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Aurelio Zen: A Long Finish (Aurelio Zen Mysteries (AudioGo)) [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Michael Dibdin , Michael Kitchen
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2 Jun 2011 Aurelio Zen Mysteries (AudioGo)
Michael Kitchen reads this complete, full-length "Aurelio Zen" novel by bestselling author Michael Dibdin. Fresh from the successful investigation of a series of crimes in Naples, Aurelio Zen is given another unorthodox assignment: to release the jailed scion of an important wine-growing family who is accused of a brutal murder. Zen travels to Piedmont, where amongst the quiet fields, autumnal skies and crumbling farmhouses, he must try to penetrate a traditional culture in which family and soil are inextricably linked. Here secrets can last for generations, and have a finish as long and lingering as that of a good Barbaresco. As Zen struggles to dig up long-buried truths, he must also face up to mysteries from his own past...This is a complete and unabridged reading by Michael Kitchen. "The best detective novelist around". ("Sunday Times").

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408469863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408469866
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Dibdin was born in 1947. He went to school in Northern Ireland, and later to Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada. He lived in Seattle. After completing his first novel, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, in 1978, he spent four years in Italy teaching English at the University of Perugia. His second novel, A Rich Full Death, was published in 1986. It was followed by Ratking in 1988, which won the Gold Dagger Award for the Best Crime Novel of the year and introduced us to his Italian detective - Inspector Aurelio Zen. In 1989 The Tryst was published to great acclaim and was followed by Vendetta in 1990, the second story in the Zen series. Dirty Tricks was published in 1991. Inspector Zen made his third appearance in Cabal, which was published in 1992. The Dying of the Light, an Agatha Christie pastiche, was published in 1993. His fourth Zen novel, Dead Lagoon, was published the following year. His next novel, Dark Spectre, was published in 1995. Two more Zen novels followed: Cosi Fan Tutti, set in Naples, was published in 1996 and A Long Finish was published in 1998. Blood Rain, the seventh Zen novel, was published in 1999. Thanksgiving was published in 2000, with the eighth Zen, And Then You Die, appearing in 2002. Aurelio Zen returned in Medusa, in August 2003, and then again in Back to Bologna in 2005. His last novel, End Games, was published posthumously in July 2007.

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Fresh from the successful investigation of a series of crimes in Naples, that admirably devious and dour Italian police inspector Aurelio Zen returns to his office in Rome to discover that a new set of bureaucrats is in power--with plans to punish him for his success by sending to him Sicily to fight the Mafia. Fate, in the form of a powerful film director, offers a way out: Zen is to go instead to Piedmont, where the murder of a noted winemaker--apparently by his son and heir--threatens the future of one of the film director's favourite vintages. Even though Zen is a Venetian by birth and drinks "fruity, fresh vino sfuso from the Friuli intended to be consumed within the year", as the director sarcastically notes, he can still see how important the case can be to his future--especially if it keeps him away from deadly Sicily. Not only wine but also truffles are involved in a growing series of murders in the area around Alba, and Michael Dibdin (an English writer who lives in Seattle but must spend lots of time in Italy) once again manages to capture the heart, soul and stomach of the region. Zen, whose personal life is gradually revealed and expanded in each book in the series, finds out several surprising things about being a father in this one. Previous Zen titles include Cosi Fan Tutti, Dead Lagoon, Ratking and Vendetta. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Once again, Dibdin delivers unforgettable characters in a tightly woven plot." --"The Globe and Mail ""Dibdin has a gift for shocking the unshockable reader. He writes the unmentionable, calmly and with devastating effect." --Ruth Rendell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Finish, Michael Dibdin 12 April 2005
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Superb. If you've not read Dibdin, yet consider yourself a connoseur of crime fiction, you must rectify the situation: he's one of the greatest alive. No question.
A Long Finish is the sixth Zen, but do not start here. Go back to the beginning, to Ratking, and then simply chomp your way through the series, looking forward to this particular little gem (my favourite so far). In it we see Zen sent to Piedmont. He would be posted to Sicily, were it not for the influence of someone who wants a very important matter straightening out: the head of a wine-making family has been murdered, his son arrested and charged with the crime. The person-of-influence wants only one thing: the son released (innocent or not), so that the vines can be harvested and the year's vintage produced. Zen is the man for the job. So, off he goes, glad to escape the prospect of Sicily, a posting he has been dreading.
These Zen novels are brilliant. I've only discovered them in the past few months, but Dibdin's already become one of my new favourite authors (Rankin, Connelly, Dibdin, in the male-crime-writing stakes, probably). Zen is such a marvellous character, cunning and cynical, desperately self-serving at times, and yet (as she shows in this book), he has a sometimes-inconvenient (and foolish!) heart. He's witty, charming, sly, a unique creation.
Dibdin's writing suits his character perfectly: it too is cynical, sly, cunning, clever, and yet heart-felt. It's also, at times, hilarious (one characters eats in a restaurant and then "proceeded to damn the meal with praise so faint as to be virtually imperceptible").
I raced through this book in a day. The plot moves quickly (and is less convoluted than in his earliest Zen novels), the cahracters are fascinated and hugely entertaining, and the conclusion is, well, a triumph of restrained barbarism. I enjoyed it hugely. Hugely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Review of the CD version, read by Michael Kitchen Aurelio Zen: A Long Finish (Aurelio Zen Mysteries (AudioGo))

To start with, I wondered if I was ever really going to get into the book. Michael Kitchen's reading style is ... unusual to say the least; however, those who enjoy his performances in Foyle's War will be prepared for this to a certain extent. Pauses are made in unusual places,and words are run together where a pause might have made more sense; however the plot is intriguing and the book did manage to keep me hooked for several hours of my long journey home from Spain.

Set in a wine producing area to the North of Italy, Aurelio Zen is sent to discover who murdered a well known wine producer. Further murders follow on, and red herrings intersperse with true clues, leaving you unsure in many places: - Who did it, how and why?
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For reasons connected with the Byzantine nature of Italian politics Zen arrives in a Piedmontese town to investigate a murder. The unhelpful 'helpful' locals and the hicktown Carabiniere, who seem more disposed to get him back to Rome post-haste rather than investigate the crime, combine with his unprepossessing accomodation and a cold to disenchant him with the whole business. But, there again, there are few more Byzantine than Aurelio Zen so can all be as it seems? As usual every character appears to have their own agenda, even the rail and bus crews.

Besides attempting to see through the fog of obfuscation, and the farragoes of half-truths, and various lies with which he is amply supplied Zen has to deal with another problem. He is faced with an apparent nebulous presence which taunts him mercilessly at the most inopportune of moments, and who's connection with the case he is at a loss to understand. The resolution of this problem I found a little less than satisfying though not altogether bizarre.

Gradually, with the plentiful application of truffles and an almost limitless supply of Barbaresco, some of questionable origin, our stolid hero, who is in no great rush to return to the capital, doggedly ploughs his way through an apparent miasma of rustic gourmandise, filial hatred, ramshackle alliances, aristocratic savoir faire, official ineptitude, and internecine rivalries not quite bordering upon open warfare as the investigation ambles to its conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Finish- but brilliant getting there! 14 July 2011
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Brilliant is an over used word in many books especially if you are a fan.
But Aurelio Zen is a fabulous character and they are set in the exotic (to the non Italian ) world of Italy and Italian Crime in particular.
If you liked the TV series your will love the books. If you liked either you will love this unabridged audio book which comes in at a very reasonable price.
Whilst I enjoyed the TV series, the books have our hero Zen as being a lot more world weary and dogged than he appears in the TV programme portray by Rufus Sewel, and he is all the better for that. The other major star of the books is of course Italy itself or rather the Italian way of viewing the world and in this Dibdin is a master. That is the extra hook which the reader finds so wonderfully delicious.

The unabridged books is 9 hours long and not a moment is wasted (so should that be 9 hours short?_ by Michael Kitchen's wonderful narration.

I must admit I listened to it in the car and if any thing outside distracted me I `rewound' to the start of the section.
It is that good.
I found myself, just like my fellow reviewers staying in the car to catch the last 5 minutes of the section (although as to listening to it whilst Ironing like a fellow reviewer ... no chance!)
The great news is that there are a whole series of Zen books to discover read the Amazon reviews to select the better or why not treat yourself and read the whole lot in order?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoy all Michael Dibdin's books.
Published 4 days ago by DG
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoy the Aurelio Zen stories. They are involving and enjoyable to read
Published 11 days ago by PaulaP
5.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable Zen story
This is about the third Zen book I have read and it proved to be as good as the rest. A few twists and turns and the odd red herring before all is revealed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by character change.
Enjoyable read good storyline, but found Zen's character so different from earlier novels. Nevertheless would recommend to anyone who enjoys thrillers.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. A. L. Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Zen
I am a big fan of the series and enjoy all of these books. Have not been let down by any of them.Will keep buying them and reading them.
Published 8 months ago by Dr. S. Balboa
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Brilliant atmosphere with incredible twists in the plot, right up to the last minute. Author has a fertile imagination for his characters' fates!
Published 10 months ago by Aurelio
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A very good read especially since the series on TV, now you can put a face to Aurelio Zen. If you like the genre read it.
Published 13 months ago by David N Dennis
3.0 out of 5 stars Zen
Although there are elements which you recognise will lead to something the end is still unexpected. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Annie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Long Finish
First came across Aurelio Zen on television and very much enjoyed the experience and in the same way discovered Inspector Montalbano. Read more
Published 21 months ago by C. ANTJOULE
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is my second Aurelio Zen audio book, I find it makes a huge change listening to a book rather than reading it. This audiobook comes on 8 CDs. Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by Mrs. A. M. Chadwick
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