I enjoyed how the author incuded Shakespeare's version of Romeo and Juliet, the real story of Romeo Marescotti and Giulietta Tolomei, and the contemporary story of Julie Jacobs (Giulietta Tolomei) and Alessandro Santini (Romeo Marescotti).
I like listening to Cassandra Campbell. She did a good job with the Italien names which I would have no way of knowing how to pronounce.
I enjoyed the twists. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, the story went a different way.
I enjoyed listening to the book. I wish it included the author's note at the end of the hardcover book. Knowing that Anne Fortier wrote this book based on her mom's notes enhanced my feelings about the book. Also to learn what the author made fiction versus what is real- Saint Catherine of Siena and Maestro Lippi.
I decided to use my time being laid up to get smarter! In 18 months I've listened to over 200 books, mostly history, literature & biography.
Too many books in the world I have to get to!
Both instances when the characters are in the "bowels" of Siena were nerve-racking, but thrilling. My dreams that night had me in the caves under Carmel!
Narrator's Italian is lyrical to the ear. All her male characters sound identical, however.
A refreshingly different point of view for the renowned Shakespearean play, Romeo and Juliet.
I appreciated the authors use of scenes from Romeo and Juliet to set the mood for each chapter, and to get messages across. The mix between the past and present was also very cleverly interwoven.
I would have given it 4 stars had it not been for the main character herself, modern day Juliet.
I tend to relate more to stronger female leads and lets just say that Juliet seemed anything but strong. To start with she complained so much about her sister that at one point you feel like saying "not again!" She sounded more like a teenager at times, as opposed to a 20 something year old. Her discourses of self pity also got very tiering. Yeah we get it, you feel inept, don't have money, feel like the world is against you, its just not fair... blah, blah, blah Get over it and move on; put on your big girl panties and suck it up.
Had it not been for the perspective the author took and the other more lively characters, the book most certainly would not have had any redeeming qualities.
It reminds me a lot of Dan Brown's novels, especially "The Da Vinci Code" as it takes a story that already exists and weaves it into a new setting. In "The Da-Vinci Code" it was the Bible and in this book it is Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. I really liked how the author has created this whole new story based om the original one.
A lot of bad Italian accent.
The real story behind Romeo and Juliet
.....I thing Anne was trying too hard to be like Dan Brown and write another 'Da Vinci Code' experience.....the book was interesting and fun in parts and the characters somewhat enjoyable.....it just ended up being just a bit to fantastical at the end to believe in the ending. The setup of the book was intriguing......going from present day back to Italy in the 1300's to re-live the 'true' Romeo and Juliet story which was the precursor to the Shakespeare tale.....It just seemed like a very long book for a story that could have been done in half the time.
i will admit that it took a few minutes for the main character to grow on me...she does seem a bit whiny at first....but the story seems to get moving and I ended up really liking juliet and the story...20 hours didn't seem too long and i was kinda sad when it was over...well done
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
No , because it is too long and I already know the end .. it's beauty was in the mystery
maybe daughter of smoke and bones because they both have a past story and a present story I like that very much
the Italian accent and the characters were clearer to me
Love never dies
this book literary took my breath away I couldn't put it down until I finished it .. wonderful
Many reviewers have said the print version is about 100 pages too long. I was unable to finish the audio version. The narration is well done, and I enjoyed the first two sections of the book and was anticipating the conclusion. Then I discovered there was still a lengthy part 3 of the recording to go. The story started bogging down and became so repetitive during this portion that I stopped caring and couldn't force myself to finish it. Too many detailed retellings of the Romeo and Juliet story within a story, and the modern protagonists are not interesting enough to make me want to carry on to their story's conclusion. Don't know how it ended, but don't care. Maybe I'll give part 3 a whirl again after some time passes.
So when I saw this story I figured a typical romance novel. As the story played out, I was entranced by the suspense, the love from the past and the present. Fortier wrote in a way that I felt I was in Palazzo Salimbeni. I'm part Italian, and I have never really appreaciated my heritage except the food, but after this story, I want so much to vissit these places she speaks of. Two thumbs way way up Mrs. Anne!!!!!!!!!!
Disjointed, overwrought plot. Meldramatic reading by turns whiny, bitchy, and spoiled baby talk. Wish I had read a review like this one before I launched into this super-long tortuous book.