Willowy and aloof, with an aura of a distant time, Tosca was a woman whose life story begged to be told. In the warmth of Tosca's garden, Marlena would receive bountiful lessons of life and love as the story of Tosca's fairy-tale romance with an Italian prince unfolded.
©2008 Marlena de Blasi; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[A] fragrant tale of life and love in the mountains of Sicily....Swift, sinuous, deep and brimming with cultural artifacts." (Kirkus Reviews)
I wanted to love this audiobook because I loved The Lady in the Palazzo and because I'm going to be in Sicily in a couple of months. But the whispered narration drove me crazy and I couldn't get beyond chapter one. My rating of the story is made up because I didn't actually listen to it, but I had to rate it in order to review the book. I would suggest to potential listeners to listen to the sample and see if they're comfortable with a quiet, breathy reading before they decide whether to purchase the book. Apparently some people are.
I couldn't get through this one. The author should have stepped away from the mic and allow a professional to narrate, so I could have enjoyed her story. She continually sounds as if she's without breath and about to faint. Very, very distracting.
The love story and the setting.
The author should have used a different narrator. It was extremely difficult to hear this narrator because she whispered the whole book, so Ss were pronounced and then she would trail off at end of sentences so even at full volume, you couldn't always hear what she was saying. The whispering was so annoying at times that I could only listen to 20 minutes and then I would turn it off, which made it hard to get into the story and the characters. I am sorry to say that the author ruined her own book by being the narrator.
The only reaction that I had was that I found myself yelling at the narrator to speak up and speak clearly and not whisper everything. The sad part was I wanted to know what happened to the characters, but lost interest because I kept having to start and stop it.
Yes I would listen to this story again because it is so well and poetically written, and the audio is absolutely beautiful.
In this one instance I can honestly say I loved them all because each one added texture and depth to the story, drawing me completely into the landscape and period
I would hate to give away the ending, but it was the last letter disclosing information about the prince
There was nothing about this book other than the reviews and sample audio that interested me, I'm not a romance or drama reader except on occasion. But after starting this book I couldn't put it down and loved every moment, never hurrying through a single point. Wow was I ever touched at the deepest places in my heart. An all around perfect book.
I have just finished " Summer in Sciliy". I found it to be a most haunting love story. It was not drippy or sappy. It had substance. I was thinking about it even when I wasn't listening to it. I feel Marlena de Blasi's voice was perfect for the reading of the story. It was soft and very enjoyable to hear. A must listen.
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