Aurelio Zen

10 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 363 ratings

Ratking Summary

A powerful industrialist, Ruggiero Miletti, is kidnapped. Inspector Zen is transferred to Perugia to take over the case - but finds that there are many obstacles in his way. The local authorities see him as an interloper, and the victim’s family, one of the most powerful in Italy, seem content to let Miletti languish in the hands of his abductors. Zen has crossed swords with the establishment before - and lost. Can he succeed this time?

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  • Book 1

    • Ratking

    • Aurelio Zen, Book 1
    • By: Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    A powerful industrialist, Ruggiero Miletti, is kidnapped. Inspector Zen is transferred to Perugia to take over the case - but finds that there are many obstacles in his way. The local authorities see him as an interloper, and the victim’s family, one of the most powerful in Italy, seem content to let Miletti languish in the hands of his abductors. Zen has crossed swords with the establishment before - and lost. Can he succeed this time?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Idiosyncratic Narration

    • By S on 12-03-14

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 2

    • Aurelio Zen: Vendetta

    • By: Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Inspector Zen has a problem: an impossible murder, recorded on the closed-circuit video of Oscar Burolo's top-security Sardinian fortress. As Zen gets to work, he is once again plunged into a menacing and violent world where his own life is soon at risk.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great 2nd book

    • By Andy on 04-05-16

    Regular price: £18.49

  • Book 3

    • Cabal

    • Aurelio Zen, Book 3
    • By: Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    When, one dark night in November, Prince Ludovico Ruspanti fell 150 feet to his death in the chapel at St. Peter's, Rome, there were a number of questions to be answered. Inspector Aurelio Zen finds that getting the answers isn't easy, as witness after witness is mysteriously silenced - by violent death. To crack the secret of the Vatican, Zen must penetrate the most secret place of all: the Cabal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating story, well narrated

    • By London Student on 29-01-18

    Regular price: £18.49

  • Book 4

    • Aurelio Zen: Dead Lagoon

    • By: Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems. As Zen is drawn deeper into the complex and ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Love the Story, shame about the narration ...

    • By MO on 23-05-18

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 5

    • Cosi Fan Tutti

    • An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Neopolitan businessmen, politicians, and eminent mafiosi are assassinated as someone takes literally the job of cleaning up the city's tarnished image. In this mystery, Aurelio Zen discovers that in '90s 'New Italy', things are still the same.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Made me smile!

    • By Ms I Treloar on 17-07-11

    Regular price: £17.19

  • Book 6

    • A Long Finish

    • An Aurelio Zen Mystery
    • By: Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    After his adventures in Cosi Fan Tutti, Aurelio Zen finds himself back in Rome, sneezing in a damp wine cellar and being given another unorthodox assignment - to release the jailed scion of an important wine-growing family.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • one of my favourites in the series

    • By Andy on 01-07-16

    Regular price: £18.49

  • Book 7

    • Aurelio Zen: Blood Rain

    • By: Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Inspector Zen receives the order he has been dreading all his professional life: his next posting is to Sicily. Set against the backdrop of the 3000 year old city of Catania, Blood Rain reveals Aurelio Zen at his most desperate and driven.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Comedy, tragedy and acute observation

    • By Ian on 22-02-11

    Regular price: £17.19

  • Book 8

    • Aurelio Zen: And Then You Die

    • By: Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Aurelio Zen of Rome's elite Criminalpol is back, but nobody's supposed to know it. After months in hospital recovering from a bomb attack on his car, he is lying low under a false name at a beach resort on the Tuscan coast, waiting to testify in an imminent anti-Mafia trial. Zen has clear instructions: to sit back and enjoy the classic Italian beach holiday - relaxing in the sun, eating seafood and engaging in a little mild flirtation with the attractive woman sitting under the next umbrella.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A nice gentle read

    • By J on 09-02-16

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 10

    • Aurelio Zen: Back to Bologna

    • By: Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    When the corpse of the shady industrialist who owns the local football team is found both shot and stabbed with a Parmesan knife, Italian police inspector Aurelio Zen is called to Bologna to oversee the investigation. Recovering slowly from surgery and fleeing an equally painful crisis in his personal life, Zen is only too happy to take on what at first appears to be a routine and relatively undemanding assignment.

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 11

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