But what begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.
Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance by one of our best and most important writers.
©2001 Ann Patchett; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers
"Patchett can be counted on to deliver novels rich in imaginative bravado and psychological nuance. This fluid and assured narrative...demonstrates her growing maturity and mastery of form." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mixing art and politics can have unexpected results, but rarely are they so poignant....[Anna Fields'] performance is the essence of Bel Canto, easy, pure of tone, with an agile, precise vocal technique." (AudioFile)
Exceptional storytelling of very unusual circumstances that lead to love and loss. The most memorable moments were the vivid descriptions of the music and how mesmerizing it was. The narrator was exquisite!
One of my favorite books of all time. Deep in meaning. Beautiful turns of phrase that almost take my breath away. And a story that never slips in keeping the readers attention. And the reader did a marvelous job.
I'm not giving away the story but she systematically brings you thru the story getting to know and like people and cheering for them to feel what it must have felt like in the end.
I have trouble sitting and listening to a story thru. I lose interest here and there usually but not in this book.
she keeps you waiting and interested without too much time passing before you can think I no longer care about this character.
she gives you just enough clearly and then allows you to feel as if you were them.
what it must have been like.
she allows you to know what will happen in the end. at first, you think when will it happen with an eager sensation but as you near the end you think when's it going to happen with dread.
I loved to hear her read. She is among my favorites, second only to the woman who reads the Queen's Gambit -- best audiobook ever!
This is a great companion to Love in the Time of Cholera. That last chapter and this entire novel seem to be made for each other -- what is possible if only there was no outside world to interrupt us.
I could hear background noises in the recording!! It was very weird and unexpected from an audible production. Also, at times there would be an abrupt pause in the recording. Other times, it would go back a few seconds and repeat!
Been on/off with Audible since '07, when I found myself long-term in China, desperate for English language books. Love a good story.
The narration is quite dreamy, omniscient voice seems impossibly hard to do well, and it works here. Everyone is kind of floating through this crazy, insane traumatic event. I really found I couldn't stop listening, even though I kept wondering why I was so compelled.
The unraveling that finally--after so much tension has built up in the small space they all inhabit--happens. The climax.
The way the chips fell. Except the epilogue was quite cheesy and could be removed entirely from the book and do no one any harm.
I did feel emotional at the end, after all that time invested in these people whose lives are so weirdly intertwined in this stalemate for so long, in such close quarters.
It's rare that I find a books which I can't put down. Bel Canto had me skipping my regular book club book to keep listening here. Wonderful narration, intriguing storyline. Put Bel Canto on your 'must read' list!
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