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!
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.
Yes this was the third book I've listened to. I could listen to Caroline Lee read the phone book! She's that good!
Probably not. I realize her stories are based on historical events, although they are fictional. This one was just too drawn out, too unrealistic for me. Took so long to get through and I was thoroughly bored by the end.
Everything. She's amazing!
Definitely not! Ugh! The thought of that makes me cringe!
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.