This book went into a lot of gruesome detail at times. It wasn't bad and narrator does an awesome job. I love her accent. It wasn't the worst listen but I would have skipped a lot if I were reading a hard copy.
This book takes you into the time between the 1st World War and the 2nd World War and then into the 2nd World War. However, this is not a war book. The book puts you into the life in Florence through the eyes and experiences of an orphan. There is also the mystery of where Rose came from that is slowly reveled through the book. This is a great read and I very much enjoyed it!
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.
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...
Of course! I really loved it. I think it is interesting to read a book that is set in Mussolini's Italy and the characters and their relationships between them is beautifully described. I was sad when the book ended.
I liked that it was set in Italy before and during the war. I am a history teacher, and thus very interested in history. This story told about an era that has been described in many books, but I have never read one from Mussolini's Italy.
Yes! More than one, but I can't reveal them because it would reveal too much of the story and parts of the ending. But this is a story set in times of war, and many of the main characters are partisans. It goes without saying that they experience both dramatic and sad moments.