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.
A must read!! The story was terrific as was the performance!! Don't miss this one!
I really liked the length of the book -- it's good for long commutes. The story itself is in 3 distinct parts, related only by the fact that it contains Rosa, the main character is in all three. Loved the historical detail!
My favorite character was Rosa's husband Antonio, because he was solid and sensible and offered stability to the story.
I love anything Caroline Lee performs!
This is not a book for anyone with a weak constitution. Alexandra's intense descriptions of Fascist and Nazi atrocities had me nauseous and gave anxiety the entire time I listened to this book. The book needs a graphic disclaimer for the violence.
Excellent listening experience. I chose it because of the reader, Caroline Lee, who is my favorite. Now I will listen to others by this author. She is an excellent writer and storyteller.
Prolonged and disjointed historical journey.
Story line was awkward unlike other books by this author.
The torture scenes were irrelevant to story line.
This is one of my favorite author and probably my favorite narrator. Yet, this book gave me some mixed feelings because it was very sad. There were times I had to speed up the narration to end the overwhelmingly depressing scenes in the book. I must admit I got frustrated by the sequence of bad events throughout the story. The story and plot are solid in this novel; a good set of characters and very interesting with many well researched facts of the time and era of the story is impressive. I enjoyed the book and recommend to all listeners that enjoy long good books.
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!
This is a wonderful story that grabs your attention and captivates you to hurry to the end. It was difficult to put down but sometimes you had to. Not because you wanted to but life goes on. The twist toward the end surprised me totally. I did recommend it to my book club and anyone else wh would listen to my rave reviews.
Phrases like "a doomed veal calf crying for its mother " ruin a story for me. I wish the author would see how unnecessary this is. Since I could not get that vision out of my mind I could not continue . Also- this is the first time that I didn't love Caroline Lee's narration. This time her portrayal of some of the names in this story was irritating and inconsistent .
The narrator played some of the characters way over the top. At times, the main character (Rosa) sounded like a whiny idiot I wished I could slap. Some of the evil characters were so overdone that they seemed cartoonish. They sounded as if they had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I tried my best to hang on until the end but could not. I had to call it quits when the furniture shop owner's bed-ridden-father started yelling and cursing. The narration was high pitched and grating like nails on a chalkboard. Not a good thing - if like me - you buy these audible books to keep you company during rush hour traffic.
No. I love historical romance with a bit of other worldliness thrown into the mix.
Yes. The story gave a glimpse of how it might have been to live under Mussolini's fascist rule.
Ugh... I'm still wondering how the story ended. But I'd have to purchase the written version to figure it out. And the story line was really not good enough to bother. I know - this is a brutal review. Maybe I can still get my money back.