A must read if you plan to visit Sicily--as I did. Also recommend the movie version with Burt Reynolds. Read
The chapter of his death.
First time I've heard him and loved his narration. Made the book much more enjoyable than reading would have been.
Helped me understand Sicily and Sicilians.
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If you have read the book or have seen the classic film adaptation, this is an excellent evocation of the material. If you are not familiar with it, however, I am not sure this is the best place to begin.
I bought this book because I have been to Italy and it is the anniversary of Italian Unification. It was a rich, deep study of one man's character - the leopard of the title - an Italian nobleman at the time of unification. The story was good, the reader was excellent. I am just not sure I would recommend this to too many people. I think you have a to have a special interest in Italy, Italian culture or Sicily to get the most out of this. A nice read, a nice listen. Just not the most memorable.
Symbolic without being overwrought. Splendid characters, down to the prince's dog, who is resurrected at the very end as the symbol of the demise of the noble family. The down side of the unification of Italy, and the glory and despair of Sicily. A magnificent author, beautifully anchored by the sober voice of the narrator.
I can only endorse all the positive reviews from other readers. This book is a masterpiece, and David Horovitch's reading is superb. I will be re-reading this book many times for the pleasure it provides on so many levels.
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Great narration and very enjoable story. Nicely done. David Horovitch never disappoints. I only wish Audible had more books with him.