Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Arbuthnot are glad to leave their insipid duties and unresponsive husbands behind; the elderly Mrs. Fisher wishes only to sit in the sun and replay her youthful memories; and the bewitchingly beautiful Lady Caroline Dester desires to have seclusion from all adoring suitors. A month of blissful privacy at San Salvatore promises to be the remedy each of them is looking for. Amid the canopies of fragrant wisteria, in the sweet sunshine and melodious silence, four lives are transformed and resuscitated by the magic of San Salvatore.
©1922 Elizabeth von Arnim; (P)1994 Blackstone AudioBooks
"Nadia May's narration is excellent, especially in differentiating the women's voices and in reading their inner dialogues." (AudioFile)
I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.
I listen to this once a year and I am never disappointed. I will continue to enjoy this book for many years to come. As far as I am concerned this is a classic.
You'll experience a lovely Italian sojourn in this character study of four English ladies. Von Arnim does a good job creating tension between four women who don't know each but are sharing a space and resources that they are paying for. Those boundaries and tensions melt away at different speeds for different characters, ultimately bringing the book to a satisfying ending.
Nadia May allows us to hear the distinctive voices of the four women who "get away from it all" in a Tuscan castle, as well as the males who later appear. Hints of the author's fascinating life among the famous, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, can be heard here.
As in many of today's romantic chick-lit creations, sans shopping and sex, love is the transforming result of the enchanting place. It is a pleasant listen with a few lovely sentences about love that we would all like to believe, but a month seems a bit too short a time for all the character transformations that take place. However, I must admit, I have never been to Tuscany!
The Enchanted April is something of an early 20th century version of a what is now known as chick-lit. It's about the friendship which emerges when four women, desperate to change their circumstances, pool their resources to rent a small Italian castle for a month. The castle and its beautiful surroundings works magic on the women, making them at ease and pulling out the best in each individual. The characters are endearing, the writing is smartly comical, and the narrator's voice is perfect. This book isn't for everyone, but if you enjoyed reading things like Anne of Green Gables or The Secret Garden as a child, this may be the book for you.
The only, very minor, drawback is that the ending seemed sudden. Then again, maybe I just didn't want it to end :)
April in Italy. I understand how Lottie and the others felt when they schemed and planned their trip to the castle in Italy. I found the story amusing, sad and hopeful. The movie is one of my favorites but the book gives much more insight into the background and motivation of the four main characters. And it paints such a vivid picture of San Salvatore that I was there in my mind while I listened to the book. The added material about Elizabeth von Arnim also made me want to read more of her works. Perfect for a rainy afternoon or in front of a fire.
easy enjoyable listening. narrator does a great job. Story well written, you feel as if you are present
clear pleasant voice
Having seen and enjoyed the movie, I wasn't sure whether I would like reading the book. But the book was delightful! Nadia May did a marvelous job of representing the various women, and her reading added a lot to the book. The story is sweet, a little bit of a fairy-tale, and will make anyone tired and in need of a rest ready to vacation in Italy. I recommend it to all who desire an uplifting, optimistic story. And those who see the movie after reading the book will not be disappointed with the movie. The screenwriters did a great job maintaining the storyline.
I haven't been able to put this down!! It is so beautifully written and read and so relevant TODAY.
It's incredible to believe this was written nearly 100 years ago - it could easily have been written today. I absolutely love it!!
The book was slow but entertaining at first. The random observations of human nature were funny and somewhat insightful. Halfway through the book, I can't stand to hear another line of this book. I usually finish a book that I'm not in love with just to see if there is any redemption in the end. I absolutely can't listen to this anymore.
The narrator wasn't bad.
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