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!
I love historical fiction and this story was wonderful to listen to. The narration was one of the best I have heard. I would definitely recommend this book.
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.
What started out immediately as an interesting premise with enormous possibilities all too soon devolved into a minute description of how a woman feels about everything, from seeing herself in a mirror the first time to becoming thirsty after breast-feeding. The plot dragged and any theme was soon lost. It became a chore to listen, and finally was laid to rest unfinished. An abridged version might work with significant editing.
Ms. Alexander has provided a very personal look at the history of the lives of Italians during the era of Mussolini and Hitler. It is a realistic look at what war does to individuals. Well written and well narrated, the story while long, is never boring. I wanted to finish it but at the same time didn't want it to end. Excellent work!
A good story would done the trix
Made it a good story. And no it wouldn't hurt with some surprises and some excitement
Stop this exaggerate the Italian language, it is just ridiculous
It was plain boring, there isn't more to say
The author and the narrator are favorites of mine and they both remain favorites. The story is quite interesting, a history of WW II in Italy from the perspective of its citizens and good characters. My only complaint is the length. I tend to listen in short bursts of time so it took me a long time to finish. I often think books can be shorter. Having edited a lot of writing, I know shorter is most always better.
While the story line of this book held much interest about half of it should have been edited out. The repetition, juvenile statements and emotional interludes became irritating."I've always loved you and always will " is just one example of the trite comments diminishing the novel.