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Joan

Livermore, CA, USA

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  • Lucia, Lucia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Lucia Sartori is the beautiful 25-year-old daughter of a traditional Italian immigrant family in 1950s Greenwich Village. She boldly becomes an apprentice for a ready-to-wear clothing designer at B. Altman's famous department store. Though she is sought after as a potential wife by the best Italian families, she works hard and remains as devoted to her career as to her family.

    Joseph Mieczkowski Jr. says: "What a wonderful book!"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    This is by far the best audiobook I've ever heard. The story is great, the characters are super, and the narration couldn't be better. Being of Italian descent, I often found myself nodding at the oh-so-typical reactions and comments described by the author via her true-to-life characterizations. I even added my two cents worth aloud, in true Italian fashion! There's so much that's offered here, since the story is set at a time when people took real pride in their work, families were bound by loyalty, and old values/traditions still mattered. There's also an added bonus of a VERY authentic Sicilian sesame cookie recipe that's not to be missed! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wickett's Remedy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Myla Goldberg
    • Narrated By Myla Goldberg
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In a multidimensional, intricately wrought narrative, Myla Goldberg leads us back to Boston in the early part of the twentieth century and into two completely captivating worlds. One is that of Lydia, an Irish-American shopgirl with bigger aspirations than your average young woman from South Boston.

    Nicole H says: "confusing to hear"
    "A great listen!"
    Overall

    I started reading this book in paper format while wandering around B&N one day, and realized about 1/4 through that it would make an awesome audiobook if done well. And what a success! Myla's reading, the hushed asides, the sound effects, and the dramatizations all make this a highly entertaining read. I found it not at all difficult to follow or understand. Ms. Goldberg's writing is divinely descriptive, and her premise is one of the most usual and creative I've yet encountered. Please give this a try! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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