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FOUNTAINVILLE, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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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
    (303)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (257)

    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....

    B. says: "Fabulous"
    "Fabulous"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story was sensational. It covered so many fascinating years and so much history in a thrilling and romantic way. The characters are unforgettable and utterly believable. I thoroughly enjoyed this work and was greatly moved by many passages. The reader had a terrific voice which made it all the more special. I highly recommend this audible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enza: She was a brave and generous girl who grew into a loving wife and mother. She was also a generous, loyal friend.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know but it would make a wonderful movie


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5743)
    Performance
    (4970)
    Story
    (4964)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Magical Listening"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Ruins the most enjoyable?

    When I finished listening to Beautiful Ruins, my eyes filled with tears, not as much for the story, which did have wonderfully sad as well as bucolic moments, but because I finished it. It was over and I was deeply moved by the story, loved the characters, the Italian and the reader's wonderful melodic voice. It was simply the best book I listened to and probably read in 2012.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pasqual because he is a wonderful romantic


    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His fabulous accent and impeccable Italian.


    If you could take any character from Beautiful Ruins out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Michael Dean: I want to see his face. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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