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The Shoemaker's Wife Audiobook

The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 The Glory of Everything Company (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    A. Baron PA 12-22-16
    A. Baron PA 12-22-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Drawn out and uninteresting"

    I didn't find the story of a typical immigrant making a life and family in America very interesting. Generational it was, but almost too sweet. Never did I feel compelled to HAVE to keep reading.

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    Cari Hook SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL, US 12-16-16
    Cari Hook SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL, US 12-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very charming"

    It was a very charming book, but definitely a bit contrived at times. Overall, it was an enjoyable light read.

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    E Dulaney 10-25-16
    E Dulaney 10-25-16 Member Since 2008
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    "A real love story"

    So beautifully written. Love, heartache, hard work, hardship, disappointment, success and a believable happily ever after. One of the best books I have ever listened to.

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    Amazon Customer 08-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovely Book!"

    I loved this sweet love story. the narration was so lovely. Love, family and Italian!

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    Amazon Customer 08-27-16
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    "My Top 5 Favorite"

    Loved it from the beginning! The story was one of a kind and not once did I know what was gonna happen.

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    Barbara Trapp Florida 07-24-16
    Barbara Trapp Florida 07-24-16 Member Since 2016

    In 2016 I read, or listened to 52 books, many during a cross-country road trip. The knowledge I gained motivated me to start my business!

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    "Beautifully narrated"

    Orlagh Cassidy brought all characters to life. This was the only fiction book I listened to out of 13 on my long road trip around the United States. Quite a nice break. Adriana Trigiani did her homework and wove in historical facts nicely.

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    a. page 07-18-16
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    "A wonderful summer read!"

    The author brings you into a family full of love and adventure and closes to the sounds of Caruso.

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    lahna 07-10-16
    lahna 07-10-16 Member Since 2014

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    "FABULOUS STORYTELLING"
    Where does The Shoemaker's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top 5 or 6


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shoemaker's Wife?

    When the two main protagonists get together


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but she has a fabulous voice that is just perfect for this content & characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but there was a lot of sadness, but the happy parts seemed to moderate it.


    Any additional comments?

    It was getting kind of long at the end, but no way would I not finish it. I could have been happy with fewer deaths, but I realize that was really the way life was back then.

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    Coco 07-03-16
    Coco 07-03-16
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    "Fabulous reader"

    I enjoyed the story and especially the reader's ability to do the varied accents and the Italian words used in the chapter titles
    She had a lovely voice
    I was sorry when it ended

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    Deborah Downing-Wilson London, England 06-24-16
    Deborah Downing-Wilson London, England 06-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Lovely but long"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a dear story. The characters are well drawn, if a little too nice. The narrative is a bit (sometimes a lot) wordy and over-wrought with repetitive emotional flashbacks. But I did love getting to know Northern Italy, New York's Little Italy, and the Italian communities in Minnesota in the early 20th century. The author does such a great job of making you feel like you are really there.


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