The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again - sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera . . . and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso. Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate - and, ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever .
A riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny, inspired by the author's own family history, The Shoemaker's Wife is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write.
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i like to read. i like to listen.
i really did not like this book....but i stuck it out to the end just to see if it would live up to the rave reviews of everyone i know. for me, it didn't.
it's hard to explain, but i felt like this book was so long and so wordy...but actually said nothing. i think it tried to tell so much, over so much time, that it couldn't really delve into any one moment in the story or into any real details about the characters so that the reader could dig in and get involved. the whole time i read this, i felt like i was floating above the story...and watching it happen in such a cursory way...but i was never able to get inside the story, experiencing it, feeling it, caring about it.
the other big flaw that i found with the novel is that i did not believe in the tragic "love story" that was supposed to be the center of this book. it didn't seem like there was real urgency or emotion or any type of drive to compel the reader to root for these two to finally get together. neither one of these two (Enza or Ciro) were all that likeable. i guess Enza had more redeeming qualities than Ciro...but i didn't really care about either one of them. and i certainly had no investment in their relationship. i felt like there was this big lead up to them finally getting together, but honestly, i didn't care if they did or not.
I loved this story and the narrator was outstanding. I felt like I was back in Italy and loved every minute of it. I will be sure to read the rest of this author's books and hope I get to listen to Orlagh Cassidy again.
Did not read the print version
Similar to other Trigiani novels but apparently much was based on her ancestors' story.
not one in particular - did think the accent sounded authentic though
Enjoyed the vivid descriptions of scenery and the Met.
I am a big fan of audible...listening to books on the move really suits my lifestyle.
This was a beautiful love story that had sadness, as in real life, but overall had much goodness and kindness. Several times when I thought, "oh no" someone is going to die, cheat, etc...it didn't really happen thus the twists and turns were believable and natural.Trigiani gives such beautiful images of Italy that I am anxious to return!
Love family country
Sarah's Key. I couldn't put it down. I like the independent stories going along with the main story.
She was marvelous! I loved the accents. I really believed the characters and their feelings and personalities were obvious.
This story was sensational. It covered so many fascinating years and so much history in a thrilling and romantic way. The characters are unforgettable and utterly believable. I thoroughly enjoyed this work and was greatly moved by many passages. The reader had a terrific voice which made it all the more special. I highly recommend this audible.
Enza: She was a brave and generous girl who grew into a loving wife and mother. She was also a generous, loyal friend.
I don't know but it would make a wonderful movie
The Shoemaker's Wife has a promising plot which fails to fulfill its potential. By the middle of the book, I was completely tired of the perfection of the characters. It is a very sappy story. We did this book in my book group, and many members did like it - and it seemed to me that those who liked it were those whose families had a similar immigrant story. Those of us who did not share that history seemed to dislike the book. I believe the book would have been better if it were not so sweet and full of perfect people.
Justin Cronin's The Passage.
I thought the narrator had a very good accent. However, as an Italian speaker myself, I found her mispronunciations of place names, particularly Bergamo, off-putting. Otherwise, I thought she did a pretty good job.
Relief when I finished it.
Honestly, this is one of the worst books I've ever listened to. I'm baffled by the good reviews.
I want to go to Italy! Well written. Almost want to long for the days of past in early 1900s Italy and New York. Couldn't stop listening. It was beautifully narrated by Orlagh Cassidy.
Some moments made me cry.
I love to get lost in the books I read whether it be historical or novel. I am also a great lover of self help books. I live on Long Island.
This read made me feel like I was living in the book!
Excellent to listen to and the narrator was amazing with the accent and enthusiasm! Almost started over again... This is a keeper!!❤️❤️❤️
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