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This is an astonishingly intricate work of fiction. The plot is complex but not complicated; the characters are very believable and are sensitively drawn; the Venetian landscape bubbles beautifully under the story without ever trying to take centre stage. I also found our policeman's day-to-day life every bit as enthralling as the mystery he is trying to unravel. Donna Leon draws the reader/listener into the life of this ordinary Italian policeman and allows you a glimpse into a home life that you feel could very well be that of millions of other Italians. Andrew Sachs is superb. His narrative voice is compelling and his effortless, subtle transition between the various voices can fool you into thinking you are listening to a whole cast of different characters.
I don't often give audiobooks a second listen, but I will be happy to hear this one again before too long. Excellent. The best in my library so far.
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Where does Drawing Conclusions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Easy listening whilst walking my pup in the park. Enjoyed listening a second time to fill the gaps and will definitely listen again and recommend to my family. Andrew Sachs was a brilliant narrator.
Would you recommend Drawing Conclusions to your friends? Why or why not?
I have already recommended it to my book club and would definitely recommend to friends but not to all of them. It is a good read but some what sanitised.
What about Andrew Sachs’s performance did you like?
OMG he is so easy to listen to. Would definitely listen to him read again. Awesome!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Lets meet at 10 to interview the suspect.
Any additional comments?
A detective who is married and balances work and family life. He listens, thinks, shares and listens again before he reacts. Love him.