A beautiful, heart-wrenching novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Tatiana and Gorky Park, set against the dangers of Italy in World War II as a young couple must outrun the Nazis to protect their forbidden love.
Venice, 1944. The war may be waning, but the city is still occupied and people all over Europe fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a sky of brilliant stars, a poor fisherman named Cenzo comes across a girl's body floating in the lagoon. He carries her into his boat and soon discovers that she is very much alive and very much in trouble: Born to a wealthy Jewish family who has been captured and deported by the Nazis, Guilia is on the run after she was found hiding in a local hospital. Cenzo decides it's the right thing to do to help her escape, never anticipating an innocent act of chivalry would quickly turn to love as the two grow closer.
Set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of World War II, The Girl from Venice is a sweeping and romantic love story from one of our most celebrated contemporary suspense writers.
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I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.
Nothing. Every book in the Renko series, from Gorky Park to Wolves Eat Dogs, was brilliant, IMHO. I felt like I knew Renko as a human being. I think that Polar Star may be the best audiobook ever written, and listening to Frank Muller was one of life's purest pleasures. In addition to the character of Renko, the books were all so thoroughly researched that it was truly impossible to tell fact from fiction. And so forth. This book is so far away from that level of creativity that it is almost not credible that Mr. Smith has written it. The narrator was irritating. The pace of the book is jerky. I didn't find Cenzo to be particularly appealing, and, as other reviewers have commented, it doesn't seem likely that a "simple fisherman" could also be a brilliant artist. I also found it hard to believe that the Nazis would devote all those resources to the chase after one eighteen-year-old Jewish woman, particularly at a time when they were getting beaten on every side of the war. Certainly the little fishing village was quaint, and the affection among the people was touching. The hatred between Cenzo and his brother, I thought, was well drawn, but almost nothing made me want to keep reading.
No. I have probably heard enough about WWII, as I have said in other places, but mysteries and thrillers are still my favorite genre. One book will not change that.
I didn't like his voice at all. It is harsh and not pleasant to listen to. He certainly has a fine ear for how other languages are spoken, which is quite a useful talent here.
There are so many characters that I couldn't begin to keep them all straight. There are so many political/national divisions, so many narrative paths to follow and keep track of, that I gave up trying after a while.
It is possible that Mr. Smith has set such a fantastically high standard for novel writing that he may never approach it again. This is sad. I will read whatever he writes, but I don't think that Renko will reappear. This is much sadder. If you haven't read the Renko books, you are in for a wonderful time. Even if you have no Russian blood or genes, or any interest whatsoever in Russia, its history or its people: the Renko books will delight you. I could go on and on on this topic, but I won't. Please don't let this be your only taste of Mr. Smith's enormous talent. In the past fifty years or so, he has been one of the very best novelists anywhere.
Anita L Elder
No...I have too many other books on my list to listen to The Girl from Venice again.
The story really came to life with Zach Appelman's reading. He does a very good German accent, too. He was able to help me visualize scenes and people by the tone and inflection of his voice.
it is hard to believe this is a book by Martin Cruz Smith. It is barely more than a sketch for a screenplay. the characters are two-dimensional and unbelievable and the storyline is formulaic. If you love Mr. Smith, do yourself a favor and skip this book.
I can't quite pinpoint my disappointment, but the story didn't really grab me. Too many moving parts mixed in with what seemed like the author was trying show off as knowledge about an array of random subject matter. The end result being padding for what could have been a shorter, more to the point book.
Easily the top of the list. Cruz Smith is the master of creating a vibrant, living scene with sympathetic characters. Amazing story all the way around. similar to December 6 purely in period, but creates a uniquely Italian tone rather than the distinct Japanese tone of the other book.
Enough tension from start to finish to keep you riveted. Enough twists from left field to avoid predictability. Takes a time period with natural tension and creates a slice of life.
Every character can be easily distinguished by his portrayal. Nailed the subtle differences between the brothers.
Perhaps the finest author of this genre practicing today. Too bad they don't have his best effort - Rose - available on Audible.
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I have listened to most of Cruz-Smith's book in the Arkady Renko series. This was a welcome change to experience something new. I enjoyed the novel, the narration was very good. Hopefully there will be additional works along this line.
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