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)
I chose this book based on the reader. She was fabulous. Her mastery of the accents and voices is remarkable. I am sad she is gone. The book started out slow but then gradually turned into a very heartwarming story. I hated the ending. It just didn't make sense, no matter how I tried to reconcile it.
Couldn't stop listening to this intriguing tale of a diverse group of strangers coming together in a confined environment. Loved all of the aspects - music, love, language, cooking, etc.
I really am enjoying the book but keep finding myself irritated and disappointed with its narrator. To me it sounds like she has a tongue ring or speaks often with her mouth full. The only accent she does well is Spanish, and everyone else in the book (Russian, French, Japanese etc.) end up speaking with the same Spanish accent. This is irritating and distracting - the reason I can tell is that I am Russian myself married to a Frenchman. However, my complements to the writer. This is a very beautifully written book.
I listened to this book over a year ago and I still think of it often. It was entertaining, thought-provoking and sweet. One of the best stories I've ever read or heard.
If you read the synopsis, it is hard to imagine how engaging this story is. But it is. The premise is odd, but results is a fascinating interplay among characters you don't expect to find in the same place. Beautifully written with language to savor. The performance is exceptional - with the narrator giving life to many characters with a wide variety of nationalities, dialects and personalities.
This has become one of my favorite audio books, and I will be looking for more by this author and this narrator, for certain.
How can a book about terrorists taking hostages including a beautiful renowned opera singer brought to entertain at a political birthday party in an unnamed South American country be boring?? Don't know, but this one is. I've listened to hours of this and haven't been convinced to care about any of the characters or develop any interest in the plot. I keep going back to see how much longer this can possibly be and sadly I'm not quite half through it yet. But since I don't care what happens to the characters, I don't have to know the ending, so I think I'll stop listening and move on to something more interesting. I really don't understand all the positive reviews!
Reasonable storyline, predictable outcome. Writing is decent but I'm not sure there's much depth or undertones. No idea why this is an award winner.
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