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Salvation of a Saint

Written by: Keigo Higashino,Alexander O. Smith - translator
Narrated by: David Pittu
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the internationally best-selling, award-winning The Devotion of Suspect X comes the latest novel featuring "Detective Galileo". 

In 2011, The Devotion of Suspect X was a hit with critics and listeners alike. The first major English language publication from the most popular best-selling writer in Japan, it was acclaimed as "stunning", "brilliant", and "ingenious". Now physics professor Manabu Yukawa - Detective Galileo - returns in a new case of impossible murder, where instincts clash with facts and theory with reality. 

Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect - except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty. While Utsumi’s instincts tell her one thing, the facts of the case are another matter. So she does what her boss has done for years when stymied - she calls upon Professor Manabu Yukawa. 

But even the brilliant mind of Dr. Yukawa has trouble with this one, and he must somehow find a way to solve an impossible murder and capture a very real, very deadly murderer. 

Salvation for a Saint is Keigo Higashino at his mind-bending best, pitting emotion against fact in a beautifully plotted crime novel filled with twists and reverses that will astonish and surprise even the most attentive and jaded of listeners.

DAVID PITTU is a two-time Tony Award nominee, as well as the award-winning narrator of countless audiobooks, ranging in genre from young adult (Scholastic’s 39 Clues series) to spy fiction (Olen Steinhauer’s The Last Tourist and Milo Weaver series) to the contemporary fiction of authors such as Jeffrey Eugenides (The Marriage Plot) and Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch) and many more.

Pittu received the Audie Award for Best Male Solo Narration for The Goldfinch, which also received the Audie for Best Literary Fiction. 

Not only a veteran theater actor, he works regularly in film and television. He lives in New York City.

©2008 Keigo Higashino; Translation © 2012, Alexander O. Smith (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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Absolute brilliance

I could not imagine until end how magnetic a writer can be to create such story. loved it.

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Bit too much stretch of fantasy!

This novel, though extremely fast paced, yet disappoints a reader who had read Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. The plot seems unreal as if to come to conclusion, too much twists and turns were imposed onto the storyline. The title makes no sense at all. I do not know who the saint is among the characters! The narration is good, though each woman character sounds extremely sad and muted in her tone. Overall, the novel fails to meet expectation.

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  • Patricia
  • 17-10-12

Appealing but not Compelling

Nice narration by David Pittu, however the characters in "Salvation of a Saint," tended to be without much depth, even one dimensional. The book was still interesting enough to listen to. I never felt the need to stop in disgust, but was able to listen all the way through. Just not a first class work of fiction and not much mystery there either.

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  • Molly Gordon
  • 14-11-12

Love Higashino's work

Would you consider the audio edition of Salvation of a Saint to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book, so I can't say. I can say that the narrator brought the story to life.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Hmmm. Edge of my seat? Engaged would be a better word, and I was thoroughly engaged throughout.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope. Though I did spend hours at a time listening quite happily. It's a longish listen, so the idea of one sitting (or, more accurately, one puttering) is daunting. I do think I finished it in less than three days.

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  • Howard
  • 28-01-13

Here is more proof Higashino weaves fabulous tales

This is a simpler story than the excellent Devotion of Suspect X, but the same caliber that is way beyond a traditional police procedural. Higashino has the same dedication to creating a story as his characters have in fulfilling their important roles in his eloquent stories. Salvation of a Saint is a quality story and I'm sure you will also enjoy listening to this Japanese import.

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  • Patrick
  • 24-10-12

Excellent New Translation of Japanese Mystery

Would you consider the audio edition of Salvation of a Saint to be better than the print version?

I have no idea; I didn't buy the print version. I just bought the audiobook edition. But the performance is absolutely wonderful and really brings the various characters to life. So if you have a job that gives you plenty of room for audiobooks, like I do, this is a great option.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not in the same way as, say, an action movie, but yes it did. It was an engaging battle of wits where you know who the killer is but not how it was done.

What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

It was an all-round excellent job, with the characters really coming to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, there were several such moments, but there we wander into spoiler territory.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-10-18

Great narration

David Pittu is fantastic as the narrator of this book. Makes it an even better story.

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  • Berry
  • 18-04-13

Voice for professor doesn't sound fit well

If you could sum up Salvation of a Saint in three words, what would they be?

I assume the narrator imagined "professor" is old man because of his occupation, but actually his character is supposed to be "young" and "good looking" man. The narrator's voice for professor sounds like an old man and it didn't sound right to me. Besides that, I liked the book. The trick was little bit more than possible in real life, but it actually was a part of the story.

Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I hope he understands what the each character's is like. He made Professor Yukawa's voice sound like an old man, but he supposed to be a young and good looking guy.

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  • Jami
  • 15-03-13

A Superb "How-Dun-It!"

This is the second book in this series I read and I enjoyed this one even more than The Devotion of Suspenct X. I found that since I now knew the recurring characters, it was more interesting. Also, the plot was fascinating. As with the other books in the series, you know immediately who the killer is. The fun is unraveling the intricacies of the plot - the how and the whys and the logic applied to solve the riddle. The narration is very good and I thought he did an excellent job with all of the characters. I am so happy that I listened to another Audbile member's recommendation and started with this series - otherwise, this is one I may have easily overlooked. I'm ready for the next installment!!!!!

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  • HeLEN
  • 31-01-13

unbelievable

Would you try another book from Keigo Higashino and Alexander O. Smith (translator) and/or David Pittu?

no

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something by David Matthew

What three words best describe David Pittu’s voice?

easy, clear, adequate

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed that the characters' motivations were so unbelievable

Any additional comments?

no

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  • Harold
  • 30-10-12

Good story but unnecessarily redundant

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Definitely a one-time listen. In retrospect, the story was good, but it felt like it dragged on too long. I found elements of the story re-told too often within the narrative. A condensed version of this book would likely move along at a better pace.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

One comment that I must make: the words "I'm sorry" were overused in this story to a tiresome point. I recognize that the cultural framework suggests a very polite people, but it was an irritant to hear a phrase overused.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator did a good job; however, narration cannot rescue a weak story line.

Any additional comments?

I've enjoyed so many excellent audio books from Audible. It's impossible not to compare this one rather unfavorably.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-23

Practically one sitting

Couldn't put it down, got through it in practically one sitting. Listened right after Devotion of suspect X. Will probably go through all of Higashino's mysteries.

I think I liked this one even better than X. I thought the character dramas were all pretty juicy, even between the detectives. There was a lot more personality going on in this story.

Also totally love the narration. He plays each character naturally and distinctly, and he plays different women exceptionally well. I just find his voice soothing too.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-04-19

fabulous

I loved it so much. I do wish the ending was different e.g. the perpetrator not being found 🙈🙈

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  • David W McLeod
  • 15-01-19

Misses the beat

I thoroughly enjoyed The devotion of Suspect X and looked forward to this follow up.

However, it doesnt match Suspect X for originality, succinct and terse writing style, or character development.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 11-03-17

A bit boring

I usually love Japanese crime novels but I found this pretty boring. Not enough going on.