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Carolyn

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  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (368)

    The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again....

    Richard L. Carroll says: "Great life story-great narrator"
    "Lost in the details!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author writes delicious prose and an intriguing story line, but has not researched the background for the setting. Early spring in the Alps villages do not produce asters, blackberries, etc. One does not play in the rushing, icy streams, or sit on the thawing ground - even with a blanket. The young man heading to America at 16 would not have traveled by ferry from Venice to LeHavre - there were none, and at the time of this novel, WW1 was in full swing. This was not mentioned! Travel to New York yielded a job at $8 a day with room and board? Not likely that this young man made more than the steward who oversaw the work! The young man's acquaintance aboard ship purchase flowers in New York for a future bride in Ohio (?) and rides a train through Chicago to get there? I don't think so! And on and on!!! This is driving me nuts with the lack of attention to details!


    What about Orlagh Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    Her Italian accent was appreciated and made the work come alive. However, there was little differentiation in the voice for the variety of characters in the book.


    Do you think The Shoemaker's Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not if it is so poorly researched! Time and place are as important as plot and character development.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are bothered by works that are half baked, this is not the book for you! As romance fiction and little more, it is not too bad!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (192)

    Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

    Amy M. Walts says: "Perfection!"
    "Narration -"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. Just could not deal with the voice that sounded like Truman Capote.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Margaret George? Why or why not?

    I cannot comment on the author until I read another by her.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voice was so off putting I could not get past the first 15 minutes. Arrogant, haughty, and seemed too feminine for the character.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite subjects... Tudor England. But this is not the quality of narration that I am familiar with in Philippa Gregory's audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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