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. There he intends to pass his days rowing and his nights reading Pliny's Natural History. The recuperative stay goes according to plan, and Brunetti is finally able to relax until Davide Casati, the caretaker of the house, goes missing following a sudden storm. Nobody can find him - not his daughter, not his friends, and not the woman he'd been secretly visiting. Now Brunetti feels compelled to investigate, to set aside his holiday and discover what happened to the man who had recently become his friend.
In Earthly Remains, Donna Leon shows Venice through an insider's eyes. From family meals and vaporetti rides to the never-ending influx of tourists and suffocating political corruption, the details and rhythms of everyday Venetian life are at the core of this thrilling novel and of the terrible crime at its heart.
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By Amazon Customer jo on 23-04-2017
I enjoyed the story, the unusual setting and the message.
I was disappointed with the narration and didn't like the change in voices which sounded stilted and dated, surprising for such an experienced actor. I woul d have preferred a straight reading.
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By Di on 30-04-2017
Donna Leon paints with words.
This book is based not so much in Venice but out on the Venitian Laguna. I just really appreciate the detailed picture of the surroundings that Donna Leon creates. You can see the scene so clearly. I throughly enjoyed the book, although the subject she has written about is a pretty distressing one. It all seems to be centred around one character but as Guido Brunetti starts to ask questions about his new friend it becomes apparent that there is something more complex in his past.
I have listened to all the Brunetti books that Audible has and was so pleased to see that another had been released. Lovely to be whisked off to Venice and the Islands of the Lagoon again. Also to catch up with the characters that bring it all to life. A fantastic series of books. Highly recommend.
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By Andrea Edan on 18-05-2017
Another Venetian tale for a few hours relaxation
Where does Earthly Remains rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
As a light novel, it is well written and the narrator is familiar with the type of books that Donna Leon writes. I look forward to the next one.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Brunetti of course. He is wonderful and makes one wish that there were real policemen like him.
Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes. Always good.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Absolutely. A good story, nice background and excellent narration.
Any additional comments?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful