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by | Read by David Colacci

Mystery & Suspense • 9.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

Could we talk about accents? The principal characters here are Venetians living in Venice. David Colacci's choice to play them all as if they were Italians speaking English in New Jersey obliterates variations of class or region that give texture to a story and that varying accents might otherwise convey. Here when Police Commisar Brunetti speaks with a contessa, a gypsy from Hungary, a German-born carabinieri, or his boss with the rough Palermo accent, Colacci has nowhere to go with it. Instead they all sound like an American imitation of a single Italian accent. This flaw distances us from characters the author intends us to identify with, robs them of familiarity and the story of gravitas. Nor does the story really hit its marks. Very seriously disappointing. B.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2008]



Trade Ed. • BBC Audiobooks America • 2008

CD ISBN 978-1-6028-3404-0 $29.95 • Eight CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • BBC Audiobooks America • 2008

CD ISBN 978-0-7927-5489-3 $79.95 • Eight CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 978-0-7927-5515-9 $54.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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