• Give Unto Others

  • Commissario Brunetti Mysteries, Book 31
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (330 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brunetti is forced to confront the price of loyalty, to his past and in his work, as a seemingly innocent request leads him into troubling waters. 

What role can or should loyalty play in the life of a police inspector? It’s a question Commissario Guido Brunetti must face and ultimately answer in Give Unto Others, Donna Leon’s splendid 31st installment of her acclaimed Venetian crime series. 

Brunetti is approached for a favor by Elisabetta Foscarini, a woman he knows casually, but her mother was good to Brunetti’s mother, so he feels obliged to at least look into the matter privately, and not as official police business. Foscarini’s son-in-law, Enrico Fenzo, has alarmed his wife (her daughter) by confessing their family might be in danger because of something he’s involved with. Since Fenzo is an accountant, Brunetti logically suspects the cause of danger is related to the finances of a client. Yet his clients seem benign: an optician, a restaurateur, a charity established by his father-in-law. However, when his friend’s daughter’s place of work is vandalized, Brunetti asks his own favors - that his colleagues Claudia Griffoni, Lorenzo Vianello, and Signorina Elettra Zorzi assist his private investigation, which soon enough turns official as they uncover the dark and Janus-faced nature of a venerable Italian institution. 

Exploring the wobbly line between the criminal and non-criminal, revealing previously untold elements of Brunetti’s past, Give Unto Others shows that the price of reciprocity can be steep.

©2022 Donna Leon (P)2022 Recorded Books

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Thirty one books and still wonderful

Donna Leon writes excellent prose and dialogue. And characters, and settings. Even this, the thirty-first book in this series, puts the reader smack in the middle of Venice, with its rot, its beauty, and its crime. But, sadly, I think, like Bruno, this book is showing its age.

We have brief mentions of Bruno’s family. The dialogue within the family are some of Leon’s best so I missed having more of it.

The story itself was good. Not one of the best in the series but interesting. I was disappointed in the way the ending played out resulting in only 4 stars.

David Colacci’s narration, as always, was perfect. He is definitely the voice of Guido.

I certainly hope that we have several more Guido Brunetti books.

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All the characters are back in their best form.

Donna Leon is back in good form. This one is worth the time to read.

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Narrator is awful

Narrator voice is grating and flat. It is making the experience miserable. I wish I had NOT wasted a credit on it.

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No dead bodies

It shows a wonderful detective story, perceptive as always with Signorina Leon, can be written without an accumulation of corpses.

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Give Unto Others

Yet another amazing book by Donna Leon. The story line is good. I do like that it has current events in the book. I didn't know she had a new book out, I was just browsing through other older Brunetti books to see which ones I still need to buy and found it. My grandma was very excited when I told her about this new one and she also loves it.

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Donna Leon does it again

I am a fan. and she never lets me down. well written, great characters, great plot.

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A fan disappointed

Painfully slow. I’ve read or listened to all of the Brunetti books and have loved them all…except this one. Very little action or suspense.

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Complex.

Excellent character studies. The mystery is in the human behavior. One of her most interesting.

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Dottoressa Leon continues to inspire

A great study in contrasts - the self reflection and criticism of the good hearted Brunetti vs the self importance and egoism of the people he sometimes deals with. Leon is a writer with no contemporary equal or comparison - a dash of Balzac and a bit of le Carre’s deftness of character

Long live Brunetti & Paola .. the divine signorina Elletra and all the rest

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Best of the series

Wonderful book David’s performance is magical and having visited Venice I felt as if I was there walking along the canals