Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their unison is haunted by irreversible events from the past.
©2014 Lucinda Riley (P)2014 W. F. Howes Ltd
"A tale of passion and betrayal from bestselling author, (Lucinda Riley)
"Atmospheric, heart-rending and multi-layered" ( Grazia) on (The Girl on the Cliff)
An actual interesting storyline, interesting characters, and a narrator who woesn't do a faux Italian accent. It sounds fake, and it is annoying to listen to.
That there were no interesting characters or storyline whatsoever. I have enjoyed her other books, and were looking forward to reading this, but this doesn't come even halfway close to her other books.
She had a horrible fake Italian accent whenever one of the characters in the book said something. I don't even know why narrators do this. Everyone can hear that they don't know the language they are trying to fake, and we know that the characters are from Italy. Wouldn't they speak Italin to each other then? Why the need for bad accents?
No, I'm sorry but it didn't!
I enjoyed this story. I could not stand the narrator when she used her "faux" accents. At times she would also speed up her reading for no apparent reason. Had she just read in her normal voice instead of "trying" to use phony accents & deeper voices, the whole listen would have been far more enjoyable, but....instead it was really annoying and spoiled much of the listening experience.
"Good plot bad performance"
not one narrated by Eva Alexander
Didn't finish it because of the narration
I love most of Lucinda Riley's books but the narrator's appalling attempt at character variation, especially the poor Italian accent made this book a miserable experience
"Good book ruined by terrible accents in Narration"
This is a fun book, interesting story and well narrated when the narrator speak in her normal voice. However when she does these awful Italian accents one is so distracted that you lose touch with the story. I do not understand why this is necessary. When one reads all the wonderful swedish novels the narrators use their normal voices and no one tries to do fake Swedish accents. This should be the same!
My advice buy the book or kindle version and skip the audio version. A shame because the narrator is fine for English!
I soon got fed up with the voice of the narrator, som I couldn't finish the novel. Her voice is too girl-like for my taste, sounds like she's a young girl and like other narrators she stresses adjectives and adverbs that describe emotions, which to me is irritating
yes, I like her novels
I have already stated that. She exaggerates the characters' voices in dialogues, to me she's too much of an actress
can't say as I didn't finish the novel
"best book for ages"
No, I know the story now!
too many to decide
The plot is really well done and entwines perfectly
"Stop with the forced accents, Audible"
This story is set in Italy, written in the first person and read completely unnecessarily in a forced Italian accent. We do not need our books 'acted out' or interpreted or coloured in by the reader, Audible! And we especially do not need them acted/interpreted/coloured using an accent unnatural to the reader. We just need them to be read well in a way that allows us to connect with the author and her/his story. I couldn't bare to listen to enough of this to get any sense of the story at all and have returned it.
Yes, provided it is read by a different reader.
No forced 'italian' accent, no over-emoting, just read in a way that does not get in the way of the story and the author.
"Another wonderful listen"
As always, I was sorry when this book came to an end. I have only been reading fiction for around 18 months and Lucinda Riley is by far my favourite author to-date.. Her stories are so compelling; the listener is drawn into the lives of the characters very quickly - the way the author weaves around the different time zones is brilliant - it's as if you step into the story right away - I noted the original story here was written under the author's earlier pen name and updated ...........please, please Lucinda hurry up and update your earlier books; I am now bereft as I am at the point where I have listened to all your books currently available via audio! Cannot wait to see another appear in the list. I highly recommend this author. I mustn't forget the narrator here - Eva Alexander - who was brilliant and made it all come alive.
"A compelling story"
This is definitely one of the best of this genre I've heard, totally compelling and I hated turning it off.
I loved this story, the narrator drew me in with her voice and I found myself listening to it long after I meant to turn off to do something else. The characters were well written and I felt empathy for the main character Rosanna although I did get annoyed with her at times which shows how much I got into the story.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content