A wonderful combination of mystery, historical intrigue, and love, written by an English/Venetian author, which tells a story of passion, genius and betrayal linking the present and the past.
Nora Manin decides to leave her fractured life in London to start again in Venice, and there begins to unravel the story of her ancestor, Corradino Manin, the greatest artist of glass that the island of Murano ever produced.
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A gorgeous and decadent listen. One reviewer wrote that it was "operatically overblown", and I can only raise one eyebrow to this reviewer who has surely never been to Venice. Certainly the writer would have been helped by a sharper editor and perhaps a thesaurus (a few too many "peerless smiles" and offers of "respite" escaped the editor's pencil), although repetition was used elsewhere to great effect in weaving the stories of past and present together. So beautifully done that you can easily forgive a bit of contrivance here and there. I loved it and enjoyed floating in and out of old and new Venice. Kudos to the narrators, well chosen, whose performance added much to the experience. Great summer/holiday/treat read, well worth the credit. Recommended!
This was a decent story but the readers used very quiet voices in order to mimic the style of the author and this made it very difficult to hear. I have been an Audible customer for more than seven years and never written a review. In this case, though, I felt like it was important for others who like to read while they do other things (like dishes) that they wouldn't be able to hear the readers.
Life long compulsive reader; lover of good literary fiction and historical fiction. Quickly becoming a compulsive listener as well.
I was pleasantly surprised by this very entertaining story set in past and present day Venice which presents characters who are flawed and very believable. The plot may be somewhat contrived but the characters bring the reader into it.
The city of Venice was one of my favorite characters in this book.
One of those listens that is hard to put down. The characters were believable. The story was interesting. And the narrators were spot on. The descriptions of the glassblowing were of such that you could almost convince yourself you actually saw it!!
The only thing I didn't like about the audio was the instrumental between chapters. The instrumental wasn't bad but the volume was, irritatingly, louder than the narration.
"Will not keep you awake at night"
I found that the story itself was quite interesting, but found the narration and the writing rather simplified and not very sophisticated for my taste for such an historical topic such as Venice, Murano and the Doges palace. For me, the male narrators mild English regional accent, modern style and tone struck me as slightly bizarre, bearing in mind that he was talking about Italians in the 1500's, although the style in which the novel is written partially forced this I think. He does put on an Italian accent for the characterizations. Very light listening, will not keep you awake at night.
I really enjoyed this book. Loved Vennis, the parallel stories in different centuries and the glass!
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