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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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    elizabeth 02-11-16
    elizabeth 02-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Sentimental journey in a heavy Italiana accent"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found the narrative technique annoying, the woman's voice telling the story with an Italian accent


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Historical background for an American immigrant saga


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

    No


    Was The Shoemaker's Wife worth the listening time?

    In the end, yes, but had I been able to speed through or flip ahead I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    Its an entertaining novel, but not necessarily a great book.

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    Customer USA 02-09-16
    Customer USA 02-09-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Simply lovely"

    I loved this story and the audio book brought the whole story to life. I loved it!

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    Melissa V. Garcia Denton, TX USA 01-14-16
    Melissa V. Garcia Denton, TX USA 01-14-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Beautifully written!"

    This is the first novel I have read by Adriana Trigiani, and it will not be my last. Her attention to detail and ability to describe the setting kept me engaged and wanting more. The dialogue between the characters was beautiful, without being too much like a soap opera. It was realistic. I fell in love with the love story between Ciro and Enza, which made it hard to put the book down or stop listening. In regards to the narrator, her accent had me wishing I was Italian myself. She read a little slow for me, but that gave me the chance to really savor the beauty that unfolded in The Shoemaker's Wife. I definitely recommend this novel.

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    Vickie 01-12-16
    Vickie 01-12-16
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    "Heartwarming"

    This is my all-time favorite. I've listened to it four times and will again. Vivid descriptions that paints a picture in your mind. You can almost smell the air on the Italian mountain and taste the food. It's a story of family, love, friendship and a journey to America.

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    Sandie 12-11-15
    Sandie 12-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Read"

    I liked the way the book flowed,and would recommend it for book clubs. Interesting story with a greater appeal to female readers in my opinion.

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    Yvonne de Cespedes 10-04-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Couldn't put it down!"

    This story held my attention to the point that I stayed in all weekend to finish it. Great narrator!

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    Christie OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 10-02-15
    Christie OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 10-02-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Ok read, good narration, pet peeve"

    This was a good story about a family with some struggles but mostly happy. A bit jumpy and wordy, but ok. The narration was good with one pet peeve, a mistake for which I blame the producer. Any good person of Eastern European descent could give you the proper pronunciation of povitica. It is not po-VIT-i-cah. It is po-vi-TEET-sa. That's an easy check in a book with several foreign languages included. I'm sure they checked on the Italian. Why skip over the others?

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    SWells Atlanta, GA 09-28-15
    SWells Atlanta, GA 09-28-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Amazing narrator and great story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator was exquisite. Her accents and voices were amazing. The story was beautiful,
    I highly recommend it.

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    Patti Sheckler 09-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Had potential."

    I really liked the beginning but it got sappy and predictable. I'm disappointed because it had such potential.

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    Melanie Flynn Emmetsburg, Iowa USA 09-22-15
    Melanie Flynn Emmetsburg, Iowa USA 09-22-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Wonderful narration"

    The Shoemakers Wife is a sweet historical romance. Covering a time period from the turn of the century 1900 to the end of WW2 it conveys some of the detail of that era. At times it reads like a travel brochure. What it lacks in intensity is well supplemented by Orlagh Cassidy's excellent narration. Not only is she able to give each character a unique voice but she builds their personalities through her timing, inflections, and expressive delivery of their dialogue. Thank you both for sharing this book.

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