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Udette

Tarentaalrand, South Africa | Member Since 2010

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  • Tuscan Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (239)

    A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

    Ashley says: "Such a beautiful listen...."
    "Beautiful war-time story."
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a good listen.
    The story gave me insight into Italy's part in the 2nd World War, Mussolini and the hardships that the Italian people faced around his reign.
    The story has an interesting plot with a bizarre but surprising twist at the end. Perhaps I would have written the end of the heroin's family history a bit different myself, but it did not make the book a bad listen.
    I'll recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Swan Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Treat Williams, Anne Heche
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius.

    Udette says: "Good combo of 19th & 21st century love stories."
    "Good combo of 19th & 21st century love stories."
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    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    I found the simularities and differences between the 19th and 21st century love stories striking.This story spoke to the artist within me - I could smell the paint and it just made me want to pick up a paint brush again. The story also renewed an old interest I had in art history. It made me curious about impressionism and the famous artists like Monet that we've heard about many times before.


    What does Treat Williams and Anne Heche bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reading was very good, but it was made even better by the good writing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening this book I immediately went to look for other books from the same author. The writer did excellent research on art history, which made the book interesting (not boring, as I would have thought reading this comment).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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