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The Enchanted April Audiobook

The Enchanted April

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Publisher's Summary

Four very diverse women, all seeking revitalization and escape from the dreary February rains of 1920s London, rent the small medieval castle of San Salvatore, nestled high above the bay of Portofino, Italy. Arriving at San Salvatore, they find it awash with the scent of flowers, its olive groves terracing down to the sun-warmed sea.

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

What the Critics Say

"Nadia May's narration is excellent, especially in differentiating the women's voices and in reading their inner dialogues." (AudioFile)

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    Bette 06-02-12
    Bette 06-02-12
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    "Charming Early Chick Lit"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    "A joy"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 06-27-12
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Enchanting!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 04-24-12
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 04-24-12

    Queen Squared

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    "Charming!"

    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 :)

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    Marie 04-23-12
    Marie 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enchanting"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Hobart, Australia 03-20-12
    Anne Hobart, Australia 03-20-12
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    "very enjoyable"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    easy enjoyable listening. narrator does a great job. Story well written, you feel as if you are present


    Would you recommend The Enchanted April to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes


    What three words best describe Nadia May’s performance?

    clear pleasant voice


    Was The Enchanted April worth the listening time?

    yes definitely


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lucy 12-01-11
    lucy 12-01-11
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    "Delightful"

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel. This time period is not normally my "cup of tea" but it was a charmer and very well narrated.

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    Mama C 04-27-10
    Mama C 04-27-10 Member Since 2008
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    "A Restful Vacation"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Edgewater, WA, Australia 06-27-10
    Donna Edgewater, WA, Australia 06-27-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Addictive!!"

    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!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mona Hand Lilburn, GA, United States 09-22-15
    Mona Hand Lilburn, GA, United States 09-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Humorous lines but drones on"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth von Arnim and/or Nadia May?

    Probably not.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth von Arnim’s story?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator wasn't bad.


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