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  • Tuscan Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (240)
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    (243)

    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...."
    "Wonderfully complex and compelling"
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    What did you love best about Tuscan Rose?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tuscan Rose?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with Luciano in the tunnel moved me the most. What an incredible story.


    If you could rename Tuscan Rose, what would you call it?

    The title belies the breadth and depth of the book, but i like its subtlety.


    Any additional comments?

    This is by far the best audible experience that I have had and the best book I have every 'read'.

    Brava Belinda!

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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3042)
    Performance
    (2709)
    Story
    (2715)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Beautiful, heartfull and poignent"
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    What did you love best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is beautifully crafted with a language that takes you from achingly tender sadness to breath-taking beauty and joy. I found myself pausing to absorb and savour Harold's description of the countryside and moments of pure insight.


    What other book might you compare The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to and why?

    This book took me by surprise; it delivered so much more than I was expecting. I can think of no other book like it. It will amuse, enlighten and touch you deeply with every mile that Harold walks.


    What about Jim Broadbent’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Broadbent is a master artist. He brings you into the hearts of every character. You feel the trepidation, fears and pure joy that Harold experiences. I found myself crying with wonder; joy; deep felt sadness, and his profound regret as Harold reflects on his life and opens his eyes to the life around him. Mr. Broadbent's voice, characterization and timbre bring out the individual souls of each person you meet during this book. I can't recommend it enough.


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

    This is a book you want to savour and never want to end. Sit yourself down in a comfortable place and open your mind to wonder.


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