa owned by a wealthy relative on Sant'Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the Venetian laguna.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Donna Leon paints with words.

    • By Di on 30-04-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Waters of Eternal Youth

    • Brunetti 25
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    In The Waters of Eternal Youth, the 25th instalment in the best-selling Brunetti series, our commissario finds himself drawn into a case that may not be a crime at all. Brunetti is investigating a cold case by request of the Grand Contessa Lando-Continui, a friend of Brunetti's mother-in-law. Fifteen years ago the Contessa's teenage granddaughter, Manuela, was found drowning in a canal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brunetti 25

    • By Mrs. Margaret Taylor on 09-08-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Golden Egg

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    Twenty-one years ago, when a conductor was poisoned and the Questura sent a man to investigate, readers first met Commissario Guido Brunetti. Since 1992’s Death at La Fenice, Donna Leon and her shrewd, sophisticated, and compassionate investigator have been delighting readers around the world. For her millions of fans, Leon’s novels have opened a window into the private Venice of her citizens, a world of incomparable beauty, family intimacy, shocking crime, and insidious corruption.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A pleasant meander in Venice

    • By Kirstine on 18-05-13

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Question of Belief

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    As Venice experiences a debilitating heatwave, Commissario Brunetti prepares to escape the city and spend time with his family in the mountains. For Ispettore Vianello, however, the weather is the last thing on his mind; it appears his aunt has become obsessed with horoscopes and has been withdrawing large amounts of money from the family business. Not knowing what to do, he consults Brunetti and asks permission to trail her. This ‘unofficial’ investigation leads them to the flat of Stefano Gorini.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Favourite so far

    • By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 01-05-15

    Regular price: £20.09

    • By Its Cover

    • Commissario Brunetti, Book 23
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    By Its Cover is the much anticipated twenty-third instalment in Donna Leon's bestselling crime series, where Commissario Brunetti is better than ever as he addresses questions of worth and value alongside his ever-faithful team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra. When several valuable antiquarian books go missing from a prestigious library in the heart of Venice, Commissario Brunetti is immediately called to the scene.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator

    • By Gillian M. on 24-05-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Falling in Love

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    In Death at La Fenice, Donna Leon’s first novel in the Commissario Brunetti series, readers were introduced to the glamorous and cut-throat world of opera and to one of Italy’s finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli - then a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor. Now, many years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to the illustrious La Fenice to sing the lead in Tosca. As an opera superstar, Flavia is well acquainted with attention from adoring fans and aspiring singers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Style over substance

    • By Michael Lynes on 16-03-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Sea of Troubles

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    The murder of two clam fishermen off the island of Pellestrina, south of the Lido on the Venetian lagoon, draws Commissario Brunetti into the island's close-knit community, bound together by a code of loyalty and a suspicion of outsiders worthy of the Mafia. When the Vice-Questore's secretary Signorina Elettra volunteers to visit the island, where she has relatives, Brunetti finds himself torn between his duty to solve the murders, concerns for Elettra's safety, and his not entirely straightforward feelings for her....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible reading

    • By Margret V. on 07-09-15

    Regular price: £20.00

    • Wilful Behaviour

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    When one of his wife Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it, beyond being intrigued and attracted by the girl's intelligence and moral seriousness. But when she is found murdered, clearly stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo is suddenly no longer simply Paola's student, but Brunetti's case ...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Predictable good fun by Leon

    • By Maximilian on 03-12-14

    Regular price: £20.09

    • Friends in High Places

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Brunetti's investigations take him into unfamiliar areas of Venetian life, drug abuse and loan-sharking, while the deaths of two young drug addicts and the arrest, and subsequent release, of a suspected drug-dealer reveal, once again, what a difference it makes in Venice to have friends in high places.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good as usual

    • By Kirstine on 15-11-07

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Fatal Remedies

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: John Nettles
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    For Commissario Guido Brunetti it began with an early morning phone call. A sudden act of vandalism had just been committed in the chill Venetian dawn, a rock thrown in anger through the window of a building in the deserted city. But soon Brunetti finds out that the perpetrator is no petty criminal intent on some annoying anonymous act. For the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene of the crime is none other than Paola Brunetti, his wife.

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Drawing Conclusions

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    When Anna Maria Giusti returns from holiday to find her elderly neighbour Constanza Altavilla dead, with blood on the floor near her head, she immediately alerts the police. Commissario Brunetti is called to the scene and it seems the woman has suffered a fatal heart attack. Patta, the Vice-Questore, is eager to dismiss the case as a death from natural causes, but Brunetti believes that there is more to it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intelligent, erudite and thoroughly absorbing.

    • By Annie on 13-05-11

    Regular price: £18.00

    • About Face

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    At a dinner party given by his parents-in-law, Commissario Brunetti meets Franca Marinello, the wife of a prosperous Venetian businessman. He’s charmed – perhaps too charmed, suggests his wife Paola – by her love of Virgil and Cicero, but shocked by her appearance. A few days later, Brunetti is visited by Carabinieri Maggior Filippo Guarino from the nearby city of Marghera.

    Regular price: £20.09

    • Blood From a Stone

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a man is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares before his death - fake handbags of every designer label. Officially termed a venditore ambulante or extracomunitario, the dead man was working as a vu cumpra, one of the many Black Africans purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits. Arriving on the scene, Commissario Brunetti's response matches that of everybody involved: why would anyone kill a vu cumpra?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent Brunetti story

    • By Caroline on 21-07-13

    Regular price: £20.09

    • Beastly Things

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 21
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    When a body is found floating in a canal, disfigured and with multiple stab wounds, Commissario Brunetti is called to investigate and is convinced he recognises the man from somewhere. However, with no identification except for the distinctive shoes the man was wearing, and no reports of people missing from the Venice area, the case cannot progress. Brunetti soon realises why he remembers the dead man, and asks Signorina Elettra if she can help him find footage of a farmers' protest the previous autumn.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • New narrator please!

    • By J Halle on 09-05-12

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Heimliche Versuchung

    • Guido Brunetti 27
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: Joachim Schönfeld
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    Als eine Bekannte von Paola in der Questura vorspricht, glaubt Brunetti zunächst, sie mache sich unnötig Sorgen um ihre Familie. Da wird ihr Mann im Koma ins Krankenhaus eingeliefert. Ein Überfall und Verbindungen ins Drogenmilieu liegen nah. Konkrete Anhaltspunkte fehlen. Und doch stößt der Commissario aller­orten auf Betrügereien, ja sogar auf ein Leck in der Ques­tura. Fakten bekommt er keine zu fassen, geschweige denn einen Täter. Aber sein Gerechtigkeitssinn lässt ihm keine Ruhe.

    Regular price: £16.29

    • Through a Glass Darkly

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    A luminous spring day in Venice, and Commissario Brunetti and his sidekick Vianello play hooky from the Questura along the Grand Canal to rescue Vianello's friend Marco, who has been arrested during an environmental protest. They get him released, only to be faced by the fury of the man's father-in-law, who owns a glass factory on Murano. The old man is seething with rage, and his daughter shares her fear with Brunetti that he will actually hurt her husband.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Uniform Justice

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Neither Commissario Brunetti nor his wife Paolo have ever had much sympathy for the Italian armed forces, so when a young cadet is found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice's elite military academy, Brunetti's emotions are complex: pity and sorrow for the death of a boy, close in age to his own son, and contempt and irritation for the arrogance and high-handedness of the boy's teachers and fellow-students.

    Regular price: £20.09

    • A Question of Belief

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    As Venice experiences a debilitating heatwave, Commissario Brunetti prepares to escape the city and spend time with his family in the mountains. However, the weather is the last thing on Ispettore Vianello’s mind; it seems his aunt has become obsessed with horoscopes and has been withdrawing large amounts of money from the family business. Not knowing what to do, he consults Brunetti and asks permission to unofficially trail her, which leads to the flat of Stefano Gorini. But who is this man?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Please Provide These in an Unabridged Version

    • By Madeleine on 21-04-10

    Regular price: £11.99

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