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I enjoy these Brunetti books not because they are intense thrillers or clever investigations but for the characters who populate the pages as they seem like old friends whose foibles and day-to-day lives make pleasant listening. There is a crime to be detected in this book but it is incidental to the pleasure of hearing about Brunetti's famiiy, his colleagues, the lovely food he eats and the atmosphere of Venice that pervades these books. David Rintoul is a great narrator.
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What did you like most about The Golden Egg?
The story has a slow place but this is not to the detriment of the novel because all Donna Leon's stories use this pace although there are moments of 'action' towards the conclusion. The reader is treated to an absorbing tale steeped in Venetian atmosphere.
What did you like best about this story?
I've read many Brunetti novels and enjoy being transported into the detective's world and his analytical mind.
Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I've not listened to David Rintoul as a narrator before, and I was impressed - he brought the story to life with the speed and tone just right.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Leon's stories always make me wonder how much of Ventian life and its people is embellished - because in this case the storyline was quite shocking. The ending was as satisfying as it could be in terms of a plot resolution.
Any additional comments?
I read this book whilst in Venice - the perfect literary companion! Hurry up and publish another novel, Donna, in time for my next trip!
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