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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
So. California native, now living in Austin, TX
I am not usually a huge fiction fan, but I fell head over heels in love with this story and the characters. I have always had a fascination with life in the Italian Alps, so that tickled that fancy for me, but the story of immigration to America was surprisingly captivating. Would I have had the courage they did?
I haven't read the print version, but I LOVED the smooth, silky voice of Orlagh Cassidy. I loved everything about this story. It is exactly my kind of book. I love fiction based on history. I loved that it didn't swear or go into any graphic sexual things. Everything was treated with dignity and respect in this story. A hard thing to find in novels any longer.
My heart ached every time they would miss each other by just a day or two. I loved the life lessons that were given. Little quotes they would throw in here and there that were so true in our own lives today.
Her voice was as smooth as silk. I found myself dreaming and saying words with Italian accents throughout the day and night.
I can't wait to start the next book by Adriana. Once I find a safe author that fills my heart with joy from listening to her books, I can't will listen to every one she has put on paper or has been recorded.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
So many things came together to make this an enjoyable experience. Firstly, the writing was superb. We really got to know the characters intimately. Secondly, the narration was wonderful… so sensitive. Thirdly, the story was engaging and held me right through.
Can't give away anything. Many many memorable moments.
Her Italian accent is impeccable. She brings a softness to her reading that helps the reader go inside the characters' heads.
This was a wonderful book. I laughed and cried along with the characters and didn't want it to end. Just a really enjoyable experience. I will seek out other books by the same author.
I would recommend this book to all my friends. It is a beautiful story of two wonderful, hard working people. It is read in a soothing voice.
I loved the love story of Ensa and Ciro.
I felt as though Ensa was a real person.
I would want to take Ciro in his youth. His personality seemed fun
I only have the audio version.
The rugged embraceable characters.
Digging her sister's grave.
I'm in love with all of them.
My favorite audio book in quite some time. Cover to cover brilliance!
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