Ms. Alexandra's attention to detail is impeccable. She drew me into the story within the first few paragraphs.
I was so sad when I finished the book because Rosa had almost become a friend. I believe there were probably many "Rosas" that lived through the horrible tragedies of World War II and whose stories will never be told. The book pays tribute to those women.
In the Company of Wolves.
If you enjoy historical novels then don't miss this one. I'm looking forward to reading more of Ms. Alexandra's novels.
Exciting, romantic, struggle
The main character, Rosa, the brave Tuscan Rose
This is the first narration by Caroline Lee that I have heard, but I am frantically searching for the next. Her performance was excellent.
This book will twist you from shock to tears to laughter and outright surprise. A delightful read that you won't want to put down.
The story kept me intrigued and the Narrator made me feel like I was living the story.
She did an excellent job! She used inflection and emotion in all the right places.
Firstly I must rave about Caroline Lee as narrator, she's amazing! Her command of Italian names and phrases wowed me with each such word spoken. She has the incredible talent of speaking with the voices of all the characters with such credibility that the narrator disappears and the characters come alive. The best narrator I have ever heard.
The accounts of Italy under Mussolini and during WW II were chilling. I wanted to know more and did some research on my own. We have heard so little of Italy's involvement during the war. This was quite an eye opener.
The scene with Luciano in the tunnel moved me the most. What an incredible story.
The title belies the breadth and depth of the book, but i like its subtlety.
This is by far the best audible experience that I have had and the best book I have every 'read'.
yes, loved listening. couldn't wait to start listening again.
When Luchiano sacrificed himself to save Rosa
no, it took a couple of weeks while commuting in my car. Made the trip faster.
No. The reviews were misleading and I did not expect this kind of a story and will certainly avoid this author in the future. The narration was good, but I could not finish this weepy, predictible story. It was boring and offers nothing new.
I would never have read the book. Caroline Lee is the only thing worth while about this story
Worst choice I ever made.
The story has a promising beginning, however disappoints in many ways. Many predictable turns in it. Unrealistic in the naivety of the main character who at the same time has abundant knowledge of the world having grown up in a sheltered community of the Monastery with nuns as the only contact.
It attempts at conveying historical events of the Italian involvement in the second world war, but somehow does not ring true.
It is unnecessarily long and boring at times.
I had read 2 other books of this author White gardenia and Wild Lavender. This book has disappointed me in comparison. Lacks the atmosphere of the others.
Say something about yourself!
Yes, it read me to sleep a couple of times. I might have missed some details.
I read a piece awhile back called the Zookeepers Wife...a long winding beautiful tale that captured my attention and left me in a happy place.
Antonio and the heroic Falcon
It's a love story during the Italian struggle with facism and the resistance to the Nazi.
This is tale that puts you in Italy during the Facist regime of Mussolini and the struggle against the Nazi, Rose is a character driven by the historical events to expose the reader to the devastation these years wrought in Italy. It is an emotional listen, you will need a tissue.
Say something about yourself!
I wish I had saved this book for the long winter days. But I bought it on sale and I love Caroline Lee's narration. It is such a wonderfully written, with time appropriate horrors....I normally cannot enjoy a book in which women can be treated badly but the heroine in this book is truly that. I cannot imagine the amount of research that went into this book. I applaud this writer. Belinda Alexandra wrote an indepth interesting book that kept you in it. I didn't "love" everything in this book but it was the horror of that time and it made the gentle, the beauty stand out that much more. That grain of God that shows itself in the development of a baby, a girl, a woman, a mother. Man's inhumanity to man is appalling, disgusting but she wrote a book you can know it, read it, and still pray for these characters to make it thru. Wow, it was just so well done. For me, a listener, only Kate Morton, maybe Ann Patchett have written books with this detail. For me it is like watching a movie it plays in my head with this fabulous narrator. Also, it has that touch of the magical. I didn't mean to leave that out. She truly was a Tuscan Rose but this title belies the depth and scope of the book.
I love Caroline Lee as a narrator -- she's one of my faves! I picked this book because I had listened to The Silver Wattle and found it to be an interesting book. Yes, Belinda Alexandra is a talented writer, but I couldn't get past the "in your face" animal rights/vegetarian agenda. Give me a break! I constantly found myself rolling my eyes. It was a prominent theme in The Silver Wattle, but in this story it's just ridiculous. I stopped listening after hearing the line, "I'm seeing the spirits that have been killed to satisfy people's vanity and gluttony... the church taught that animals didn't have souls or personalities, which is why Christians didn't have any qualms about killing them."
Give me a break. Humans were meant to eat meat -- the reason we have incisor teeth. A few lines here and there or a statement as part of the dialog is one thing. But the book has too much of this crap. I won't be listening to a Belinda Alexandra again. I listen for enjoyment, not to be swayed by a political or social agenda.
I will, however, be looking for other Caroline Lee narrated novels...