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The Glassblower of Murano | [Marina Fiorato]

The Glassblower of Murano

The keys to the future lie in the past - a compelling story of love and intrigue spanning three centuries, three countries - and one miraculous talent....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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Beautiful Books Ltd; (P)2009 Beautiful Books Ltd

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    S New York, NY, United States 03-15-10
    S New York, NY, United States 03-15-10
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    "This is why we love historical fiction..."

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jenifer Canton, NC, United States 11-22-11
    Jenifer Canton, NC, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Captivating"

    This story had romance, mystery, history, art, and the setting was in Italy. What more could you want.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Manchester, CT, United States 08-14-10
    Julia Manchester, CT, United States 08-14-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Too quiet"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lori STARKVILLE, MS, United States 11-25-12
    Lori STARKVILLE, MS, United States 11-25-12
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    "Great Story and Narration!!"

    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.

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    2/26/11
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carmel
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    12/12/09
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    "Carmels Review"

    I really enjoyed this book. Loved Vennis, the parallel stories in different centuries and the glass!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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